What is the nature of power in the post-Cold War era? Can national governments retain their strength and authority in a globalized world? Or will cities and other local actors deal with these problems more effectively? This Issue Brief by Klaus Segbers explores emerging centers of political, social, cultural, and technological power. He argues that Globalizing City Regions (GCRs) …Read More

Please join us on Thursday, February 19, for a workshop where we will focus on the strength and vulnerabilities of the German economy in the European context and on the potential impact of the European Central Bank’s expanded program of asset purchases on lending and growth in the euro area. The first presentation will explore …Read More

Events of the past few months have once again proven that, in today’s world, defining what a rules-based order is has become increasingly difficult. In fact, the world order increasingly looks more like world disorder, to echo a title of a forthcoming book by Henry Kissinger. Challenges to western democracies both from within the system …Read More

Member of the German Parliament (CDU) Ralph Brinkhaus discusses political and administrative challenges for the pending TTIP agreement between the United States and the EU. He also discusses the current disagreement over the next president of the European Commission, explaining that cooperation is needed to produce a viable solution.  

On her two-day trip to Washington last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel spent four and a half hours in conversation and a working lunch with President Barack Obama, with a visit to the White House capped by a look at Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden. Merkel’s visit was chiefly intended as an ostentatious display of German-American unity …Read More

When French President François Hollande visited Washington two months ago, he declared “trust is restored,” regarding the vast NSA surveillance programs in Europe. In her upcoming visit in May, Angela Merkel will find it far more difficult to convince a skeptical German public that trust is restored, especially when Putin is testing her and Barack …Read More

The response to Russia and transatlantic trade will be the focus of Angela Merkel’s second visit to Washington as Chancellor. But, as important as these issues are to “the West”—i.e., the Americas and the European Union—they are unlikely to inspire a new generation of thinkers on transatlantic relations. There is no new Cold War with …Read More

During her 2011 visit to Washington, DC, President Obama hosted Chancellor Merkel at a festive White House state dinner and conferred on her the highest award he could offer—the Medal of Freedom—while James Taylor sang “You’ve Got a Friend” in the background. Three years later, some in Berlin doubt the sincerity of President Obama’s friendship …Read More

Adrian Wooldridge is the Management Editor and ‘Schumpeter’ Columnist for The Economist. He recently published a detailed Special Report on the Nordic Model for The Economist entitled “Northern Lights.” He wrote the following essay based on the remarks he made at AICGS’ recent roundtable on “Growth in Times of Austerity: Looking beyond Germany at the …Read More

Throughout the year AICGS has the pleasure of hosting private lunch discussions with policymakers and advisors that play a role in strengthening the U.S.-German relationship. We are pleased to host a special guest, Richard W. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and member of the AICGS Chairman’s Council, on October 11, 2012. He will present an in-depth analysis of the U.S. and global economy and share his observations on the current situation in Europe and Germany’s role in fostering European integration.

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