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.

On April 3, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, together with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced a framework agreement significantly limiting Iran’s future nuclear program. Clearly, this deal was only possible with the patient collaboration of the British, French, German, and EU foreign ministers and U.S. secretaries …Read More

Sometimes you can see more clearly from a distance. A few weeks ago I spoke with Chinese Ukraine and Russia specialists. Their analysis: the conflict in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine will lead to a greater turning point in European and international politics than the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. I …Read More

Tom O'Donnell

Thomas O’Donnell is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in April and May 2015.  He is an academic, analyst, and consultant with expertise in the global energy system and international relations.  At AICGS, his focus is “U.S. Expert Perspectives on German Energy Vulnerabilities.”  Dr. O’Donnell’s teaching and research have encompassed the EU and Russia, Latin America, the …Read More

As Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to hold the European Union together in dealing with the turmoil around Greece, Cyprus, and Hungary flirting with Moscow amid the myriad other centrifugal forces pulling at Europe’s political, economic, and social fabric, she must also monitor alarming developments in the United Kingdom. Whoever becomes the prime minister after the …Read More

The Chancellery recently announced that Angela Merkel will not attend the May 9 Moscow celebration to mark the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II. She will, however, lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin the following day. This dual message symbolizes where German-Russian …Read More

In this analysis from Dr Jürgen Rüttgers, who recently visited AICGS,  the former Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia calls for a new European security architecture.  In light of crises facing the European Union today, he calls on the EU and its member states—including Germany—to be active participants in a multipolar world order.  Europe must resist …Read More

In this discussion with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes, former German ambassador to the United States Dr. Klaus Scharioth assesses the crisis in Ukraine and reflects on the history of transatlantic relations to address the future of European security.

For those who make the rounds of conferences on the transatlantic circuit, there is often a tendency to find similar groups assembled around similar topics drawing similar conclusions about the status of transatlantic relations. Agendas and activists overlap, leading to a feeling that the congregation is attending another church service for those already converted. On …Read More

China’s increasing political and economic presence in the world has emerged as a key issue in transatlantic relations.  While the United States is reacting cautiously to this growing influence, its European allies are actively seeking to establish closer ties with China.  This morning workshop will seek to inform and expand the ongoing discussion about China, …Read More

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