Challenges and Choices:
 
The U.S. Presidential Election and its Significance for Remapping German-American Relations


As the 2016 U.S. presidential election edges closer, China sits prominently on the short list of America’s biggest problems for millions of voters heading to the polls. Both the Democratic and the Republican candidates have promised to stand up to China, among others, to prosecute China’s unfair competition and bring jobs back to the United …Read More

Over the next five months, the presidential campaigns are likely to be a demonstration of the worst side of American politics. The candidates expected to face each other—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—will be engaged in non-stop attacks on each other’s character, past, and personality, with less room for a real debate about real policy challenges and choices. …Read More

At a time when many people both inside and outside the U.S. are struggling to understand the dynamics of the presidential campaign and its rhetoric this year, Paul Pillar offers some insights in his new book Why America Misunderstands the World: National Experience and Roots of Misperception. The focus of his study is on the …Read More

In his recent essay in Global Affairs, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann explores how Germany, given its central role in Europe and the EU, looks at its environment and how the world looks back. He discusses how Germany’s power, place, and ambition might be described from different angles: a “structural” interpretation of the EU/Europe’s setting; how …Read More

The domestic political disquiet over the refugees since the March 13 state elections in Germany has not subsided. On the contrary, the debate about German identity and the chancellor’s governance has grown more intense. Chancellor Merkel has upset Germany’s European partners. They are wary of her curious mixture of profound ethics paired with determined self-assurance …Read More

In his essay for LSE IDEAS’ Special Report “New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations,” AICGS Senior Research Associate Parke Nicholson offers his views on the future of the transatlantic relationship. Many fear the transatlantic partnership is drifting apart. Disputes over policy, privacy, and security make it seem like the community of …Read More

The year 2016 has been characterized by growing uncertainty about the strength of the global economy: uncertainty about the ability of emerging markets—and especially China—to successfully address cyclical and structural weaknesses in their economies; uncertainty about the impact of the slowdown on advanced economies, namely the United States and Europe; and uncertainty about the impact …Read More

Foreign policy issues are usually not the driving force behind election campaigns. Compared with the high-pitched debate over domestic issues, only the most pressing foreign policy concerns become part of the public discussion. Yet the upcoming U.S. elections in November will have an impact around the globe. This will be reflected in the decisions made that affect not only the United States, but …Read More

“In God We Trust,” that phrase enshrined on American currency, may be the only certainty in an era when trust is severely lacking in the government printing that money. And there is a widespread trust deficit in many liberal democracies on both sides of the Atlantic: less than a quarter of the American public trusts …Read More

A new report from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looks at Germany’s role in European foreign and security policy, asking how dominant Germany has become within the EU.  It features analysis from two former DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows.  Liana Fix focuses on Germany’s crisis management skills and policies in the case of Ukraine in her essay “Leadership in …Read More

Eight years ago, we watched an American rock star perform on a hot summer day in Berlin. That he was also a young, black politician seemed a revelation to the crowd. They swooned to his lyrics that promised “justice and peace” and “new walls we must tear down.” Europeans believed he was “their” candidate for …Read More

When the hundreds of government officials and international organization leaders make their way to Washington for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, an explosion of traffic jams around the city follows. But there is another traffic jam emerging among the network of institutions, and their leaders seem to be having …Read More