“The very notion of a grand scheme of things is a nightmarish obscenity.” – Thomas Ligotti, author of Songs of a Dead Dreamer In the years since the Great Recession began, political elites in Germany have pondered a critical question: how can Germany retain its economic growth in a world of increasing industrial competition and …Read More

A new report from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looks at Germany’s role in European foreign and security policy, asking how dominant Germany has become within the EU.  It features analysis from two former DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows.  Liana Fix focuses on Germany’s crisis management skills and policies in the case of Ukraine in her essay “Leadership in …Read More

Barack Obama’s final year in office is one with the world in upheaval. It is also the year that will shape the security strategy for the next U.S. president. This commentary paper from J.D. Bindenagel, Director of AICGS partner organization the Center for International Security and Governance at the Universität Bonn, examines Obama’s security strategy, …Read More

Upon opening the high-level Geneva conference at the end of March, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the world must “address the biggest refugee crisis of our time.”  The conference focused on strategies regarding Syrian refugees, including resettlement.  According to the UN refugee agency, up to 10 percent of Syria’s 4.8 million refugees …Read More

Eight years ago, we watched an American rock star perform on a hot summer day in Berlin. That he was also a young, black politician seemed a revelation to the crowd. They swooned to his lyrics that promised “justice and peace” and “new walls we must tear down.” Europeans believed he was “their” candidate for …Read More

Immediately after the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings, AICGS Non-resident Senior Fellow Peter Rashish dials in from across the Atlantic for a discussion with AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera on the questions and concerns that emerged from the gathering in Washington. Amid a dimmed growth outlook for the global economy, there are multiple challenges ahead for …Read More

March 13 saw strong voter support in three German state elections for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party. Fueled by continuing waves of incoming refugees, anxiety is building in a country that just a decade ago started to see immigration as an opportunity. Together with its European neighbors, Germany is now facing tremendous pressure …Read More

European Commission may need to revise the draft proposal to meet the concerns expressed by the Article 29 Working Party. On 29 February 2016, the European Commission published a draft adequacy decision to establish the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the replacement for the invalidated Safe Harbor program that previously allowed transfers of personal data between the European …Read More

Trudeaumania 2.0—the sense of hope and optimism once again coming from a young, liberal prime minister north of the border—has so far found greatest resonance in concrete steps like an openness to refugees, a gender-balanced cabinet, and climate change activism. The new Canadian government’s decision to increase government spending by nearly $100 billion over six …Read More

A simple question runs through this book—why is Germany different? The authors are deciphering the secrets to answer that question and, in their analysis, offer explanations for Germany’s ability to steer through challenges. The authors are essentially looking at how Germany has managed to arrive as an economic success story against so many odds and …Read More

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