The discussion of the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the current international system is as old as the end of the Cold War–by now nearly 25 years. Much of this debate centers around the question of whether NATO has outlived its usefulness. Following the classic formulation of Lord Ismay, didn’t the …Read More

Dr. Nicole Renvert’s recent book, “Machtmakler in schwierigen Zeiten?: Die Rolle der deutschen politischen Stiftungen in den transatlantischen Beziehungen,” (WVT, 2014) is an insightful survey of public policy research institute’s transforming role in transatlantic relations and is available from the publisher, WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. Highlighting the research underlying this book, AICGS hosted a seminar …Read More

Drone technology has come to the forefront of defining modern and future warfare, helped in part by its efficiency in ongoing American military campaigns. But compared to the United States, German drone capabilities are abysmally low, stymied by a combined lack of drone production experience/capability as well as anti-drone feelings pervasive in German public opinion. …Read More

AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Prof. Gunther Hellmann examines the clash between Germany and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis in the framework of Germany’s understanding of itself as a twenty-first century power–Gestaltungsmacht–versus a designation of Russia as reverting to nineteenth century tactics. Referencing the foreign policy speeches delivered by President Gauck and Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the …Read More

Washington DC, June 3, 2014 — The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) announced today that it has received a $30,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation and a $70,000 grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation to study apprenticeship models. The study will identify best practices among employers, educators, and government that prepare the current and …Read More