Call it the Spider-Man Doctrine: With great power comes great responsibility. Enunciated not by Stan Lee but by Germany’s President Joachim Gauck in a speech at last week’s Munich Security Conference, this sentiment made front page news all over Europe. Why? Because Mr. Gauck urged Germans to fundamentally rethink their attitude toward international affairs in …Read More

Past Fellow Dr. Patrick Keller writes that, although German military power has come a long way since the beginning of the 1990s, domestic publics have put up obstacles that will make future security policy more difficult. Defense spending has troubled German policymakers and the Bundeswehr leadership in their efforts to transform German armed forces to …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 members allow enlargement …Read More

Europe will soon need to focus greater attention on its shared defense policy, an aspect that has been overlooked for quite some time. According to the authors, Germany must take the lead for such an initiative.

Dr. Patrick Keller ist Koordinator für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin. 2002 war Dr. Keller ein DAAD/AICGS Fellow. November 2011 bei einer sicherheitspolitischen Konferenz im kanadischen Halifax: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Politikwissenschaftlerin an der Universität Princeton, ergreift das Publikumsmikrofon und rügt die Herren auf dem Podium für ihren „unablässigen Fokus auf Asien“. Ständig höre sie …Read More