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.

The murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow has added another dimension to the German debate over relations with Russia. The stand-off between the opposition and Putin’s sympathizers has intensified— and it should. There is much at stake, and there is a need to maintain a firm grip on a compass. Nemtsov’s killing follows …Read More

U.S. civil-military relations have been troubled ever since the end of the Cold War. The nation’s highest-ranking military officers have regularly clashed with their political superiors in the national security decision-making process. Even a casual observer of U.S. defense issues may remember Bill Clinton’s notoriously strained relationship with the military in the 1990s. From 2001 …Read More

Part of AICGS’ project, a “Trilateral Dialogue between Germany, the U.S., and Turkey: Turkey’s EU Accession – Endless Negotiations?” this Issue Brief seeks to assess the future of Turkey’s relations with the EU and Germany in light of developments in the EU, security concerns in the Middle East, and domestic politics in Turkey. Download Publication

Last year, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier requested a review of Germany’s foreign policy by a wide range of German and non-German foreign policy experts. The results of that review are to be presented this week in Berlin. After Steinmeier pronounced that Germany needs to steer its policy to be engaged “earlier, more decisively, and …Read More

The results of the February 15 elections in the city-state of Hamburg were a mix of forgone conclusions and some surprises. It was a given that the Social Democrats (SPD) would re-secure the majority for their candidate, Olaf Scholz. He will serve a second term as mayor but now with a coalition partner, as he …Read More

Dear Friends of the transatlantic relations, Dear Friends of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, The U.S. Department of State has cut funding for the CBYX program by 50% for the 2015-2016 program year, and the future of the program’s existence is in danger. In order to guarantee that CBYX, one of the most prominent German-American exchange …Read More

Cybersecurity at the top of Obama’s agenda On the heels of the newly-released cybersecurity framework, President Obama is expected to sign an executive order today that will encourage information sharing between the government and companies who come under cyberattack. Read AICGS’ analysis of cybersecurity as it pertains to both German and American companies and societies, …Read More

Perhaps it was intentional for the White House to have Susan Rice present a new National Security Strategy in Washington on February 6—the first day of the world’s largest and most prominent gathering of the security community, the Munich Security Conference. If it was, the announcement went relatively unnoticed in that large gathering; Rice was …Read More

The Munich Security Conference this year found a German leadership comfortable with its new role in the world, but not without its critics. In the year since President Gauck announced at the conference that “It’s time for Germany to lead,” the country has demonstrated in the negotiating room and through deployments that it takes the …Read More

This essay is based on a detailed analysis on how media and think tanks responded to Joachim Gauck’s speech at the 2014 Munich Security Conference. The study is available in German in the latest issue of Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik Vol. 8, No 1 (2015).

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