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The West’s Greatest Challenge Lies in Washington, Not Moscow

It has been a month now since Donald Trump’s indulgence in Helsinki of Vladimir Putin’s “extremely strong” denial of Russian involvement in hacking the 2016 U.S. election. With this move, …

Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II

Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific Edited by Daqing Yang and Mike Mochizuki Why do some governments and societies attach great significance to a particular anniversary year whereas others seem less …

The Transatlantic Security Landscape in Europe

The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security Edited by Derek S. Reveron, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, and John A. Cloud The geopolitical and strategic landscape in Europe has transformed fundamentally under …

How Germany became Donald Trump’s European punchbag

“Germany and its leadership are far from blameless for this state of affairs,” Senior Fellow Stephen F. Szabo tells the Financial Times in this article from August 2, 2018.

Germany in Trump’s Crosshairs

After the most recent visit to Washington by Chancellor Merkel in April, a German diplomat came away from the brief working meeting with the president with the clear conclusion that “Trump views Germany as the enemy.”

President Trump’s trade war, launched without a strategy to win it, is backfiring

President Donald Trump has told us that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” He seems to have thought that just threatening to impose tariffs would bring other countries to their …

Galina Kolev, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Galina Kolev as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in July 2018. Galina Kolev is senior economist and head of …

Bavaria First: How a provincial party is tearing Germany and Europe apart

When most Americans think about Germany, they really think about Bavaria. Lederhosen, beer, pretzels, beautiful mountain landscapes and the Disney-esque castle Neuschwanstein have little to do with any of the other 15 …

What Germany Can Teach Us About Manufacturing, Technology, and Trade

AICGS Geoeconomics Program Director Peter Rashish spoke on a panel on “What Germany Can Teach Us About Manufacturing, Technology, and Trade” at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 26, 2018. …

Judy Asks: Should Germany Dump Nord Stream 2? Can it?

This is a tough call. Germany has an interest in keeping a Russian stake in the stability of Europe, something President Putin has just emphasized—and he is actually speaking the …

What’s next for the West?

Crises are not new to the transatlantic relationship — the Iraq war and the financial crisis seriously tested the alliance — but things are much worse this time around. Featuring …

Jeffrey Rathke Selected as New AICGS President

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 …