Political priorities are shaped not only by social and economic issues, but also the global arena. Balancing domestic priorities and foreign policy demands will continue to drive the discourse between the White House and Congress as well as those of the Chancellery and the Bundestag. Understanding the political landscape is essential to maintaining German-American cooperation, and making sure the partnership can adjust to new challenges.

It may still be exhilarating for many in the United Kingdom to hear the chorus to “Land of Hope and Glory”: Land of hope and glory, Mother of the free, How shall we extol thee, Who are born of thee Wider still and wider, Shall thy bounds be set, God who made thee mighty, Make …Read More

For many years, the state of Maine was a reliable indicator of the U.S. political mood. So much so that the phrase “As Maine goes, so goes the nation” gained currency.  Maine’s career as a political bellwether came to a crashing end in 1936, when Republican Alf Landon carried only two New England states. That led …Read More

A first post-election poll published by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen reveals three important findings regarding the German public’s assessment of the choices they made in the Bundestag election. General dissatisfaction with the results of the election: 66% of Germans polled are displeased with the results of the vote compared to only 28% who are pleased. This compares …Read More

While the recent German election has been getting all the attention, Sunday’s election in Austria is likely to be more scrutinized than normal in this consensus-oriented country. The likely winner and next chancellor is Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP, the rough equivalent of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union). Kurz is …Read More

Sonja Thielges is a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. At IASS, her work focuses on the global energy transition. Her research interests include the G20 energy agenda, the international dimension of the energy transition as well as U.S. energy and climate policy. Before joining IASS, Sonja was a …Read More

Pia Seyfried is a legislative assistant for European policy in the German Bundestag and an assistant to the board of Women in International Security Germany e.V. (WIIS.de). She gives lectures on European affairs at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and publishes articles focusing on EU security policy and intelligence cooperation. Pia Seyfried holds …Read More

Peter Rough has been a fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, since 2014. He writes and comments on U.S. foreign policy toward Europe and the Middle East and edited Hudson’s journal, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology. Prior to joining Hudson, Peter collaborated on a social history of World War I in the Middle East, …Read More

Julian Mueller-Kaler is a Fulbright-Schuman scholarship holder and graduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, majoring in German and European Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Administration and International Relations from Zeppelin University, a small liberal arts college in the south of Germany. Throughout his undergraduate education, Julian has focused …Read More

James Hoobler is Wilton Park USA’s Program Manager, focusing on transatlantic dialogue and Middle East security, where his current projects deal primarily with migration, deterrence, and Iran policy. He has lived and worked in the Middle East and Central Asia, and received his Master’s degree in Iranian Studies from the University of St Andrews. James …Read More

Niklas Helwig, PhD is a Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations and Security (TAPIR) currently based at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. In his work, he focuses on German and EU foreign and security policy, EU politics and EU-NATO relations. Previously, he was based at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations …Read More

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