Germany: Reluctant Leader and Indispensable Power

In this article in the Globalist, co-author of AICGS German-American Issues 12 Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel outlines Germany’s post-election future in the euro zone, broader foreign policy, and leadership in the international community. On all counts, Germany has a large role to fill and must be “sober-minded, cooperative.” Will reluctance impede progress in these areas? Ambassador Bindenagel is currently the Vice President for Community, Government, and International Affairs at DePaul University.

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James D. Bindenagel

Center for International Security and Governance

James D. Bindenagel was appointed Henry-Kissinger Professor at the University of Bonn and is founding director of the Center for International Security and Governance (created at the same time as the professorship) in October 2014. Bindenagel is considered a leading expert on transatlantic relations with a special focus on the German-U.S. relationship, with which he is familiar from many years of personal practical experience. During his thirty years in the U.S. diplomatic service, Professor Bindenagel worked both for the U.S. State Department in U.S. consulates and embassies in West Germany, East Germany, and the unified Germany. He was interim U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1996 to 1997.