Germany’s leadership outside of Europe and recent interventions to stabilize the international system have been a significant source of tension. Debates over the changing global balance of power, political instability, transnational conflict, and the use of new technologies and methods of warfare will continue to occupy elected leaders. The debate on international security must incorporate both U.S. and European perspectives, but also take note of other powers including Russia and China.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump administration widens net for immigrant deportation (BBC) U.S. stocks powered to new records by energy shares (MarketWatch) Business rates: pressure grows for total rethink on controversial tax (The Guardian) German stocks would thrive if Le Pen wins the French …Read More

The American Council on Germany (ACG) and AICGS were pleased to host a breakfast discussion as part of the 2017 Munich Security Conference with Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Relations Committee, and General David Petraeus, former Director of the CIA.  The off-the-record discussion touched on the challenges confronting the German-American relationship in …Read More

There is a well-known warning to all politicians seeking to sound convincing to their audiences: if you have to explain too much, you are losing them. If there are too many ambiguities in a message, you trip yourself up justifying them. The platform of the Munich Security Conference is a tough testing ground for all politicians given the enormous concentration on what is discussed there. This year’s meeting was no exception.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany, Italy Grow Less Than Forecast Amid Global Uncertainties (Bloomberg) EU clears German plan for electric vehicle charging network (Reuters) Germany’s Worrying Squeeze (Bloomberg) Germany committed to Greece bailout programme – Merkel spokesman (Reuters) EU-Canada Trade Agreement Wins European Parliament …Read More

The election of Donald Trump threatens to radically change the parameters of German foreign policy that go back to the foundation of the Federal Republic in 1949. Germany has benefited from a particular configuration of the liberal international order in which the United States provided security and acted as a consumer of last resort. During …Read More

The Munich Security Conference has had many memorable milestones over the last half century; I have been privileged to experience several. The famous “I am not convinced” exchange between Joschka Fischer and Donald Rumsfeld in 2003; the gauntlet directed at the U.S. by Vladimir Putin in 2007; Joachim Gauck’s challenge to Germany for it to rethink …Read More

It is not the first time the Bundeswehr is engaged in the Baltic States. For a number of years, the German air force has participated as a rotating member in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. But the new presence of the Bundeswehr in the German-led NATO battalion marks a sea change in German security policy: …Read More

Few issues stir more concerns—and confusion—about where the Trump administration is heading than relations with Russia. Several Cabinet secretaries, during their confirmation hearings and subsequent statements, voiced strong support for maintaining sanctions on Russia and providing lethal assistance for Ukraine, and cited Russia as a major threat to U.S. interests. Those views, however, clash with …Read More

The Munich Security Conference convenes at a time of the great unraveling of the world order.   The world is less stable and more uncertain than it has been for years. Conflicts and crises rage across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia from Ukraine and Syria to ISIL, and in the South China Sea.  The rise …Read More

The participants of the Foreign & Domestic Policy group came together for their second virtual meeting on January 31, 2017. The aim of the meeting was to identify 5-10 policy recommendations that address or solve the issues of concern that have been discussed so far. The points raised during the discussion focused on a couple …Read More

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