Our research projects provide the analytical tools and concepts to understand changes in the German-American relationship and emerging issues on the transatlantic agenda.

As Francis Fukuyama describes in his latest book, Political Order and Political Decay, there is a vicious cycle within modern liberal democracies that is apparent today: a feedback loop of distrust and disappointment in government and its leaders, undercutting the ability and authority of government to meet expectations, disappointing citizens more and creating greater distrust. …Read More

Founding and Background Since October 20, 2014, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (PEGIDA, Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes) has organized weekly Monday demonstrations or evening walks in Dresden against the Islamization of the West, in particular Germany. Several thousand people have followed the call and taken to the streets, mostly …Read More

Many Europe observers already seem to have written off yet another year. To be sure, headlines have not been kind to the old continent, and in particular the euro zone, but mainly this is because of two events: First, the monetary union fell into deflation for the first time since 2009, with consumer prices falling …Read More

The lessons and legacies of 2014 will continue to shape Germany’s choices and their consequences. AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes remarks that change and continuity will both mark the new year’s agenda, but it is the unexpected events, whether in the foreign policy arena or domestic afairs which can shift policies and priorities. 2015 will be another occasion to see how Berlin responds to those challenges.

The debate in Germany about policy toward Russia is generating a critical mass of competing perspectives and prescriptions. It may be one of the more important foreign-policy arguments at a time when Germans are wrestling with their global role and responsibilities. A recent open letter signed by many prominent German figures was published calling for …Read More

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech in Brisbane following the G20 meeting made headlines for two main reasons: for publicly confronting Putin in the toughest manner to date, and for signaling the need for all of Europe to stand with her against Russian aggression. The top European political leader, who has spent the most time with Vladimir …Read More

This speech was delivered as the Columbus Day Lecture 2014 at the Center for International Security and Governance, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, where Ambassador James D. Bindenagel is the Henry Kissinger Professor. Students, Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to thank Professor Sabine Sielke and the North America Program for inviting me to deliver the Columbus Day …Read More

The loss of trust as a result of the NSA disclosures continues to undermine German-American relations. Leaders on both sides are contending with many other international challenges, but risk further damage to transatlantic intelligence and trade relations by ignoring the issue. AICGS Senior Research Associate Parke Nicholson argues in the Baltimore Sun that high-level efforts …Read More

The international environment that produced the First World War exactly one hundred years ago was a struggle for “places in the sun” as countries competed for colonial lands. The settlement after the war was complicated by secret agreements to redraw borders and acquire territory. Efforts to end such land grabs once and for all—the tales …Read More

The European Central Bank (ECB) is getting much closer to what many analysts believe is the inevitable launch of a much broader-based program of asset purchases, also involving sovereign bonds. While it is true that the ECB remains a much more politically sensitive central bank than some of its main counterparts and what big stakeholders, …Read More

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