Esther Kern is a full intern during summer 2014 at AICGS. She is responsible for writing the AICGS Notizen Daily, assisting with the contact database, summarizing AICGS events, and contributing to the AICGS Notizen Blog. Her particular interest is the Foreign and Domestic Policy Program at AICGS.

Currently, Ms. Kern is enrolled at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, where she is seeking for a BA in Political Science with a minor in History. She spent her Junior Year studying abroad at Connecticut College, where she had time to focus on U.S. foreign policy and the transatlantic relationship between Germany and the United States.

Background At the G-8 summit in June last year, the United States and European Union agreed to begin the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). All parties involved were enthusiastic about the start of negotiations for a new trade treaty. Leaders publicly supported what could be the largest free trade zone in …Read More

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