America and the rest of the world are still struggling to understand what led to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election of 2016. It is almost dangerous—and at the very least, surprising—that the influence of Russian cyberattacks and disinformation are not a major subject within current discussions. They were reason enough for German chancellor …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out (The Local Germany) Germany considers forcing Facebook to delete fake news (Politico) Tech employees vow not to help Trump surveil Muslims, deport immigrants (Reuters) China’s billionaire warns Trump curbs could …Read More

The U.S. election is over, but with regard to the future of German-American cooperation, it has provided more questions than answers. German policymakers, like their counterparts around the world, are left wondering: What will Donald Trump’s victory mean for America’s role in the world, for NATO, for trade policy, or for climate change negotiations? Until …Read More

Which actors contribute to the stabilization of post-conflict societies—and how—is a question of utmost importance. Scholars and practitioners alike have argued that economic interdependencies and economic well-being is a beneficial factor in stabilizing a post-violent region, and in aiding a process of reconciliation.[1] After all, if people experience that peace is worthwhile, conflict seems less …Read More

The ripple effects of Donald Trump’s election victory continue to expand around the world. “What if” questions have emerged in corners of thinking about alliances, treaties, and traditions which had marked U.S. foreign policy for decades. One particularly high profile question arose in remarks made by Trump with regard to his assertion that more countries, …Read More

Now that president-elect Donald Trump has selected his national security team, what course will he set? In a recent interview Henry Kissinger, the US secretary of state in the 1970s, cautions that “America has conceived of foreign policy as a series of discrete challenges to be addressed as they arise on their merits rather than …Read More

German Ambassador Dr. Arndt Burchard Ludwig, Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven was selected to become NATO’s first intelligence chief on 21 October 2016 and took up his new post in December.   As the Assistant Secretary-General for Intelligence and Security, Freytag von Loringhoven oversees the civilian intelligence analysts providing assessments to the NATO Secretary General and allied …Read More

In mid-November 2016, Minnesota U.S. District Judge Mike Davis handed down sentences to nine defendants, all young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis, who earlier this year were convicted of supporting ISIL. Davis’ convictions were unprecedented in terms of their leniency: The sentences involved counseling and treatment, reduced prison time, and supervised release. Having evaluated the defendants’ potential …Read More

The 2016 U.S. presidential election created shock waves around the world, but it was not the first unexpected outcome in 2016, and would not be the last. The results of elections and referenda held in 2016 in the U.S. and in Europe are likely to have a significant impact on upcoming elections in 2017. Right-wing …Read More

President-elect Donald Trump remains over a month away from being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, but concerns over his potential European agenda have already taken hold across many corners of the transatlantic community. Although such fears have been buttressed by domestic European politics, there is reason to believe a Trump …Read More

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