The remains of millions of soldiers still lie in the soil of the former battlefields of World War II in Europe. Since the end of the war, Red Army and Wehrmacht soldiers’ remains have been (and continue to be) recovered by Russian and German teams in Kursk, Smolensk, Volgograd (Stalingrad), and St. Petersburg (Leningrad). The …Read More

Addressing civilians’ needs in Iraq remains a key task of the U.S.-led Global Coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) especially amid ongoing military operations and fears of a post-ISIL vacuum in areas previously held by the group. Encouraging safe return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is at the core of …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German economic growth will slow in second half, ministry says (Reuters) Volkswagen Shareholders Seek $9.2 Billion Over Diesel Scandal (NYT) Merkel Wants Germany to Get Refugees Into Workforce Faster (NYT) Germany Expects Fair Result in Deutsche Bank U.S. Mortgages Case (NYT) Is …Read More

In recent years, profound changes in the European security environment have sparked vigorous debate in Germany on how best to respond, calling into question the status quo of the country’s post–World War II pacifist “culture of restraint.” Since the Munich Security Conference in 2014, many officials have been advocating for a more active German foreign …Read More

The German Defense Ministry Director of the Project Group White Paper on Security Policy will present the findings and discuss the process which resulted in the recently released 2016 White Paper issued by Berlin, the first such effort since 2006. German and American security experts will consider the resultant challenges, choices and consequences of this Cabinet-approved …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics German banks exploited a legal loophole that allowed two parties to claim ownership of the same shares. (Reuters) Volkswagen shareholders air grievances at their annual meeting. Management bonuses, sagging profits and an emissions scandal have all caused the company’s stock to plunge. …Read More

In our continuing series of discussions on important foreign and security issues with leading German experts, Ambassador Lucas will address the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw and the anticipated issues for the summit as well as broader security challenges for Germany and the transatlantic community, including the continuing confrontation with Moscow over Ukraine, sanctions against …Read More

 In 1920, U.S. presidential candidate Warren G. Harding coined the word “normalcy” in reference to the end of the U.S.’ first major foreign military engagement and a return to concentration on domestic politics—negatively put, isolationism in an increasingly entangled world. Today, no nation has the luxury of looking only inward and closing its eyes to …Read More

Afghanistan will confront and challenge Germany in the coming year. It will require close collaboration between the United States and Germany as well as the coalition allies, as the ability of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to secure the country against the return of the Taliban promises to be an uphill battle. With …Read More

In this At Issue Interview, Klaus Scharioth, former Ambassador of Germany to the United States, summarizes the lessons learned for Germany during its decade-long mission in Afghanistan, which offers a blueprint for the country’s future engagement in crisis management and peace-keeping. Ambassador Scharioth also discusses the on-going refugee crisis in Germany and suggests that good …Read More

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