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.

A new report from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looks at Germany’s role in European foreign and security policy, asking how dominant Germany has become within the EU.  It features analysis from two former DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows.  Liana Fix focuses on Germany’s crisis management skills and policies in the case of Ukraine in her essay “Leadership in …Read More

Barack Obama’s final year in office is one with the world in upheaval. It is also the year that will shape the security strategy for the next U.S. president. This commentary paper from J.D. Bindenagel, Director of AICGS partner organization the Center for International Security and Governance at the Universität Bonn, examines Obama’s security strategy, …Read More

AICGS will hold its third annual Transatlantic Dialogue of the States, Cities, and Communities on May 20, 2016 in cooperation with the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. While German-American relations focus mainly on the connections between Berlin and Washington, this dialogue will bring together civic leaders from throughout Germany and the United States to discuss …Read More

Eight years ago, we watched an American rock star perform on a hot summer day in Berlin. That he was also a young, black politician seemed a revelation to the crowd. They swooned to his lyrics that promised “justice and peace” and “new walls we must tear down.” Europeans believed he was “their” candidate for …Read More

In Germany, the process of European integration has altered the balance of power between the executive and the legislature as well as the federal and state levels. This process has by and large worked to the detriment of parliaments and of the “Länder.” However, this balance of power is still forming in the wake of …Read More

European Commission may need to revise the draft proposal to meet the concerns expressed by the Article 29 Working Party. On 29 February 2016, the European Commission published a draft adequacy decision to establish the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the replacement for the invalidated Safe Harbor program that previously allowed transfers of personal data between the European …Read More

When the hundreds of government officials and international organization leaders make their way to Washington for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, an explosion of traffic jams around the city follows. But there is another traffic jam emerging among the network of institutions, and their leaders seem to be having …Read More

The project investigates whether and how Germany and the U.S. have driven the allied military and post-conflict strategy in Afghanistan, the policy areas in which they cooperated and competed, and the German-American interactions and relationships in and outside of the mission. The project contributes to mapping the U.S.-German security relationship and illuminates debates about Germany …Read More

The passing of Hans-Dietrich Genscher marks another milestone in the unique history of the leadership of the Federal Republic of Germany. His life and career embody the path of the Republic and its emergence out of its Cold War birth into a unified nation. Genscher was intricately involved in its evolution, serving as foreign minister for …Read More

The career and success of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who died at age 89 on March 30, illustrate the strength of continuity in office. Such continuity has long been a feature of German political life:  Konrad Adenauer headed the Federal Republic’s government for fourteen years, Walter Ulbricht the German Democratic Republic’s for seventeen; and Angela Merkel, chancellor …Read More

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