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.

The AICGS Foreign & Domestic Policy Program 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 …Read More

One year after Germany’s largest jihadist terrorist attack, and only two years after Angela Merkel’s decision to open the country’s borders to nearly a million refugees and asylum-seekers, German policymakers are still struggling with how to maintain security and privacy within a federal system. It is part of a broader discussion of identity, values, and …Read More

The National Security Strategy (NSS) released by the White House this week—the only time in the first year of a new presidency—is a sober and realistic assessment of the state of play of international relations and the place of the United States within it. Notably, it embraces the value of the international order and its …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Tax rivalry: For Europe, more pros than cons from Trump’s bill (Handelsblatt) Europe’s banks are stronger than they were, but not strong enough (The Economist) Cryptocurrencies: Wall Street banks push back on launch of bitcoin futures (Financial Times) Japan and EU reach …Read More

Regarding cyber threats as a key challenge to their core security interests, NATO and the EU jointly declared at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016 that cooperating in countering cyber threats will be of strategic priority. Both actors also have recognized that the provision of relevant intelligence is vital in response to these threats. The …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

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

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

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics “We’re engaged”: Alaska gets Chinese backing for natural gas project (Reuters) A proposal for the Eurozone: Franco-German bonds (Politico) Carmakers will face watered down EU targets to cut CO2 emissions (Handelsblatt) Every country is a tax haven (The Atlantic) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

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