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, including the twenty-first century challenge of Cybersecurity. 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 the German-American relationship with China, security and defense, climate, energy, immigration, intelligence, health care, terrorism, and relations with the Middle East, including Turkey.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The decline of the Swiss private bank (The Financial Times) China’s ghost in Europe’s telecom machine (Politico) Draghi dragging up the rear (Handelsblatt) U.S. criticizes Germany’s support of new Russian natural gas line (The Wall Street Journal) Foreign and Domestic Policy ‘One …Read More

Political surprises have been a theme in 2016 and 2017, starting with the Brexit referendum, to the election of Donald Trump, to the success of Emmanuel Macron’s new party in France, to a weakened Angela Merkel and her difficulty forming a government. With growing populism and disruption seen on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s …Read More

President Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the UN Paris Climate Agreement caused many European policymakers and experts to shift their focus on deepening the subnational transatlantic energy and climate cooperation. U.S. states—unsatisfied with the U.S. administration’s domestic and international climate policies—are eagerly embracing the European overtures. Governor Jerry Brown of California has already …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Tax rivalry: For Europe, more pros than cons from Trump’s bill (Handelsblatt) Europe’s banks are stronger than they were, but not strong enough (The Economist) Cryptocurrencies: Wall Street banks push back on launch of bitcoin futures (Financial Times) Japan and EU reach …Read More

In recent years, populism has gained momentum. Not only in countries where the phenomenon has been known for decades, but also in established liberal democracies around the world. Even the United States of America, the self-proclaimed flagship of the liberal world, elected a president who pursued a populist campaign, embraces a disruptive form of governing, …Read More

Regarding cyber threats as a key challenge to their core security interests, NATO and the EU jointly declared at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016 that cooperating in countering cyber threats will be of strategic priority. Both actors also have recognized that the provision of relevant intelligence is vital in response to these threats. The …Read More

Until late on November 19, 2017, Germany was one of the few large countries in Europe not afflicted by a major crisis. This perception of Germany as a pillar of stability in an uncertain and unpredictable world changed suddenly when the negotiations for forming a new government collapsed. Since 2005, Chancellor Angela Merkel has been …Read More

It’s now clear that the high-water mark of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship was August 31, 2015—the day she opened Germany’s borders to a wave of asylum seekers. In October, German voters rebuked her and her coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), severely, and the exit polls make it unmistakably clear that the punishment was largely a …Read More

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of global issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. The 3-year project is funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). A group of …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics US rejects China’s bid for ‘market economy’ status (Wall Street Journal) Euro zone reform: Weak or not, Berlin can still say ‘Nein’ (Handelsblatt) As OPEC extends output cuts, Asia turns to North America for more oil (Reuters) Foreign and Domestic Policy US …Read More

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