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.

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Volkswagen gets initial approval of $14.7 billion settlement with U.S. drivers. The auto maker plans to hire 250 to 300 people to work exclusively on the process. (WSJ) Registration for the new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement begins next month and companies need …Read More

Confirmed Speakers General Carsten Breuer, Director, Project Group White Paper on Security Policy, Federal Ministry of Defense Derek Chollet, Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, German Marshall Fund of the United States Hon. Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and CEO, Center for a New American Security Dr. Géza Andreas Freiherr von Geyr, Direcor General for Security and Defense Policy, German Federal Ministry …Read More

Dr. Bruno Kahl became president of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst – BND) on 1 July 2016, replacing Gerhard Schindler about two years ahead of his expected retirement. As head of Germany’s only foreign intelligence service, Kahl heads an agency of about 6,500 personnel charged with the collection and analysis of political, economic, military, and …Read More

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield—the successor to the invalidated Safe Harbor program for transatlantic transfers of EU personal data—was finally approved on July 12, 2016. U.S. organizations will be able to certify compliance with the Privacy Shield principles starting on August 1, 2016, and then be able to receive personal data from EU or EEA-based organizations …Read More

Das Vereinigte Königreich hätte auch im Falle seines Verbleibes in der EU weiter um seine Sonderrechte gekämpft, nur ausgesuchte Projekte und Maßnahmen des Integrationswerkes akzeptiert und wäre somit ein unbequemer Partner geblieben. Der Ausgang des Referendums reflektiert neben aktuellen Sorgen breiter Kreise der britischen Bevölkerung auch alte, zum Teil Jahrhunderte alte Kräfte, die Londons Haltung …Read More

In his recent essay, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann examines the latest debate over a “new German foreign policy.” Whereas ten years ago Germany described its foreign policy role as “playing an important part in shaping the future of Europe and beyond,” German officials lately have characterized the Federal Republic as a central actor in …Read More

Is Brexit a warning shot or a mortal wound for the European project? “What is past is prologue,” wrote Shakespeare in The Tempest, a play about the fragility of life and human nature. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” In Europe, the past is always prologue, but certainly today, it created the …Read More

With Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the clouds of uncertainty hanging over the proposed US-EU free trade deal (known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP) have become darker. The negotiations were formally launched three years ago and have stalled because of transatlantic differences (for instance over issues of investor protections and …Read More

What are the implications of Britain leaving the EU for Germany in the context of its relations with Russia? First, chancellor Merkel is losing an important ally in the EU for a vigorous response to Putin’s policies in what he considers to be a traditional Russian sphere of influence, that is, the Baltic nations, the …Read More

The Grand Coalition just cannot get rid of the hot potato called Europe. The governing parties are arguing with great persistence about the solutions and answers to the European crises of our time. The most recent example: the dispute between SPD party leader Sigmar Gabriel and Wolfgang Schäuble, the Europe doyen of the CDU. The …Read More

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