The U.S. elections in 2012 and the German elections in 2013 demonstrate that, despite their geographic distance, the two countries are confronted by both similar and shared problems: debt crises, unemployment, instability in the Middle East, immigration, energy security, education, and counter-terrorism efforts, to name only a few. National elections offer an opportunity to engage …Read More

Cutting across policy areas, energy security decision-making has become a necessity in the twenty-first century. Having important consequences for climate and space policy, domestic and transatlantic debates over energy policy include inherent risks that have eluded international efforts. In Energy and Security Risks: A Transatlantic Comparison, the authors address these intertwined consequences in three policy …Read More

As new technologies develop and economies emerge, the concept of risk is evolving to meet twenty-first century realities. No longer only the purview of economic and financial markets, or terrorism and crime, risk analysis must now consider resource and raw materials supply and management as well. Our demands for energy, technology, and development have altered the dynamics of the raw materials markets, such that global governance is necessary to ease international tensions. The United States and European Union, both dependent on imports, are searching for ways to ease their supply vulnerability and mitigate risks.

This publication entitled “Financing Sustainable Transportation: An Overview of Finance Mechanisms and Cases from the U.S. and Germany” is part of AICGS’ project on The Transatlantic Climate and Energy Dialogue: Urban and Regional Transportation and Energy Problems and Solutions. Transportation policy is increasingly linked to land-use policy, and to climate change outcomes. In the U.S. and Germany, …Read More

AICGS’ new publication, entitled “Transportation and Land-Use Planning in Germany and the U.S.: Lessons from the Stuttgart and Washington, DC Regions,” is part of our project on The Transatlantic Climate and Energy Dialogue: Urban and Regional Transportation and Energy Problems and Solutions. Urban communities on both sides of the Atlantic face economic and environmental challenges related …Read More

The German and U.S. health care systems may be different in many ways, but both countries face similar challenges.  Both countries are troubled by aging populations and increasing health care costs, which significantly complicates their respective domestic policy debates.  This Policy Report provides an analysis of how Germany and the U.S. attempt to reward quality …Read More

Download Policy Report The observed capital flows out of distressed countries into countries that are seen as “safe harbors” have in fact resulted in historically low yields of German and U.S. government bonds and helped the respective government budgeting. However, the current trading levels are unlikely to be sustainable and should not be interpreted as …Read More

Despite dramatic differences in the history of their health care systems, the United States and Germany face similar challenges in improving the quality of care while simultaneously expanding access and making health care more affordable. Although the United States and Germany have issued a series of reforms to contain costs while supporting quality improvements, both countries persistently spend more than average on health care while lagging behind in quality.

Universities can be a driving force for innovation, as discussed in this Policy Report

Policy Report 48 argues that, in a climate of economic crisis and distress, transatlantic cooperation is still essential and must be expanded, despite current differences in policy.

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