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Domestic Policy

A variety of reasons, including demographic change, global migration patterns, economic hardship, and climate change, demand that both Germany and the U.S. craft domestic policies that effectively address their populations’ concerns. This imperative is also seen in the political sphere, as voters make their voices heard in state, federal, and supranational elections.
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Merkel Remains in Control, but Problems are Looming on the Horizon

Angela Merkel has experienced a challenging 18 months.  Events of the past week nonetheless indicate that she remains firmly in control of German political life.  Eleven years is an awfully …

Obama and Merkel in Berlin: News Roundup

President Obama made his final trip overseas as president this week, meeting with his trusted partner, German chancellor Angela Merkel.  AICGS has compiled a brief reading list of news from the …

The Presidential Campaign and The Future of U.S. Trade Policy: Implications for Transatlantic Relations

The 2016 presidential contest in the United States has been characterized by a particularly heated debate about the role that trade policy should play in promoting US prosperity and national …

U.S. Students Are Attending German Universities In Increasing Numbers

  During his 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders’ call to make tuition at public institutions free for all students hit a nerve among his (mainly young) …

Elections – The DNA of Democracies

There is a German expression describing the continuous competition in the soccer world: nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel. The last game is right before the next. The rules, …

Mending Fences Online: The United States, Germany, and the Need for a Common Cyber Agenda

Stating the obvious, namely defining the forthcoming U.S. election as historic, trailblazing, and of global relevance, still seems to understate the interest America’s allies have taken in the heated presidential …

Growing Populism in the U.S. and Germany

Seemingly in all corners of the world right-wing populism is rising. A more chauvinistic renationalization of politics, criticism of free trade regimes and globalization, and a general coarsening of rhetoric …

Merkel: One More Time

Yogi Bera – that immortal American philosopher – once said that it is tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Well, here is one prediction. A year from now, …

“Considerate and Determined”: Germany’s Pragmatic Approach to Combatting Terrorism?

Germany has not yet experienced major coordinated terror incidents of the type that has hit the United States, Belgium, France, Turkey, and other countries. Two Islamist terror attacks in Bavaria, …

Leadership Profile: BND President Dr. Bruno Kahl

Dr. Bruno Kahl became president of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst – BND) on 1 July 2016, replacing Gerhard Schindler about two years ahead of his expected retirement. As head …

Countering Jihadi Prison Radicalization in Germany and the U.S.

What, if anything, is being done in Germany or the United States to assess or address the issue of Jihadi prison radicalization? Prison radicalization moved to the top of Western …

A Reason to be Rattled? 

Over the next five months, the presidential campaigns are likely to be a demonstration of the worst side of American politics. The candidates expected to face each other—Donald Trump and Hillary …