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 German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of global issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. The 3-year project is funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). A group of …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics US rejects China’s bid for ‘market economy’ status (Wall Street Journal) Euro zone reform: Weak or not, Berlin can still say ‘Nein’ (Handelsblatt) As OPEC extends output cuts, Asia turns to North America for more oil (Reuters) Foreign and Domestic Policy US …Read More

On Monday, November 13, my mobile phone lit up and announced, “Foreign and Defense ministers sign new defense pact in Brussels.” Who would have thought that the signing of a new framework for defense cooperation in the European Union is worthy of a push notification? Now political wonks on both sides of the Atlantic have …Read More

The results of the September 24 elections—losses by centrist parties and gains by a strong new far-right party—and the subsequent inability of party leaders to forge a coalition in Berlin should be a wakeup call for German politicians of all stripes. 

The annual conference of the parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an important venue for stakeholders to highlight the blind spots of international climate protection efforts. The transport sector was one of them at this year’s COP23 in Bonn, missing from most countries’ climate pledges under the Paris …Read More

In 2016, the domestic security situation in Germany deteriorated to a degree unknown since the “German autumn” in 1977, when the Red Army Faction or RAF began its campaign to free its imprisoned first-generation leaders Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Ulrike Meinhof. Although the frequency of attacks and plots has declined—there was only one minor …Read More

Germans are known for wanting order around them—it’s understandable, given past centuries of disorder. But since its inception in 1949, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany has been an illustration of stability. Over the past nearly 70 years, eight chancellors have governed Germany and the transfer of power has been relatively seamless from …Read More

The collapse of the talks to form a new German government following the election of seven parties (counting the Bavarian CSU as a party separate from the CDU) to the Bundestag opens up the prospect of Germany returning to the conditions which led to the collapse of the Weimar Republic in 1933. Like Weimar, the …Read More

In his remarks to the 8th European Public Communication Conference earlier this month, Anthony Gardner, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2014 to 2017, highlighted the importance for anyone engaged in policy of having the right narratives. As he told his audience in Brussels, “Images and stories are so powerful. Facts are not …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The myth about NAFTA and jobs (Foreign Affairs) German, Italian growth add fuel to Eurozone recovery (The Wall Street Journal) Novel cancer treatment leads Bayer to US firm (Handelsblatt) Wind-turbine industry struggles with foreign competition and falling subsidies (Handelsblatt) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

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