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.


Dr. Thomas Mehlhausen is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in February and March 2015 and a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at the University of Potsdam. He works on the constitutionalization and widening of the European Union. At  AICGS, Dr. Mehlhausen will carry out the research project “The Future of the European Neighborhood Policy of the European Union.” …Read More

In his new book, Germany, Russia, and the Rise of Geo-Economics, Stephen Szabo argues that Germany has become a geo-economic power on the global stage. In a discussion with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes, Szabo assesses what the implications are for transatlantic relations and in particular for German-Russian relations.

On January 22, 2015, AICGS hosted Dr. Charles Kupchan, the Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council, for a roundtable discussion. Moderated by Dr. Jackson Janes, President of AICGS, the discussion focused on major current events, including Germany’s role as a European and global player, the current state of the European Union and …Read More

Lukas Graf

Dr. Lukas Graf is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from January to mid-March 2015 and a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Education and Society at the University of Luxembourg. His research combines comparative and historical institutional analysis as well as the sociology of education and political economy of skills. His book, The Hybridization of Vocational …Read More

As Francis Fukuyama describes in his latest book, Political Order and Political Decay, there is a vicious cycle within modern liberal democracies that is apparent today: a feedback loop of distrust and disappointment in government and its leaders, undercutting the ability and authority of government to meet expectations, disappointing citizens more and creating greater distrust. …Read More

The Presidential Office in Germany is a unique product of German history. It is a curious mixture of past monarchies and postwar symbolism of the Federal Republic. The office seeks to be above the political fray but still very much capable of influencing it. Joachim Gauck is the eleventh such President —one of two who …Read More

AICGS is pleased to welcome guest speakers Markus Grübel, State Secretary in the German Ministry of Defense and Jürgen Hardt, Member of Parliament and Coordinator for Transatlantic Relations in the Foreign Office  for a discussion on January 20, 2015. The conversation will be focused on the current responses of NATO to developments in Ukraine as well …Read More

Reforming the EU is hardly possible without coalitions of “builders” – member states willing and able to engage in sustainable coalition building at the EU level. Since 2008, the EU and its members have found themselves in the middle of yet another formative phase. Will member states eventually succeed in shaping a Union able to …Read More

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The lessons and legacies of 2014 will continue to shape Germany’s choices and their consequences. AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes remarks that change and continuity will both mark the new year’s agenda, but it is the unexpected events, whether in the foreign policy arena or domestic afairs which can shift policies and priorities. 2015 will be another occasion to see how Berlin responds to those challenges.

Andreas Schockenhoff passed away recently, and AICGS mourns a great loss. As a member of the Bundestag, Andreas was a frequent participant in our programs and a deeply committed transatlantic champion. But we also knew him as a loving father. He was always ready to engage wherever he could to strengthen the European project and …Read More

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