It was an awkward date.  Both recognized they had to get to know each other, but neither one was particularly keen to do so.  Nevertheless, they went through the motions with a sense of obligation that was painfully obvious to everyone. Trump and Merkel are not going to be friends, and they may not ever …Read More

In this article in the New York Times, Dr. Jackson Janes weighs in on expectations for Merkel’s March 14 visit with Trump, noting that a number of corporate CEOs will be part of her delegation.  Dr. Janes tells the Times, “The thing she’ll come back with is, ‘Do you know that there are thousands of …Read More

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel has her first face-to-face meeting with President Trump in Washington on March 17,* she will have two key tests. Can she take the sting out of the burden sharing debate between the United States and Europe in NATO? And can the U.S. and Germany find common ground on trade policy, an …Read More

There is a well-known warning to all politicians seeking to sound convincing to their audiences: if you have to explain too much, you are losing them. If there are too many ambiguities in a message, you trip yourself up justifying them. The platform of the Munich Security Conference is a tough testing ground for all politicians given the enormous concentration on what is discussed there. This year’s meeting was no exception.

With U.S. President Donald Trump poised to pull the United States back from global leadership and with the United Kingdom mired in a messy withdrawal from the European Union, Germany has emerged as the central economic and political power in Europe. Since German President Joachim Gauck’s much-lauded speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2014—“Let …Read More

President Trump’s first days in the White House has generated chaos and fear with his controversial travel ban targeting seven predominately Muslim Middle Eastern countries. Intended as a swift measure by the new U.S. administration to combat international terrorism, the policy not only sparked fierce debate about its impact, with some experts suggesting the ban serves …Read More

On November 21, 2016, AICGS co-hosted the Bonn Security Forum together with the Center for International Security and Governance (CISG) at the Universität Bonn.  The following report is a result of that conference. Executive Summary The Bonn Security Forum revolved around a series of fundamental transformations of the American and international political landscape. Debates at …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Don’t expect Trump-style protectionism from Germany (Reuters) F.B.I. arrests Volkswagen executive on conspiracy charges in emissions scandal (NYT) German GDP Grows at Fastest Rate in Five Years (Wall Street Journal) Trump pledge sends German pharma firms’ stocks down (The Local …Read More

Donald Trump’s election as American president is the latest and most dramatic sign of a major political and social sea change, the effect of which we are just beginning to understand. The break with the past has been so dramatic that Europe too risks being engulfed in a wave of the sort of populism which …Read More

Ever tried to come up with a list of what German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President-elect Donald Trump have in common? Presumably, for most people, the list will be short. However, commonalities exist: both were announced most influential person in the world by TIME Magazine (Merkel in 2015, Trump in 2016). Both also made it …Read More

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