Two of the strongest education systems and economies worldwide, the United States and Germany, have been among the key sources for models in skill formation emulated globally. Public and private investments in skill formation have increased in both countries. Yet these systems maintain contrasting emphases: general and academic education in the U.S. and specific vocational …Read More

There has been a heated transatlantic debate on cyber issues since Edward Snowden’s release of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents last year that described various surveillance activities, including the collection of information from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. These revelations have strained the relationship between the two countries and have sparked an emotional debate. …Read More

Discussing the differences in and implications for reconciliation in Europe and Northeast Asia, Seunghoon Emilia Heo focuses on the need for leadership and dialogue to overcome past conflict. True dialogue, she finds, requires a lessening of old expectations and an attitude of acceptance. Only by doing so can Korea and Japan overcome the roadblocks to …Read More

Regulatory and perceptual considerations of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) divide the United States and European Union; these transatlantic differences, and the series of festering trade disputes they have caused, now threaten the successful resolution of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Solving this issue requires an understanding of American and European approaches to GMOs, including …Read More

This publication, part of AICGS’ 30th anniversary Symposium, focuses on the increasingly public role central banks play in the twenty-first century.  It asks important questions, including: Do central banks have a role in spurring growth? How dangerous are the experiments being undertaken by central banks of all major advanced economies? What choices do central bankers …Read More

Part of AICGS’ 30th anniversary Symposium, this publication analyzes the transatlantic trade relationship, in particular the prospects for a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The authors discuss the chances and challenges facing July’s TTIP negotiations, the obstacles that negotiations could encounter, and technical hurdles facing the transatlantic trade agenda. Download Publication

Purely national approaches to cope with major transnational challenges are doomed to fail. The United States and the EU are key players in this context—without the two economic and political heavyweights, systemic risks cannot be handled adequately. Despite the high degree of integration of their economies, sound political relations, and similar vulnerabilities to systemic risks, cooperation between the …Read More

Energy and climate policy in the U.S. and in Germany seem to be miles apart. In 2011, Germany decided to phase-out nuclear, whereas in early 2012 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted the first license to build and operate an extension of a nuclear power plant for the first time since 1978. Americans view the …Read More

The annual meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) in November 2011 presented an opportunity for German and American policymakers  to make progress on their efforts at greater trade integration.  This Issue Brief gives an overview of the EU and the U.S.’ trade agendas and looks at how greater transatlantic cooperation can benefit the conclusion …Read More

Prior to the economic and financial crisis that began in 2008, the fiscal challenges of both
Europe and the U.S. largely were viewed as longer-term issues, associated with gradually
rising public expenditures in the face of aging populations (the main issue for Europe) and
soaring health care costs … As a consequence, the focus on both sides of the Atlantic has shifted toward fiscal consolidation—both in the near term as well as the longer term.

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