Alexander Ritzmann is a Political Analyst and Senior Fellow with the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) in Brussels, Belgium and a Visiting Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security in Potsdam, Germany. He specializes in Counterterrorism, Political Extremism, and National Security with a focus on European and Transatlantic aspects.
Ritzmann testified before the U.S. Congress and gave briefings at the German Ministry of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S Department of State, and the Commission of the European Union. He is also advising members of the German Bundestag, the U.S. Congress, and the European Parliament.
Ritzmann is a former member of the Berlin State Parliament, Germany (2001-2006) and was the vice chairman of the Free Democratic Party’s parliamentary group. He served as the ranking member of his party on the homeland security, intelligence, and data protection committees.
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Gibt es in Deutschland im Untergrund operierende rechtsextremistische Terrorstrukturen, gar eine „Braune-Armee-Fraktion? Seit knapp zwei Wochen ist bekannt, dass eine Gruppe Rechtsextremer über dreizehn Jahre hinweg in Deutschland gemordet und geraubt hat. Sie nennen sich „Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund“ (NSU), und bestehen nach Angaben der Bundesanwaltschaft im Kern vermutlich aus drei Personen, an die… Read more >
In his essay entitled Does a “Braune-Armee-Fraktion” in Germany Exist?, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Alexander Ritzmann examines whether the “Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund,” or National Socialist Underground (NSD), can be categorized as a terrorist group. Having recently come into the public spotlight following more than a decade of under the radar murders and robberies, the German Federal government, argues Mr. Ritzmann, must be cautious in labeling this newly surfaced group.
During the Cold War, Germany and the U.S. fostered close arms cooperation and development. Yet, after German unification, Germany focused on developing and procuring armament systems either domestically or within the EU. In Policy Report #46, Senior Non-Resident Fellow Alexander Ritzmann argues that German-American defense cooperation could once again become an area in which transatlantic cooperation helps to overcome challenges. Ritzmann offers some concrete policy recommendations to the U.S. and German governments to increase transatlantic defense cooperation and outlines what has led to the current lack of cooperation.