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Episode 41: Trade Talk with Soumaya Keynes—Biden’s Trade Policy, the Transatlantic Relationship, and the Next Chapter

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish speak with Soumaya Keynes, trade and globalization editor at The Economist and co-host of the Trade Talks podcast, …

Episode 40: National Bellwethers for the German Federal Election?

The March 14 elections for state legislatures in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate kicked off an electoral marathon that will culminate in the September 26 German federal election, the …

Episode 39: Revitalizing Transatlantic Power

President Joe Biden has made rebuilding the transatlantic partnership a focus of his administration after four years of frosty relations between Europe and the United States. One of the most …

Episode 38: Lessons for Dealing with Right-Wing Extremism in the United States and Germany

Right-wing extremism has been on the rise around the world. The January 6, 2021 insurrection that attached the U.S. capital and the August 2020 protest in Berlin which breached the …

Episode 37: A Warming Trend for the U.S.-EU Partnership?

Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States has generated optimism about the prospects for renewing transatlantic relations after the cold front of the Trump years. As …

Episode 36: The Politics of Drones and the Future of Germany’s Defense Policy

Germany has dramatically increased its defense spending since the wake-up call of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine – the 2020 defense budget is 40% greater …

Episode 35: The Christian Democratic Union after Merkel: The Race for CDU Chairmanship and the 2021 Federal Election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not stand for re-election when voters go to the polls on September 26, 2021. Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is one of the most successful …

Episode 34: Berlin Wall: The View from the West

Images of the fall of the Berlin Wall dominate the public consciousness when thinking about the end of the Cold War. Photos of jubilant Germans standing atop the symbol of …

Episode 33: The German Approach to China and the Indo-Pacific

Germany’s relationship with China is one of Berlin’s top priorities. In the past few years, a crucial debate has taken place in Germany and has broadened the issues in the …

Episode 32: Global Trade and Economic Dynamics

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Mike Froman, Chairman of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and U.S. Trade Representative during the Obama administration, joins AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter …

Episode 31: How Ike Led: A Conversation with Susan Eisenhower

Germany was a part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s life from his earliest days—his family descended from German immigrants and lived in a tight-knit, pious community in Kansas.  As Supreme …

Episode 30: German Politics Heats Up

German political dynamics have made an early and perhaps unexpected change this summer, coming out of the “Sommerloch,” with two new announcements from the Social Democratic Party. First, the SPD …

Episode 29: German-American Relations in 2020

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Peter Beyer, Member of the Bundestag and Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the German Federal Foreign Office, talks with Jeff Rathke about the broad …

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