Security and Defense
Security and defense issues will continue to play a role in transatlantic relations in the years ahead. Determining the way forward for Afghanistan, the role of NATO, and defense systems integration, are only a few of the myriad challenges facing the German-American and transatlantic partnership. Analyzing the security issues and choices ahead allows policymakers and business leaders to understand transatlantic and global security challenges and provide innovative policy solutions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Germany’s debate over its foreign policy parameters is a portrait of a country struggling with its own past and present. Yet this same debate does not shed much light on its future. That is not necessarily different from other countries, including the U.S. But the benchmarks of the debates reflect different ways… Read more >
AICGS President Jack Janes sat down with Christian Schmidt, President of the German Atlantic Association and Parliamentary State Secretary for the German Ministry of Defense, and Gen. Dr. Klaus Naumann, Vice President of the German Atlantic Association and Senator for the German National Foundation, to discuss the changing parameters of transatlantic relations… Read more >
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Yet, it drew a somewhat limited focus in the German media, which was much more attentive to the new Pope in Rome or the economic plight of Cyprus. Those commentaries that did aim at this milestone reflected a glass half empty attitude… Read more >
Sitting in the great hall of the Bayerische Hof during the recent Munich Security Conference, I found myself drifting back a decade to February of 2003 and the time I witnessed the confrontation between Donald Rumsfeld and Joschka Fischer play out. “I am sorry but I am not convinced” became a legendary… Read more >
As Barack Obama prepares to take the oath as President of the United States for a second time, the level of anticipation both in the U.S. and in Germany reflects what has been experienced over the past four years. For the U.S., the faceoff between the White House and the House of… Read more >
Gun control is once again an important topic of conversation in the U.S. after the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, with calls for further reforms. Past experience has shown that renewed efforts to promote gun control reform tend to occur as a result of an attack, so it is not surprising that… Read more >
From Separating to Integrating Foreign and Domestic Security Policy in Germany – Toward a Cultural Turn in Security?
The use of military force in the Federal Republic of Germany has been restricted by the constitution since the nation’s founding. Based on the experience of the political abuse of power during the National Socialist Regime, the founding fathers of the postwar German Republic worked out a constitution that diffused state power… Read more >
Chancellor Merkel’s upcoming visit to Moscow is, as usual, a business trip concerning Russia and Germany. Nobody in Europe does more business with Russia than Germany and Moscow wants even more of it. What Moscow doesn’t want is criticism about its human rights record. And that is exactly what prominent member of… Read more >
While the media in the U.S. and in Europe spent the last two weeks largely focused on the final Olympic medals count in London, reports on the rising body count in Syria ran second on the nightly news. Parallel to the drama unfolding in Syria is the continuing debate in Washington and… Read more >
In this latest installment of the AICGS At Issue Interview Series, AICGS President Jack Janes sat down with Philipp Mißfelder, member of the Bundestag.