Working with experts and policymakers from China, Germany, and the United States, AICGS looks at the dynamics in bilateral and multilateral relations between the three countries on a range of issues including international security, regional policy, and global economic governance. There is great potential for transatlantic cooperation in dealing with the rising power China, and practical policy recommendations are needed.

It is peak tourist season in China for European leaders. Shortly after the first bailout package to Greece in 2010, German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated her 56th birthday with Xi’an’s famous terra cotta warriors. She was accompanied by the usual coterie of German industry leaders who inked contracts in the tens of billions and has …Read More

Days after the announcement of the historic nuclear deal with Iran, German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel found himself in Tehran, with a delegation of German business leaders. Like many other European countries, Germany sees tremendous growth potential in Iran in the post-sanction era. That means more business for …Read More

The tourism boom in China that began in the late 1970s was as much a political as an economic project. Historical narratives promoted at tourist sites exert a major influence on popular historical memory and, through this, disseminate formulations about what China is and what it means to be Chinese. In this seminar, Visiting PhD …Read More

On April 3, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, together with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced a framework agreement significantly limiting Iran’s future nuclear program. Clearly, this deal was only possible with the patient collaboration of the British, French, German, and EU foreign ministers and U.S. secretaries …Read More

Transatlantic cooperation on East Asia is characterized by benign neglect, at best. It’s been two years since then U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and then EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton issued a joint U.S.-EU statement on Asia-Pacific, and cooperation on the region seems to be even more remote today. Daniel R. …Read More

Trade is a hot topic in international relations again, much more so than in previous years. Still struggling with the negative effects of the most recent global financial crisis, political leaders throughout the world have stepped-up efforts to increase the trading activities of economic operators in their territories. At the same time, developed economies like the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) find it increasingly difficult to cope with what they perceive of as unfair competition from emerging economies.

In an interview with Spiegel on Monday, Angela Merkel discussed Germany’s role in light of the crisis and the path for future growth and cooperation in Europe. The talk covered pressing issues in the realm of European governance, such as the role of the European Commission, transparency in both Germany and the EU, and the …Read More

On May 29, 2013, the AICGS Business & Economics Program hosted a discussion on “U.S. / EU Trade Relations with China: Different Challenges, Common Answers?” with AICGS/DAAD Fellow Tilman Krueger. The discussion highlighted the differences and similarities in approaches to trade with China, and concluded in a discussion about a possible convergence of economic policies between the U.S. and EU. With regard to the establishment of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the audience pointed toward possible foreign policy risks derived from issues such as its exclusiveness and lack of transparency while also highlighting its potential as a platform for free trade and further communication. Most participants contended that differing national interests complicate the convergence of economic policies on the broader scale and will require appropriate platforms for dialogue.

In this latest installment of the At Issue Interview Series, AICGS President Jack Janes sat down with Dr. Gale Mattox, Senior Visiting Fellow of the AICGS Foreign & Domestic Policy Program, and Dr. Kuniko Ashizawa, Visiting Fellow at the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, to discuss the initiatives and issues …Read More

As China’s economic growth and greater significance in international affairs make the country’s resurgence to the world stage a central feature of the twenty-first century’s international order, the U.S. and Europe are increasingly shifting their attention toward Asia. This conference will be an opportunity to hear expert panelists compare how Germany and the United States each view the political, economic, and military rise of China and to assess the corresponding implications for transatlantic relations in the future.

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