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Jeff Rathke on the 2022 Midterm Elections

Jeffrey Rathke

Jeff Rathke

President of AICGS

Jeffrey Rathke is the President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining AICGS, Jeff was a senior fellow and deputy director of the Europe Program at CSIS, where his work focused on transatlantic relations and U.S. security and defense policy. Jeff joined CSIS in 2015 from the State Department, after a 24-year career as a Foreign Service Officer, dedicated primarily to U.S. relations with Europe. He was director of the State Department Press Office from 2014 to 2015, briefing the State Department press corps and managing the Department's engagement with U.S. print and electronic media. Jeff led the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of staff to the NATO Secretary General in Brussels. He also served in Berlin as minister-counselor for political affairs (2006–2009), his second tour of duty in Germany. His Washington assignments have included deputy director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs and duty officer in the White House Situation Room and State Department Operations Center.

Mr. Rathke was a Weinberg Fellow at Princeton University (2003–2004), winning the Master’s in Public Policy Prize. He also served at U.S. Embassies in Dublin, Moscow, and Riga, which he helped open after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Mr. Rathke has been awarded national honors by Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as several State Department awards. He holds an M.P.P. degree from Princeton University and B.A. and B.S. degrees from Cornell University. He speaks German, Russian, and Latvian.

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jrathke@aicgs.org

AICGS President Jeff Rathke appeared in German media to discuss the 2022 midterm elections.

Mr. Rathke gave his analysis of U.S. politics and what to expect following the elections on November 8. What would a Republican-controlled Congress mean for U.S. foreign policy and transatlantic relations? Will U.S. policy toward Ukraine or China change with a change of power in either house of Congress?


Handelsblatt Today’s Special U.S. Election Podcast: Die amerikanische Außenpolitik und ihre Folgen für Europa

ZDF Heute Journal: Die USA und die Kongress-Wahlen 

Deutsche Welle’s Der Tag: US-Midterms: Rennen um US-Senat und Repräsentantenhaus

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