Explores the factors shaping important foreign and domestic policy debates in the United States, Germany, and Europe as they pertain to German-American relations. The Foreign & Domestic Policy Program includes analysis of International Security Issues concentrating on projects assessing risk in transatlantic relations, including risk identification, risk management, and risk communication. The program attempts to gain insight into appropriate reactions and responses to a variety of transatlantic challenges, including financial, security and defense, climate, immigration, and terrorism. Under the topic Energy and Climate Policy it examines European energy security and energy strategies for the future.

The serene town of Celle is home to 70,000 people in the state of Lower Saxony, more than 3,000 of which are Kurdish Yazidis. This town is mostly known for its picturesque old town center and its renaissance ducal palace. Thanks to its long lasting history of German nobility and almost 500 half-timber houses, it …Read More

For many in the international media and among casual observers of Asia, regional institution-building may appear a mundane subject. Strengthening existing regional institutions, or establishing a more substantive one, is generally a matter of secondary importance for policymakers in most capitals in Asia. This is more so in Washington, despite its founding member status in …Read More

For the first time, “Transatlantic Trends,” a survey of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) beginning in 2002, showed that a majority of Germans now prefer a more independent approach to transatlantic relations. The NSA scandal—data collection on foreign countries, including America’s ally Germany and its chancellor, as well as collecting huge …Read More

During our apprenticeship tour of Germany, France, and the UK, I was impressed at the respect that the general population held for apprenticeship programs. One of our taxi drivers in France was proud to tell us that his son finished his apprenticeship in construction and at the age of 21 is buying his own house …Read More

While our focus in Europe has been on the broad structure of apprenticeship systems, we should not lose sight of the apprentices themselves. Many times we have been told “no apprentice is alike.” This certainly is true given the varying ages and impressive experiences of those we met in Europe. Many enrolled in apprenticeship programs …Read More

Each semester, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) Dean Jim Goldgeier invites prominent experts and practitioners for one-on-one interviews to discuss critical topics in international affairs. Please join this American University-AICGS joint event moderated by Dean Goldgeier with the following panelists: Hope Harrison, George Washington University Jackson Janes, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies …Read More


Eva Jobs is DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow and a PhD candidate at the University of Marburg. In her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Krieger, she addresses the role trust, secrecy, and betrayal play for transatlantic intelligence cooperation. The historic approach, which focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, highlights not only the importance of personal relationships but …Read More

Today we went to the MMBbS, an information technology and media vocational training school two hours south of Berlin by train, and learned about the school that was built on the grounds of the Expo 2000, a World Fair whose theme was developing and presenting solutions for the future. Today it is still focused on …Read More

Germany was derided not too long ago as the “sick man of Europe” after years of economic malaise. It is now lauded as the world’s Exportweltmeister; its current-account surplus even surpassed China’s in the past year. Undergirding the German economy is a highly structured, but remarkably efficient, system of work-based education that has survived these …Read More

Contrary to popular lore, the Berlin Wall did not fall on November 9, 1989. Nor did it fall in Berlin. It fell on October 9 some 120 miles away, in Leipzig. First, civil courage—a rare quality in German history—had to dissolve the four-decade-old mental wall of East German fear. Only thereafter could the cement wall …Read More