Explores the factors shaping important foreign and domestic policy debates in the United States, Germany, and Europe as they pertain to German-American relations. The Foreign & Domestic Policy Program includes analysis of International Security Issues concentrating on projects assessing risk in transatlantic relations, including risk identification, risk management, and risk communication. The program attempts to gain insight into appropriate reactions and responses to a variety of transatlantic challenges, including financial, security and defense, climate, immigration, and terrorism. Under the topic Energy and Climate Policy it examines European energy security and energy strategies for the future.

The international environment that produced the First World War exactly one hundred years ago was a struggle for “places in the sun” as countries competed for colonial lands. The settlement after the war was complicated by secret agreements to redraw borders and acquire territory. Efforts to end such land grabs once and for all—the tales …Read More


Germany and its NATO and EU partners continue to rely on Russian heavy airlift to support their expeditionary military and humanitarian relief operations in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa, despite political tensions over Ukraine and associated western sanctions. Germany was the driving force behind the creation of the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS), which …Read More

University - Andreas Levers

In the 2013-2014 academic year, tuition fees for undergraduate students at American universities averaged a whopping $5,410 (€4,353) each semester—and this does not include housing, dining costs, or personal expenses.1 Apart from occasional criticism and debates, tuition fees have never stirred major political protests on this side of the pond. When German students were obliged …Read More

Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz, a DAAD/AICGS research fellow in May and June 2013, has recently published a paper in the journal Global Environmental Politics, building on his research conducted while at AICGS. In his essay “Transparency in the Extractive Industries: Time to Ask for More,” Prof. Dr. Bleischwitz discusses efforts to establish financial transparency in …Read More

When history was about to turn the corner at the end of the 1980s and German unification shot to the top of the international agenda, not everybody was cheering. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was one of the boo-birds. The prime minister was no fan of Germany in the first place and she distrusted Germany’s …Read More

The heated debate about competence and limits of foreign intelligence in Germany began long before Edward Snowden’s revelation of the NSA’s massive surveillance and eavesdropping activities against German politicians and citizens. It is an old problem that still continues to pose a menace to the contemporary transatlantic relationship at large as well as to concrete …Read More

Business and Economics Deutsche Bank: New Chief Financial Officer Faces Losses (Welt): Goldman-Sachs-Manager Marcus Schenck will be the new Chief Financial Officer of the Deutsche Bank. At the same time, Germany’s largest financial institution announced losses of €92 million. Consequences of the Sanctions: German Exports to Russia Collapse (Spiegel): The European sanctions against Russia have …Read More

There were several milestones in October that reminded Germans and non-Germans again how much the past twenty-five years have changed the Federal Republic of Germany. While October 3 is the formal anniversary of Germany’s unification, now twenty-four years later, Germans placed a particular focus this year on the demonstrations in Leipzig on 9 October 1989, …Read More

In the fall of 1989, I studied at the Karl-Marx-University in Leipzig. As a student of theology, I was able to participate in the demonstrations on the street as well as in other activities, like prayers with my fellow students. Students of other faculties would have been ex-matriculated had they been seen demonstrating, but theologians …Read More

Langfristiges Ziel sollte nach wie vor eine gesamteuropäische Friedensordnung unter Einschluss Russlands bleiben. Allerdings haben sich mit den autoritären Entwicklungen in der russischen Innenpolitik, der Abwendung der russischen Führung von Europa, der Annexion der Krim und dem kriegsähnlichen Konflikt in der Ost-Ukraine die Rahmenbedingungen für diese Politik geändert. Wir stehen daher am Beginn einer neuen …Read More

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