In this recent piece from Gunther Hellmann–Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and former AICGS Fellow–entitled “Mali, the Bundeswehr and Germany Passing Passion for “Talk,” which originally appeared with the Transatlantic Academy, explores the changing dynamic of military capacity and aims within Germany and its society. Germany’s allies, and in particular the… Read more >
Foreign policy in the race for the presidency has historically not been center stage, or barely even on stage at all. While the vote is predicted to be focused primarily on jobs and the economy, the 2012 election is concluding with a number of foreign and security issues that will confront the… Read more >
Despite NATO’s reaffirmed commitment to promote peace and security, Ms. Ann-Kristin Otto argues that member states’ divergent opinions on how to address threats, the specter of unrewarding military engagements, and crippling impacts of the international financial crisis pose serious challenges to the basis of international solidarity on which the organization depends. With… Read more >
In an interesting article in the Washington Post, Michael Birnbaum outlines how Germany’s participation in the war in Afghanistan has given rise to discussions how the country is treating homecoming soldiers. While Germany’s history gives this question a unique dimension, echos of the debate about the treatment of soldiers returning with PTSD… Read more >
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies organized an afternoon discussion on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 with Ambassador Dr. Michael Koch regarding the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21, 2012. Experts purport that the summit will emphasize the organization’s mission in Afghanistan. With his experience as Special Envoy of the German Federal Government to Afghanistan and Pakistan and his four-year tour as Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Koch offers deep understanding of the conflict in Afghanistan and regional animosities between Middle Eastern neighbors complicating NATO’s military endeavors in this nation.
Approaching its summit in Chicago in May, NATO is desperately looking for a positive message to spread. But there’s little good news to be found on all major fronts. Intentions to paint a picture of success in Afghanistan while conducting its own withdrawal are being overrun by events on the ground. The… Read more >
Dr. Ulf von Krause discusses how internal risk communication in the Bundeswehr has evolved from the Balkan wars to today.
In this At Issue, Executive Director Jack Janes looks at the proposed troop withdraw date for Afghanistan in the wake of the civilian killings by a U.S. soldier over the past weekend. Following over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, coalition forces now seem increasingly eager to transfer responsibility to the Afghan people. However, it has become very clear that a number of challenges remain for the future stability of Afghanistan, especially once coalition forces do leave.
Commenting on German foreign policy is hampered by the fact that this is a moving target, today more so than ever, To complicate things further, the target not only moves quickly, it also changes direction in an apparently erratic manner. Accordingly, Germany has been making global headlines as a general source of… Read more >
Christian Tuschhoff is adjunct professor at the Free University Berlin., political and social science department, where he specializes in topics related to international security.