“If Article 5 beckons, the United States should and will be there.” Barry Pavel and Jeff Lightfoot of the Atlantic Council It goes beyond saying that this statement is one of the few that all Americans agree on. But that is exactly the unsettling aspect of this reassurance. What necessitated this sentence? What placed this …Read More

This recent analysis by Kris Bledowski takes a look at the potential negative effects on the economies of Europe and the United States should a major meltdown – either economic or political – occur in Europe. In particular, Mr. Bledowski focuses on the specific sectors on both sides of the Atlantic that could bear the brunt …Read More

Did you know that there is approximately one bicycle trip taken in the U.S. for every twenty taken in Germany? AICGS Fellow and Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs Dr. Ralph Buehler recently co-wrote an article with Dr. John Pucher titled “Walking and Cycling in …Read More

Professor Dr. Helga Haftendorn, a former Professor of International Relations at the Free University Berlin and AICGS participant, examines Germany’s interest in the Arctic’s natural resources, particularly the interests of German industry that relies heavily on such resources. This essay, which is written in German, was originally published for Internationale Politik. Read the full publication …Read More

In a somewhat overlooked decision of the Supreme Court, the key provision of Arizona state’s immigration law is ruled constitutional. Giving rise to calls for and against this “your papers, please” law, this decision reopens a longstanding debate in American politics. Since the country’s founding, Americans have greatly feared the potential tyranny of identity documentation, …Read More

DAAD Prize 2012 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies Politics and International Relations Every year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) awards the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in recognition of exceptional work in one of the Institute’s three major areas of research: Foreign …Read More

For months, policymakers and public alike could only wait with bated breath for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health care reform law. As they pondered and deliberated the law’s constitutionality, the Court’s justices held Americans in suspense over the future of the polarizing and monumental reform. In the week leading up to …Read More

On June 6, 2012, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a proposal that would issue financial support (a so-called Betreuungsgeld, or child care subsidy) to families who care for their toddlers at home in lieu of enrolling them in state daycare facilities. If passed, it will appropriate 300 million Euros (500 million dollars)  of next year’s …Read More

However long it takes for the Federal Constitutional Court to rule on the legality of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the end result will be another chapter in the interpretation of Germany’s constitutional principles within the European Union. Ever since its founding, the Court has realized its role as a protector of the democratic process as …Read More

Jonathan Zatlin, winner of last year’s DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German Studies in the field of Economics at AICGS’ annual Global Leadership Award Dinner, recently co-wrote an article for Salon.com arguing that because German policymakers view the European financial crisis as the result of southern actions, they are unable to confront the real …Read More

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