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.

On May 31, 1989, a determined U.S. President George H. W. Bush strode to a podium in Mainz, West Germany to explain his vision of what Europe could be like if the Cold War ever ended. “The passion for freedom cannot be denied forever,” President Bush told West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and others who gathered for his speech. “The world has waited long enough. The time is right. Let Europe be whole and free.”

In January 2015, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security board decided to move the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. The clock now sits at three minutes to midnight, which marks the closest humanity has ever been to apocalypse since 1984, a moment in the Cold War when communications between the United …Read More

For Europe, the current refugee crisis presents a two-fold challenge: Will we uphold our humanitarian values, that is, do we view the refugees as people in need and with a right to a safe haven? And will the EU, in the face of this challenge, act as one – or will national selfishness erode European …Read More

Intensifying pressure brought on by waves of refugee migrants to Europe has generated much debate about Germany’s and Europe’s foreign policy choices regarding the war in Syria. On September 18, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hosted a conference entitled Denk Ich an Deutschland in Berlin and invited experts for a discussion …Read More

Just as she marks the tenth anniversary of her tenure as chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is confronted with a crisis—one whose magnitude diminishes others she has encountered over the past decade. It is not a particularly pleasant way to mark that ten-year milestone. Elected for the first time in September of 2005, Chancellor Merkel …Read More

Germany’s growing refugee crisis has prompted experts to question the country’s foreign policy regarding the troubled neighborhood around Europe’s frontier. In this article from The New York Times, Clemins Wergin, Washington bureau chief for Die Welt and a frequent contributor to AICGS, suggests that Germany’s continuing unwillingness to offer intervention in regional conflicts, especially through military …Read More

With all the publications on the centenary of World War I that have emerged over the past few years, there has been a focus on the forces that led to 1914 and the beginning of another thirty years of mass murder across the European continent. Although the roots of this European suicide can be traced …Read More

Since Russia first invaded Ukraine last year, Putin has boasted of his ability to exploit natural gas dependency to undermine European solidarity. Indeed, though the continent as a whole relies on Russia for only 30 percent of its natural gas, roughly six states are completely dependent, a gap Putin has worked hard to widen. While …Read More

In this recent interview, AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes sits down with Deutschlandfunk to discuss the moral dilemma between the U.S.-Turkey alliance against the Islamic State (IS) and the Turkish government’s renewed aggression towards the Kurds. Dr. Janes acknowledges that in such dilemma, one has to “choose between two Evils,” but asserts that the EU …Read More

In this recent interview, former U.S. ambassador to Germany and AICGS Trustee John Kornblum suggests that the West needs to change its narrative on the crisis in Ukraine and the hostility from Russia. The democratic Western countries have to stand united and show their collective resolve and confidence through institutions such as NATO, the EU, …Read More

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