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.

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies hosted a seminar with Mr. Alexander Wolf, DAAD/AICGS Fellow on April 26, 2012. In the seminar, Mr. Wolf discussed the implications of China’s rise as a global economic and political power on the role of the transatlantic alliance in a world characterized by increasingly complex and interconnected challenges. Mr. Wolf argued that because China remains unwilling to take on the role of a “responsible stakeholder” in the global system, the United States and Europe will need to continue to cooperate closely on economic and security issues in order to ensure global stability.

In light of the recent economic downturn, the U.S. presidential candidates and the American public are focusing increasingly on economic issues in the 2008 campaign. While economic policies are often viewed through a domestic policy prism, in today’s globalized and interconnected world, domestic economic decisions influence the world economy as well…

The picture drawn by the media of the main protagonists at the UN conference on climate change in Bali was reminiscent of Sergio Leone’s famous spaghetti western. In one corner of the stand-off, a tenacious and uppity Europe, convinced that she will succeed. Then there was America, with her presumptuous plan to either get her own way or obstruct everyone else’s. And finally, China; recently declared the world’s number one greenhouse gas emitter, she insisted on her right to pollute even more in the future…

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