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.

In the 1980s British satire Yes, Prime Minister, when reeling at the cost of defense, the British prime minister asks wistfully whether they couldn’t just persuade the Americans to strengthen their forces instead. His aide advises against it, and against relying on European forces, who are just “all right… on weekdays, anyway.” From the British …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The limits of Russian sanctions (Handelsblatt) Visegrad cools on Europe and each other (Politico) The Bitcoin bubble (The Economist) Weakened NAFTA, WTO would pave way for conflict (The Wall Street Journal) Foreign and Domestic Policy EU silence over Catalan leader’s call for …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics German business confidence at an all-time high (Deutsche Welle) Europe’s chances for wage boom look slim (The Wall Street Journal) Investors waiting in the wings as bankrupt Air Berlin makes final flight (Deutsche Welle) Foreign and Domestic Policy Administration begins to implement …Read More

There is little doubt that the security situation in Germany has changed dramatically since 2013, provoked, most notably by a precipitous influx of refugees in 2015. Yet, tangled in a multiplicity of interlocking narratives and controversies, meaningful government action to combat terrorism has stalled. Guido Steinberg, an expert on Islamic terrorism, argues that the German …Read More

Global and regional conflicts, policy uncertainty and diverging visions of a future world order contribute to a growing demand for strategic foresight and planning in foreign and security policy. Germany has acknowledged its need for clearly defined policy goals and a strict prioritization of available resources to fulfill its commitment to take on more responsibility …Read More

Dr. Guido Steinberg was a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in Fall 2017. In Germany, Guido Steinberg works for at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has worked as a research coordinator at the Free University of Berlin and an advisor on …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

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