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.

Chancellor Merkel’s recent visit to Washington, DC, created a number of quite remarkable moments that will be remembered as they marked a new tone in transatlantic relations. Not least, the meeting will be remembered for Merkel’s facial expression when the new president of the United States suggested that they share common experiences of surveillance through …Read More

It is no secret that the United States shoulders the lion’s share of NATO’s defense spending. This was true during the Cold War, where the U.S. funded roughly one-half of NATO’s budget, but has become a more contentious point for the transatlantic alliance since the end of the Cold War. For most of the post-Cold …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump just signed a ‘buy American’ order, but his own businesses don’t (Business Insider) How Donald Trump affects America’s tourist business (The Economist) Probe could lead to duties on all steel imports (Politico) Schauble defends German trade surplus in the …Read More

In the last sixty years, the institutionalized cooperation between sovereign nation states in Europe has been a major success. Underpinned by a U.S. commitment to the defense of Europe, European integration has delivered the longest period of peace and prosperity across most of Europe since the times of the Roman Empire. However, sixty years after the …Read More

Europe is beset with multiple, intersecting challenges and crises, among them unwelcome inward migration, suffocating indebtedness in the southern tier, rising populist nationalism evident from Britain and France to Hungary and Poland, and residue from the 2008 economic/euro crisis, to name the more prominent ones. Less noticed or commented is the European Union’s need to …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics If Germany’s Got a Jobs Miracle, Not Everyone’s a Believer (Bloomberg) Machine exports to Russia: China overtakes Germany (DW) High Time to Cut Germany’s Tax Burden, Economists Tell Merkel (Bloomberg) Germany’s Schäuble promises ‘moderate’ tax cuts (DW) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

Privatization of security services is growing in both the United States and Germany. Although the two countries share a similar trend, there are some diverging approaches to the field of security. In some instances, like personal protection or cash and valuable transport, we see gradual disparities or differences in scale or scope. But in others …Read More

The highly anticipated first meeting between Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping concluded quietly against the backdrop of U.S. missile strikes in Syria. Despite flawlessly choreographed appearances and mutually-assured friendship, the Chinese and U.S. leadership face huge gaps on issues such as trade and regional security. On North Korea, aside from vague reassurance of …Read More

I recently visited Charlotte, North Carolina with a small group convened by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). The purpose of the trip was to examine how Charlotte, a city with a growing immigrant population, is helping to integrate migrants into the workforce. Charlotte’s immigrant population increased by nearly 875 percent between 1980 …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics U.S.-China trade scorecard: advantage China (USA Today) How Trump can Improve the Messy U.S.-Chinese Economic Relationship (NYT) Germany criticizes Trump executive orders on trade (Deutsche Welle) As U.S. targets Berlin on Trade, German Manufacturers Lobby Trump (NYT) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

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