AICGS Notizen, the Institute's featured blog, tracks current events in the transatlantic community. It seeks to provide quick hitting commentaries and analysis from a wide array of policy experts on how these events may shape decisions made in both Europe and the United States.

In his essay for LSE IDEAS’ Special Report “New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations,” AICGS Senior Research Associate Parke Nicholson offers his views on the future of the transatlantic relationship. Many fear the transatlantic partnership is drifting apart. Disputes over policy, privacy, and security make it seem like the community of …Read More

The world of cybersecurity is a complicated maze of technology, politics, and policy, a constant competition among those who would harness all of them for good and/or ill. It is also a world in which the search for command and control runs faster than the capacity of governments to keep up. Fred Kaplan’s Dark Territory: …Read More

Yoshibumi Wakamiya (1948-2016), prize-winning Japanese journalist and author who worked throughout a long and distinguished career to promote reconciliation between Japan and its neighbors, passed away on April 27 in Beijing, where he had been participating in track two dialogues on Northeast Asian historical problems. In February 2011, Wakamiya gave a keynote address at a …Read More

“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

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