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.

Afghanistan will confront and challenge Germany in the coming year. It will require close collaboration between the United States and Germany as well as the coalition allies, as the ability of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to secure the country against the return of the Taliban promises to be an uphill battle. With …Read More

Anxiety over terrorism and migration is shaping the electoral dynamics in both Europe and the United States. Both of these complex challenges belie simplistic characterization (or demonization); unfortunately, the politics of fear remains compelling and bravado reassures. In the coming year, Western governments will continue to struggle with preserving open societies capable of integrating migrants …Read More

The shorter-term security agenda for the German-American relationship this year is likely to focus on the intertwined crises of ISIS, Syria, and refugees.  We should expect more ISIS-inspired or directed attacks in Europe, to include Germany. This complex of related threats will pull the West into larger security concerns about what to do in Syria. …Read More

Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer is right: The European project is in trouble. In a recent article in Sueddeutsche Zeitung he even fears that a European suicide is a real possibility. Europe’s multiple crises could indeed derail the European project at a time when a common European voice is desperately needed to deal with …Read More

The EU is acting at breakneck speed to fill the legal gap that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) created in October, invalidating the Safe Harbor Agreement for EU/U.S. data transfers. EU Justice Commissioner Vĕra Jourová reported on 1 February 2016 to the European Parliament’s Committee on Freedoms and Human Rights (Civil Liberties, Justice, and …Read More

Against the backdrop of the continuing refugee crisis in Europe, Josef Janning, Head of Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, sits down with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes to discuss how Germany can manage the crisis with its European partners. Mr. Janning suggests that, lacking a broad consensus within the …Read More

In this article from the Berlin Policy Journal, AICGS Trustee Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger calls for Europe to demonstrate its leadership and a common foreign policy in ending the civil war in Syria. Now that Germany has decided to contribute to anti-IS operations in Syria, the key question is how to end the Syrian civil war, …Read More

For those who wished for an improvement in the Middle East, the New Year certainly started with plenty of disappointments. Drastic deterioration of Saudi-Iranian relations, calamitous attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the persistent menace of the Islamic State (ISIS) are conspiring to erase all traces of optimism. At home in Europe, mass assaults on …Read More

The mass assaults against women that occurred in Cologne and elsewhere on New Year’s Eve have reverberated all over Germany and indeed well beyond. The fact that most of the assailants were newly-arrived asylum seekers and other immigrants launched a tidal wave of criticism directed not only at the local authorities in Cologne, but increasingly at Angela …Read More

2015 did not end well for President Obama. 2016 did not begin well for Chancellor Merkel. But they will both face even more serious challenges in the new year. For Obama, it is his final year in the White House. For Merkel, it could help determine whether she will have several more years in the …Read More

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