Foreign & Domestic Policy Program

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.

Der Fall Amerika, Manfred Henningsen


Amid the tensions between Germany and the United States over the NSA’s surveillance, worries arise about a growing wave of animosity among Germans toward America. The contrast with the early idolization of President Barack Obama and the current mood is evident in German public opinion polls. Yet, snapshots taken in polls do… Read more >

Of Spycraft and Statecraft

Why spy on Berlin, when parliamentarians and journalists regularly spill the beans? Asking this question, frequent AICGS contributor and Trustee Dr. Joe Joffe details the perceptions and realities of the German-American friendship during further revelations of surveillance. Read Essay

Privacy and Power: A Reflection on the German-American Intelligence Crisis


The Germans are angry. They have been simmering since Edward Snowden’s disclosures last summer revealed the startling extent of American intelligence-gathering and data-collection activities in Europe. Now they are boiling-over. The discovery, in the last few days, of paid American informants in the German Federal Intelligence Service and the Ministry of Defense,… Read more >

No Fear of International Responsibility

Rana Deep Islam, an AICGS Non-Resident Fellow, co-authors this in-depth analysis of the state of German foreign policy. After calls for increased engagement from Germany’s policy elite, it is time for a wide-spread debate. Summary: The German government is confronted with the new situation that its neighbors are worried by Germany’s reserved… Read more >

20th Annual Global Leadership Award Dinner

Dec 15 Register

Please consider sponsoring a table or seat at the 20th Annual AICGS Global Leadership Award Dinner on Monday, December 15, 2014 in NYC. This year we will honor Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Allianz SE (CEO) at a gala dinner. The dinner will be preceded by the third Annual AICGS Symposium.

AICGS Notizen Daily: July 21, 2014

A snapshot of “the Latest in German-American Relations,” this aggregate of major news and analysis across all issue areas will appears on the AICGS Notizen Blog at mid-day (EST) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

“A World in Flux”: German-American Relations and a Changing Global Order

Dec 15 Register

Please join AICGS on Monday, December 15, 2014, for its Third Annual Symposium in New York City, immediately prior to the Global Leadership Award Dinner. This Symposium will explore Germany and America’s roles in shaping the emerging global order and discuss new avenues for transatlantic cooperation.

AICGS Notizen Daily: July 17, 2014

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A snapshot of “the Latest in German-American Relations,” this aggregate of major news and analysis across all issue areas will appears on the AICGS Notizen Blog at mid-day (EST) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

German-American Relations in Trouble? A Conversation with MdB Niels Annen

Further revelations of spying in Germany are “limiting the ability to work together.” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with MdB Niels Annen, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Bundestag.  

Of Omnipotence and Mistrust


The recent developments in the spying scandal in Berlin raised feathers only slightly with policymakers and pundits in DC. True, it may be a very self-centered German view to assume that the allegations that the CIA recruited a German agent—and the lack of any meaningful American explanation—are indeed a sign of a… Read more >