Foreign & Domestic Policy Program
Explores the factors shaping important foreign and domestic policy debates in the United States, Germany, and Europe as they pertain to German-American relations. The Foreign & Domestic Policy Program includes analysis of International Security Issues concentrating on projects assessing risk in transatlantic relations, including risk identification, risk management, and risk communication. The program attempts to gain insight into appropriate reactions and responses to a variety of transatlantic challenges, including financial, security and defense, climate, immigration, and terrorism. Under the topic Energy and Climate Policy it examines European energy security and energy strategies for the future.
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy’s historic visit to Berlin that symbolized a united German-American pursuit of freedom, President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate this week. Upon his visit, he will sit down with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the present state and… Read more >
The following essay on President Obama’s visit to Berlin by AICGS President Jack Janes was originally published in German by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung on June 17, 2013, which can be viewed here: Fremde Freunde, By Jack Janes, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 17 June 2013 Ever since President Obama decided to visit Berlin this month after much… Read more >
Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz is Co-Director on ‘Material Flows and Resource Management’ at the Wuppertal Institute (WI) in Germany, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Economist by training, Raimund has twenty years plus experience in research on environmental and resource economics, raw material conflicts, sustainability, resource efficiency,… Read more >
On April 25, 2013, the AICGS Foreign & Domestic Policy Program hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign policy advisor, moderated by Dr. Jackson Janes, President of AICGS. The rich discussion focused on a number of foreign policy and economic topics, and stressed the German desire for European competitiveness and a balanced budget.
Germany’s debate over its foreign policy parameters is a portrait of a country struggling with its own past and present. Yet this same debate does not shed much light on its future. That is not necessarily different from other countries, including the U.S. But the benchmarks of the debates reflect different ways… Read more >
AICGS President Jack Janes sat down with Christian Schmidt, President of the German Atlantic Association and Parliamentary State Secretary for the German Ministry of Defense, and Gen. Dr. Klaus Naumann, Vice President of the German Atlantic Association and Senator for the German National Foundation, to discuss the changing parameters of transatlantic relations… Read more >
In this recently published report from the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Dr. Patrick Keller, Coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and AICGS participant, explores the debates surrounding the policy of NATO enlargement between the current members. As this issue continues to grow within NATO’s ranks, how far will current… Read more >
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Yet, it drew a somewhat limited focus in the German media, which was much more attentive to the new Pope in Rome or the economic plight of Cyprus. Those commentaries that did aim at this milestone reflected a glass half empty attitude… Read more >
In this recent Financial Times piece, Ulrich Speck, Publicist for Global Europe and former AICGS Fellow, dissects the foreign policy stance of Germany with regards to the use of military force. As Germany has begun reverting back to its pacifist stance toward armed conflicts abroad, such as Libya and Syria, it could… Read more >
On April 8, 2013 AICGS and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) hosted an off-the-record conference on “Climate and Energy Risks: A Transatlantic Cooperation.” The conference was generously supported by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesregierung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi). An interdisciplinary group of scholars and experts from Germany and the United States discussed the following topics on four different panels: energy security, the shale gas challenge, nuclear energy, and mitigating and adapting to climate risks. This conference was part of an ongoing project on “New Systemic Risks: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation,” which examines the impediments and opportunities for transatlantic risk management.