The American Council on Germany (ACG) and AICGS were pleased to host a breakfast discussion as part of the 2017 Munich Security Conference with Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Relations Committee, and General David Petraeus, former Director of the CIA.  The off-the-record discussion touched on the challenges confronting the German-American relationship in …Read More

The election of Donald Trump threatens to radically change the parameters of German foreign policy that go back to the foundation of the Federal Republic in 1949. Germany has benefited from a particular configuration of the liberal international order in which the United States provided security and acted as a consumer of last resort. During …Read More

The Munich Security Conference has had many memorable milestones over the last half century; I have been privileged to experience several. The famous “I am not convinced” exchange between Joschka Fischer and Donald Rumsfeld in 2003; the gauntlet directed at the U.S. by Vladimir Putin in 2007; Joachim Gauck’s challenge to Germany for it to rethink …Read More

Few issues stir more concerns—and confusion—about where the Trump administration is heading than relations with Russia. Several Cabinet secretaries, during their confirmation hearings and subsequent statements, voiced strong support for maintaining sanctions on Russia and providing lethal assistance for Ukraine, and cited Russia as a major threat to U.S. interests. Those views, however, clash with …Read More

The Munich Security Conference convenes at a time of the great unraveling of the world order.   The world is less stable and more uncertain than it has been for years. Conflicts and crises rage across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia from Ukraine and Syria to ISIL, and in the South China Sea.  The rise …Read More

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 has said cybersecurity is a priority for his administration. It is also one of the fastest growing spending priorities for the U.S. government this fiscal year. Across the Atlantic, Germany is preparing to launch new cyber defense capabilities of its own in the wake of massive cyber breaches of government and public sector …Read More

In the summer of 2014, Stephen Bannon gave a talk at the Institute for Human Dignity in Rome via Skype saying that “we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is […] metastasizing far quicker than governments can handle it.”[1] Bannon is now the Chief Strategist for President Donald Trump …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany Should Not Fear Trump (Handelsblatt Global) Should German carmakers be alarmed? (DW) Bank of England Governor: Bank will protect economic growth (U.S.News) IMF boosts growth forecast for US, cites Trump impact (Southern Business Journal) U.S. Ambassadors in Asia make …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

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