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The 70th Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany:  Challenges and Opportunities for the German-American Future and the Atlantic Community

On May 23, 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany was established, a new state formed out of the zones of American, British, and French occupation.  It was an incomplete step …

Advancing the German-American Alliance

Updating the Transatlantic Partnership for the Next 70 Years AICGS-ECFR Berlin Symposium, May 15, 2019 The year 2019 marks several major anniversaries that trace the arc of the transatlantic relationship: …

Episode 10: Transatlantic Strategy on China: Still Elusive?

Never before has China featured so prominently in discussions among political leaders in Europe, Germany, and the United States. There is a growing consensus in Germany that China represents a …

Pompeo’s No-Show in Berlin: An Occasion for Less Outrage and Considering More Options

When U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo suddenly canceled his visit to Berlin citing “pressing issues,” many Germans felt insulted. It was taken as another slap in the face from …

Axel Heck, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Axel Heck as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from May to mid-July 2019. Dr. Axel Heck is a senior lecturer in International Relations at Kiel University …

Episode 09: Legacy of the “Hinge” Years: 1990 to Today

Divided Germany was a microcosm of the standoff between West and East, and the Berlin Wall was the iconic symbol of the Iron Curtain (listen to Episode 2 with Mary …

Germany: Hegemon or Free Rider?

Germany has been the most pro-European of all the big players within the EU.  Europe’s largest country in terms of population and economic weight, Germany has always been reluctant to …

Digital Propaganda: Russia or the Kid Next Door?

Chapter Summary Russian propaganda efforts have changed significantly since the Cold War era. Back then, NATO served to support the will of the people yearning for change in Soviet bloc …

Restarting the Transatlantic Partnership Before It’s Too Late

We live in an era of rapid changes. It is not the first time that mankind has faced a fundamental socio-technical transformation, but it is the first time that it …

Mariam Salehi, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Mariam Salehi as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from mid-April to mid-June 2019. Dr. Mariam Salehi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Conflict Studies, …

Noah Barkin, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Noah Barkin as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from mid-March to mid-May 2019. He is a Berlin-based journalist who has reported from over 20 countries in …

Episode 08: German and European Security at a Crossroads

As the March 29 deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union approaches, no one knows how it will ultimately turn out. But some lessons are apparent despite the …

Sonja Thielges, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Sonja Thielges as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from mid-March to mid-May 2019.  In Germany, Sonja is a research associate in the project “Pathways to Sustainable …

What Transatlantic Organizations Can Do to Strengthen German-American Relations

The ongoing German public diplomacy initiative “Wunderbar Together,” celebrating German-American friendship, appears to belie the present tensions between the two countries. The state of German-American diplomatic relations has hit a …