Generates insights into the institutional, political, cultural, and historical factors that shape our responses to deepening economic integration and the challenges of globalization. Current issues in the Business & Economics Program include Trade and Financial Governance, which looks at macroeconomic discrepancies, studies the responses of central banks and fiscal authorities to current challenges, and analyzes transatlantic trade and growth. Educating the Future Workforce assesses ongoing workforce development and labor market challenges for the United States and Europe. It seeks lessons on work-based learning systems and their role in boosting employment and economic growth from other countries’ experiences in an effort to apply them to the United States. Under the topic Energy and Climate Policy, it examines European energy security and the economic impact of energy and environmental policy.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump says no plan to pull out of NAFTA ‘at this time’ (Washington Post) Tesla hikes pay to quell unrest at key German supplier (Reuters) Germany claims it is finally bringing down large trade surplus (The Local DE) Germany Tightens …Read More

Anticipated demographic changes in the United States suggest that many communities—and their workforces—will be increasingly minority-based, with Hispanic population growth outpacing other minority groups. Young minorities across the country will be seeking employment in a variety of fields, including in technical fields that require solid knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). AICGS’ project …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump just signed a ‘buy American’ order, but his own businesses don’t (Business Insider) How Donald Trump affects America’s tourist business (The Economist) Probe could lead to duties on all steel imports (Politico) Schauble defends German trade surplus in the …Read More

The G20 is facing its second big litmus test. Almost ten years ago, only decisive action by the G20 prevented the global economy from spiraling into a deep depression. Not only did the G20 coordinate macroeconomic policies; the leaders also committed to a standstill and rollback on protectionism and thus preempted beggar-thy-neighbor policies. The G20 …Read More

As international delegates begin arriving in Washington, DC, for the first IMF/World Bank semi-annual meetings of the Trump era, among the biggest question facing leaders from around the world is what to make of the Trump administration’s frequently faulty understanding of how the world works. One cannot, for instance, read U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s …Read More

In the last sixty years, the institutionalized cooperation between sovereign nation states in Europe has been a major success. Underpinned by a U.S. commitment to the defense of Europe, European integration has delivered the longest period of peace and prosperity across most of Europe since the times of the Roman Empire. However, sixty years after the …Read More

The next G20 summit will take place in Hamburg on July 7-8, 2017. As part of the G20’s outreach process, the B20 is the official business dialogue of the G20, representing the entire G20 business community. Together, the leading German business associations BDI (Federation of German Industries), DIHK (Association of German Chambers of Industry and …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics If Germany’s Got a Jobs Miracle, Not Everyone’s a Believer (Bloomberg) Machine exports to Russia: China overtakes Germany (DW) High Time to Cut Germany’s Tax Burden, Economists Tell Merkel (Bloomberg) Germany’s Schäuble promises ‘moderate’ tax cuts (DW) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

The second meeting of the AICGS Geoeconomics Strategy Group focused on “Trade Policy: Is the Best Defense Still a Good Offense?” The new U.S. administration’s emphasis on trade defense—stepping up enforcement mechanisms to ensure that countries or companies that violate trade laws are held accountable for their actions—is an important feature of international economic engagement. …Read More

In international relations, a distinction is often drawn between the “realist” school that bases decision-making on an objective calculation of national interests, and an “idealist” school that emphasizes principles such as promoting democracy and human rights. When President Trump declared in his April 7 Weekly Address that “[O]ur decisions will be guided by our values …Read More

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