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Will Merkel’s Retreat Spark German Foreign Policy Renewal?

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has ruled Germany since 2005 and for 49 of the past 69 years—its election of a new party leader December 7 will have far-reaching impact …

Europe Faces Open Doors but Uphill Battles with New Congress

“The U.S. is bigger than the White House,” declared German foreign minister Heiko Maas in a recent interview. In response to President Trump’s well-documented ambivalence toward alliances, German leaders are …

Remembering George H. W. Bush and Germany: A True Partner in Leadership

The death of former president George H. W. Bush will be mourned in Germany as well as in his home country.  He was, along with Harry Truman, the most consequential …

A Strained, Yet Indispensable Partnership: German-American Relations in the Age of Donald J. Trump  

For the past seventy years, the German-American and the European-American partnership has rested on a shared understanding of common goals: The transatlantic partners believed that the promotion of democracy, rule …

A New Approach to Europe?

Jeff Rathke Speaks at Helsinki Commission Briefing November 1, 2018 European countries and institutions like NATO and the European Union are our partners of first resort. And it is clear …

Merkel’s political exit is a kind of vindication for Trump

On what Chancellor Merkel’s decision to step down as CDU party leader could mean for President Trump and the transatlantic alliance, AICGS President Emeritus Jack Janes tells The Washington Post, …

Next-Generation Veterans Vie for Congress

But will they fight for Europe? Martha McSally, the Republican candidate in the Senate race in Arizona, touts her past as a fighter pilot to ridicule her Democratic opponent: “While …

Trump’s ‘rogue killers’ comment is latest echo of suspect foreign talking points

“The surprising thing for most American observers is the president’s readiness to accept what appear to be very flimsy excuses for behavior that the United States generally has found reprehensible …

AICGS Senior Fellow Sarah Lohmann Speaks on Big Data and Cybersecurity in Ottawa

Washington, DC, Oct. 11, 2018 – AICGS Senior Fellow and Manager of AICGS’ Cybersecurity Programs Sarah Lohmann spoke on the opportunities for innovation provided by big data and cybersecurity at …

Niklas Helwig, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Niklas Helwig as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in October and November 2018. Prior to his research stay at the AICGS, he was a Transatlantic Post-Doc …

Why were UN diplomats laughing at Trump?

On President Trump’s comments to the UN General Assembly on Germany’s reliance on Russian energy, AICGS president Jeff Rathke tells CBS News in this article from September 25, “If you want …

Germany backs small-scale LNG import terminals despite opposition

The German government has decided in favor of building small-scale liquid natural gas (LNG) import terminals and infrastructure. In March, Mrs. Merkel’s CDU/CSU-SPD coalition, in its founding pact, pledged to …

Gerlinde Groitl, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Gerlinde Groitl as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in September 2018. Dr. Gerlinde Groitl serves as Assistant Professor of …

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, …