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.

There were many expectations when the Wall came down. Not least among them that Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe would finally receive payments from Germany for their suffering. But a decade would pass before that happened. Germany was preoccupied with unification, and it was nervous about facing claims from newly independent Eastern European states …Read More

Amid the current decision by the German Bundestag to support the Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq with arms exports, Arsland Deichsel and Rana Deep Islam (an AICGS Non-Resident Fellow) make the case for a new council of armament experts in their recent article “Deutschland braucht einen Expertenrat für Rüstung” [in German]. The export of arms …Read More

While Washington fumbled the NSA clash with Germany, Berlin too has had a hand in stoking the heated debate over U.S. surveillance programs. Public denunciations and empty promises of retaliation undermine the vital intelligence coordination to counter real threats to both our countries. We may eventually strike a better balance between security and privacy, but …Read More

Nicole Renvert

Dr. Nicole Renvert is a political scientist with a special focus on the analysis of think tanks, foundations, and Non-Governmental Institutions. Her recent book “Power Brokers in Difficult Times” reviews the role of German Political Foundations in transatlantic relations. Dr. Renvert has studied History, International Relations, and Political Science at the Universities of Bonn, the …Read More

The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2015-2016 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with …Read More

Katholische Hofkirche (cathedral) by night with full moon

The recent state elections in Saxony have brought another troubling result for the Free Democrats. Meanwhile, the Alternative for Germany enters their first state parliament with an outside chance of a position as the Christian Democrats’ junior coalition partner, though the Social Democrats are a more likely partner.

“The possible size of the [surveillance] programs has shocked people.” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with Dr. Günter Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, to talk about promoting further transatlantic dialogue on data privacy issues.

 Introduction On 11 July 2014 the Bundesrat (the upper house of the German parliament) passed a reform of Germany’s renewable energy law. The reform subsequently went into effect on 1 August 2014.[1] The original law, the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (Renewable Energy Act or EEG), was first adopted in 2000. Coupled with Germany’s decision in 2011 to phase out nuclear energy,[2] the …Read More

Twice burned by American intelligence, Germany’s pride is wounded and its officials seethe with frustration. This is the state of German-American relations after the monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls and last month’s expulsion of a top CIA official from Berlin. It also is a synopsis of the recent film adaptation of John le Carre’s …Read More

Vienna talks between the P5+1 and Iran over its nuclear program have gained ground this past year, but have been overshadowed by events in the Middle East and elsewhere.  The panelists will address the negotiations to date and offer perspectives on Iran and the challenges for the way forward, particularly in reintegrating Iran into the …Read More