May 29 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy may be well known not only to Germans, but more widely in the democratic world for his June 26, 1963, speech where he defied Soviet communism by declaring “Ich bin ein Berliner.” But …Read More

All eyes will be on Donald Trump when he attends the international summits of NATO and the G7 at the end of May. On his first trip to Europe he is also set to meet the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. Policymakers in Brussels and across …Read More

In the face of growing challenges to an open, rules-based global economic order, there is a need to identify new ideas and narratives about the importance of international economic engagement for the United States, Germany, and the European Union. This Issue Brief, which benefited from the discussions of the AICGS Geoeconomics Strategy Group, sets the …Read More

After President Trump’s withdrawal from the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations “in the freezer,” the future of free trade agreements is put into question. However, trade agreements remain an important tool not only to create jobs and economic growth, but also to develop, update, and enforce the …Read More

The final meeting of the AICGS Geoeconomics Strategy Group centered on the concept of “economic security” defined as the ability of a country to pursue national prosperity according to the values and principles it chooses. In an ideal world, publics in the United States, Germany, and other G20 countries would understand that achieving this goal …Read More

The G20 is facing its second big litmus test. Almost ten years ago, only decisive action by the G20 prevented the global economy from spiraling into a deep depression. Not only did the G20 coordinate macroeconomic policies; the leaders also committed to a standstill and rollback on protectionism and thus preempted beggar-thy-neighbor policies. The G20 …Read More

As international delegates begin arriving in Washington, DC, for the first IMF/World Bank semi-annual meetings of the Trump era, among the biggest question facing leaders from around the world is what to make of the Trump administration’s frequently faulty understanding of how the world works. One cannot, for instance, read U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s …Read More

The second meeting of the AICGS Geoeconomics Strategy Group focused on “Trade Policy: Is the Best Defense Still a Good Offense?” The new U.S. administration’s emphasis on trade defense—stepping up enforcement mechanisms to ensure that countries or companies that violate trade laws are held accountable for their actions—is an important feature of international economic engagement. …Read More

In international relations, a distinction is often drawn between the “realist” school that bases decision-making on an objective calculation of national interests, and an “idealist” school that emphasizes principles such as promoting democracy and human rights. When President Trump declared in his April 7 Weekly Address that “[O]ur decisions will be guided by our values …Read More

The highly anticipated first meeting between Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping concluded quietly against the backdrop of U.S. missile strikes in Syria. Despite flawlessly choreographed appearances and mutually-assured friendship, the Chinese and U.S. leadership face huge gaps on issues such as trade and regional security. On North Korea, aside from vague reassurance of …Read More

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