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The IRA and the Meaning of “Free Trade”

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) approved by the U.S. Congress last August continues to provoke transatlantic frictions. The European Union has welcomed the climate investments in the IRA that will …

AICGS Profiles: Boris Pistorius

Federal Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius currently serves as the German Federal Minister of Defense. Appointed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on January 17, 2023, Pistorius succeeded Christine Lambrecht following her …

A Transatlantic Approach to Global Technology Standards Competition with China?

Technology Standards as a New Frontier Concerns over China’s growing capabilities in new and emerging technologies are intensifying global competition with traditional technology heavyweights like the United States. American policymakers …

Orbán’s Enablers

German Conservatives and the EU Council’s Unanimity On December 12, 2022, as the first news of Eva Kaili’s arrest and “Qatargate,” the European Parliament’s first major corruption scandal, broke, Hungarian …

Partisan Divides and Popular Fronts

We are pleased to inaugurate the AICGS 40th Anniversary series with the following article, which coincides with the 90th anniversary of the Nazi seizure of power (Machtergreifung) when Hitler was appointed chancellor …

The AICGS at Forty Series

How the Society, Culture, and Politics Program Has Evolved The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Founded during the last …

Berlin’s Extraordinary Election

Flaws, Failures, and Their Consequences Peter Müller, a constitutional judge, described the elections that took place on September 26, 2021, in the city-state of Berlin as follows: “One could have …

Economics of Cybersecurity

This article was originally published in German at 49security. The digitization of government agencies is still sluggish. Nevertheless, the questions of who is responsible for protection in cyberspace and where …

Authoritarian Rebels

The Reichsbürger Movement, the Far-Right, and the Growing Assault on German Democracy On December 7, 2022, German authorities arrested twenty-five members of the so-called “Patriotic Union,” a network that is …

Atomkraft: Jein

The Greens’ Identity Crisis in the Age of Nuclear Energy Expansion The Green Party (Die Grünen) in Germany evolved from a wave of social movements that began with student protests …

AI Regulatory Sandboxes

Germany lagging behind others in Europe According to its Coalition Treaty, the German government wants to “promote […] Artificial Intelligence (AI), quantum technologies, cybersecurity, distributed ledger technology (DLT), robotics and …

Local Governance of Religious Diversity in Hamburg and Washington, DC

A Transatlantic Perspective Germany is an increasingly heterogeneous society. This has become obvious by the Bundestag elections in September 2021. For the first time in the history of the Federal …

Comparing Racisms in Post-Migrant Societies

Similarities and Differences in Approaching Racism in Germany and the United States Rising Relevance of Racism in Germany A series of racist murders has brought the issue of racism into …

European External Economic Policy in the Age of Zeitenwende

For the past thirty years, the global economy has operated on the premise of political alignment. The promise of democratization and the rule of law around the world allowed unprecedented …