The ongoing debate about data privacy, surveillance, encryption and other issues in this digital age has exposed major cultural and legal differences between the United States and Germany. The interplay between German society’s demand for privacy and the state’s implementation of legal structures ensuring its protection stands in contrast to the prioritization of national security concerns in the United States. While preserving individual liberties and freedoms are at the core of each democracy, the United States and Germany differ when it comes to handling the balance between liberty and national security in the cyber age.

Net Neutrality is the concept that everyone should have equal access to all online content (email, video, music, websites) without Internet providers being able to throttle, block, or discriminate against any type of content. It is in jeopardy in the United States. At least this was the impression everyone could get going online on July …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics The European Commission levies a huge fine on Google (The Economist) ‘Pharma bro’ Shkreli’s trial begins as ex-pharma CEO faces allegations of cheating investors (Deutsche Welle) GE CEO criticizes President Trump on China and the Paris Accords (The Atlantic) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

Chancellor Merkel’s recent visit to Washington, DC, created a number of quite remarkable moments that will be remembered as they marked a new tone in transatlantic relations. Not least, the meeting will be remembered for Merkel’s facial expression when the new president of the United States suggested that they share common experiences of surveillance through …Read More

On April 25, 2017, Dr. Johannes Rieckmann, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in March and April 2017, presented his findings on his project “Privatization of Security Services: Comparing Approaches to Policing and Prisons across the Atlantic” in a seminar at AICGS. Various factors led to the increase in privatization in these services, which has occurred to different …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany to press G20 to sign off on free trade amid worries about US stance: Sources (CNBC) Audi searched by German police in Dieselgate swoop (Reuters) Germany Eyes 1.9 Percent Increase in Spending Next Year (US News) Trump adviser Navarro: …Read More

Dr. Johannes Rieckmann is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in March and April 2017. He is a Senior Research Fellow at BIGS, the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security in Potsdam, Germany. His main field of research there is the multidisciplinary conceptualization of a guideline on boundaries and potentials of privatization of security services. Previously, he …Read More

The Munich Security Conference this year was as much about who was in the main hall at the Bayerischer Hof, as who wasn’t. Lurking in the shadows of empty words about supporting an alliance that is in truth unraveling, were 4.9 million Syrian refugees who have been displaced and killed, with 5,079 migrants dying in …Read More

The participants of the Foreign & Domestic Policy group came together for their second virtual meeting on January 31, 2017. The aim of the meeting was to identify 5-10 policy recommendations that address or solve the issues of concern that have been discussed so far. The points raised during the discussion focused on a couple …Read More

President Trump has said cybersecurity is a priority for his administration. It is also one of the fastest growing spending priorities for the U.S. government this fiscal year. Across the Atlantic, Germany is preparing to launch new cyber defense capabilities of its own in the wake of massive cyber breaches of government and public sector …Read More

On October 27 at a subway station in the Berlin hipster neighborhood of Neukölln, a group of young men walked aggressively past a young woman slowly making her way down the stairs to the platform. One of the men walked up behind her and violently kicked the unsuspecting woman in the back causing her to …Read More

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