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.

Global and regional conflicts, policy uncertainty and diverging visions of a future world order contribute to a growing demand for strategic foresight and planning in foreign and security policy. Germany has acknowledged its need for clearly defined policy goals and a strict prioritization of available resources to fulfill its commitment to take on more responsibility …Read More

The election Sunday was a relatively simple one. Voters chose Sebastian Kurz and his People’s Party (ÖVP) and the more right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) because they are worried about immigration and identity but preferred it with a smiling, unthreatening face.  According to electoral analysis in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, voters’ overriding concern was migration and …Read More

It may still be exhilarating for many in the United Kingdom to hear the chorus to “Land of Hope and Glory”: Land of hope and glory, Mother of the free, How shall we extol thee, Who are born of thee Wider still and wider, Shall thy bounds be set, God who made thee mighty, Make …Read More

For many years, the state of Maine was a reliable indicator of the U.S. political mood. So much so that the phrase “As Maine goes, so goes the nation” gained currency.  Maine’s career as a political bellwether came to a crashing end in 1936, when Republican Alf Landon carried only two New England states. That led …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Trump sets NAFTA goals: dilute pact’s force, weaken regional bonds (Wall Street Journal) EU bid for gas talks with Moscow falters (Reuters) European fintechs licensing to become simpler (Handelsblatt) Bitcoin reaches new milestone by smashing past $5,000 mark (Bloomberg) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

A first post-election poll published by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen reveals three important findings regarding the German public’s assessment of the choices they made in the Bundestag election. General dissatisfaction with the results of the election: 66% of Germans polled are displeased with the results of the vote compared to only 28% who are pleased. This compares …Read More

Dr. Guido Steinberg is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in Fall 2017. In Germany, Guido Steinberg works for at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has worked as a research coordinator at the Free University of Berlin and an advisor on …Read More

While the recent German election has been getting all the attention, Sunday’s election in Austria is likely to be more scrutinized than normal in this consensus-oriented country. The likely winner and next chancellor is Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP, the rough equivalent of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union). Kurz is …Read More

Sonja Thielges is a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. At IASS, her work focuses on the global energy transition. Her research interests include the G20 energy agenda, the international dimension of the energy transition as well as U.S. energy and climate policy. Before joining IASS, Sonja was a …Read More

Pia Seyfried is a legislative assistant for European policy in the German Bundestag and an assistant to the board of Women in International Security Germany e.V. (WIIS.de). She gives lectures on European affairs at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and publishes articles focusing on EU security policy and intelligence cooperation. Pia Seyfried holds …Read More

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