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

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

The domestic political disquiet over the refugees since the March 13 state elections in Germany has not subsided. On the contrary, the debate about German identity and the chancellor’s governance has grown more intense. Chancellor Merkel has upset Germany’s European partners. They are wary of her curious mixture of profound ethics paired with determined self-assurance …Read More

A new report from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looks at Germany’s role in European foreign and security policy, asking how dominant Germany has become within the EU.  It features analysis from two former DAAD/AICGS Research Fellows.  Liana Fix focuses on Germany’s crisis management skills and policies in the case of Ukraine in her essay “Leadership in …Read More

Barack Obama’s final year in office is one with the world in upheaval. It is also the year that will shape the security strategy for the next U.S. president. This commentary paper from J.D. Bindenagel, Director of AICGS partner organization the Center for International Security and Governance at the Universität Bonn, examines Obama’s security strategy, …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

On October 6, 2015, AICGS hosted Ambassador John Emerson, the new American Ambassador to Germany, for a roundtable discussion. Moderated by Dr. Jackson Janes, President of AICGS, the discussion focused on major current events, including the refugee crisis, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Afghanistan, Russia and the Ukraine crisis, the Volkswagen Scandal, the …Read More

On 18 June, during the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an agreement was signed to build a controversial new “Nord Stream 2” pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would go directly from Russia to northern Germany, with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters (bcm). The project, which consists of two segments that would …Read More

The biggest surprise in Ukraine this month is the dog that didn’t bark. In the first week of September not a single Ukrainian soldier was killed in the Ukrainian-Russian battleground in the eastern tip of Ukraine; in fact, the big guns have now been silent there for two weeks. The combined Russian and local rebel …Read More

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