President Obama made his final trip overseas as president this week, meeting with his trusted partner, German chancellor Angela Merkel.  AICGS has compiled a brief reading list of news from the meetings. In advance of their meetings, Obama and Merkel published an op-ed on the future of transatlantic relations (in English), saying that the U.S. and …Read More

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

The proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has bitterly pitted European states that back the project, including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and France, against project opponents, including Ukraine, Poland, and other former Soviet-bloc states. The project aims to double the capacity of the existing huge, 55-billion-cubic-meter-per-year Nord Stream 1 pipeline, running in parallel to it …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

On August 25, 2016, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Colleen Anderson presented her research on international space exploration in East and West Germany in a seminar at AICGS. She explored the historical background of German rocketry programs, examined German imaginations of space exploration in the early postwar period, and described the nature of East and West German …Read More

What are the implications of Britain leaving the EU for Germany in the context of its relations with Russia? First, chancellor Merkel is losing an important ally in the EU for a vigorous response to Putin’s policies in what he considers to be a traditional Russian sphere of influence, that is, the Baltic nations, the …Read More

The cauldron of crises on display at the recent Munich Security Conference may have been familiar to some who have been engaged in transatlantic relations over the past fifty years. After all, the post-World War II era was marked by conflicts overshadowed by the threat of thousands of nuclear weapons. But at this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC), the cauldron of contemporary disorder was overflowing. Even references made to the summer of …Read More

The appearances of Russian representatives at the Munich Security Conference are always eagerly awaited—from Putin’s anti-Western rambling in 2007 to Sergey Lavrov being laughed at last year: they always promise stuff to talk and worry about. This year it was Prime Minister Medvedev’s turn. One of his most remarkable sentences—and there were many—was his denial …Read More

Germany has been widely perceived as calling the shots in European crisis management efforts in Ukraine. Some observers argued that Germany has taken on a leadership role not only in Europe, but also for the West in general, with the United States “outsourcing” the conflict management to Berlin.[1] Not without reason has Angela Merkel been …Read More

For all of 2014 and well into 2015, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine over the hostile events in Crimea and the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk dominated German and (at least central and eastern) European foreign and security policy, shaped the U.S. view on Europe, and evoked abundant pithy statements. Although Germany was …Read More

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