AICGS
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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Episode 55: Russia’s War on Ukraine and Europe’s Response

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, joins AICGS President Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish, Director of AICGS Geoeconomics Program. …

Episode 54: Diverse Communities, Questions of Identity, Polarization of Societies

On this episode of The Zeitgeitst, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with participants in the AICGS project on social divisions in Germany and the United States, which recently visited the …

Episode 53: The Changing Dynamics of German Politics

Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens, and the Liberal FDP has just passed 100 days in office, faced with Russia’s war on Ukraine and …

Jeff Rathke in Foreign Policy on Germany’s Dramatic Strategic Shift

AICGS President Jeff Rathke’s recent piece, “Putin Accidentally Started a Revolution in Germany” was published in Foreign Policy on Sunday. He analyzes rapidly changing foreign policy positions in the Scholz government …

Episode 52: A Turning Point in Germany’s Policy toward Russia?

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine to redraw the post-Cold-War order in Europe. Russia’s aggression has drawn global condemnation and prompted Western governments to impose more severe economic sanctions …

The End of Europe as We Know It?

Germany’s Obligation to Reinforce Europe’s Political-Security Order Just a few days ago in Munich, Western leaders proudly proclaimed their solidarity in the Russia crisis and their resolve to impose massive …

Olaf Scholz in Washington: AICGS Expert Analysis in the Media

On February 7, 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made an official visit to Washington, DC. It was his first since succeeding Angela Merkel in December 2021. Multiple major media outlets …

German Chancellor’s Visit Tests Biden’s Bet on Berlin and Scholz’s Leadership Aspirations

Olaf Scholz’s first visit to the U.S. as German Chancellor February 7 will be a test for the German leader and for his U.S. host, President Joe Biden. At stake …

Episode 51: Why Does Russia Want to Roll Back Europe’s Political and Security Architecture?

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke and AICGS Trustee Ambassador John Kornblum discuss the growing threat to European security and the post-Cold War security architecture resulting …

Episode 50: German Interests, a New Coalition, and a Changing World

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS president Jeff Rathke and Senior Fellow and Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish talk with Dr. Josef Joffe about Germany’s foreign and economic policy …

Episode 49: Health Care Workers and Public Health in Germany and the United States During COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has subjected the German and U.S. healthcare systems to tremendous pressure and posed great challenges to public health policy makers. In both countries, the pandemic has exacted …

Episode 48: The Future of Germany’s Security and Defense Policy

Germany is essential to transatlantic security, a fact that grows more important with rising security challenges in Europe. Berlin’s allies have long called on the country to play a bigger …