Explores the factors shaping important foreign and domestic policy debates in the United States, Germany, and Europe as they pertain to German-American relations and the German role in the international arena. The Foreign & Domestic Policy Program includes analysis of International Security Issues. It examines local and national Elections, and the role of Leadership in transatlantic policymaking. The program attempts to gain insight into appropriate reactions and responses to a variety of transatlantic challenges, including security and defense, climate, energy, immigration, intelligence, health care, and terrorism. Under the topic Energy and Climate Policy it examines European energy security and energy strategies for the future.

After over three decades in the world of intelligence services, Michael Morell’s personal biography of his career at the CIA offers some insights about how that secretive world looks from inside. He focuses on several cases to illustrate how he evaluates successes and failures along the way. The 9/11 experience, the invasion of Iraq, Bengazi, …Read More

Germany has stepped up its military aid to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq as part of an international effort to combat the growing threat to regional peace and stability posed by the Islamic State.  The Bundeswehr recently provided another tranche of arms and equipment to the Kurdish Regional Government’s armed forces (Peshmerga) and the German-led …Read More

DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies Politics and International Relations Every year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) awards the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in recognition of exceptional work in one of the Institute’s three major areas of research: Foreign & Domestic Policy …Read More

This new report from the Atlantic Council focuses on young people in Germany and the United States, the “Next Generation.” The report analyzes traditional themes in German-American relations as well as emerging issues, including equality, transparency, and diversity, from a younger perspective. Its Next Generation Strategy makes recommendations on transatlantic cooperation to face challenges in …Read More

In its latest report on the Future of German-American Relations, the GMF task force analyzes traditional central themes in the bilateral relationship. The report surveys public opinion on key issues in Germany and the United States, raises common challenges on the international stage, and makes recommendations to renew and strengthen bilateral ties. Read the report …Read More

When the news broke a few days ago that the U.S. Senate had finally approved the USA Freedom Act, German commenters received it with satisfaction. However, there are various differences between the USA Freedom Act and data retention laws in Europe, in particular the recent German bill on bulk traffic (i.e., metadata) data collection (Vorratsdatenspeicherung). …Read More

Amid the continuing saga of the NSA affair—spanning from the German debate about privacy and security to the USA Freedom Act—there is now another set of perspectives on the impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations of surveillance activities by U.S. intelligence agencies. Ronald Goldfarb has delivered a set of essays in the edited volume After Snowden: …Read More

More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the United States and Germany remain close political and economic allies. However, personal ties between the two allies have diminished. In Germany, favorable opinions of the United States are at an all-time low. On the other side of the Atlantic, the United States is …Read More

Save the Date for the fourth Annual Symposium in New York City! Please join us for our 4th Annual Symposium on “The Next Generation: Remapping the German- American Relationship.” It will feature breakfast, and an opening keynote, and a panel comprised of young people who will discuss international security issues, the Euro crisis, immigration and integration …Read More

Amid the tensions between Berlin and Washington generated by the NSA affair, one might be tempted to remind both sides of the Atlantic that (apologies to Jack Nicholson’s character in “A Few Good Men”), “you can’t handle the truth.” While the current news headlines in Germany and the U.S. both reference the same acronym—NSA—the debate …Read More

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