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Does Germany Need a Plan B?

Thomas Bagger is one of the most thoughtful diplomats of his generation.  Currently the Director of Foreign Policy in the Office of the Federal President, he has previously served as …

Jeff Rathke on Voice of America’s “Encounter”

Jeff Rathke, AICGS President, and Thomas Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, join host Carol Castiel on VOA’s “Encounter” program to …

Fostering Tunisia’s Democratic Transition: Why Germany, Europe, and the United States Need to Join Forces

The awarding of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet gives hope that Tunisia is becoming a model of democracy in the region. Following the 2010 …

Milestones with Mixed Messages: German-American Relations at 70

In 2019, we will mark a number of meaningful milestones in German-American relations: seventy years since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany and NATO and thirty years since …

Transatlantic Responses to a Global China

China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative is probably the best articulated regional strategy for the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The scope of Beijing’s economic ambition as well as its security and geopolitical implications have …

China’s BRI and Europe’s Response

During Chinese president Xi Jinping’s December 5 visit to Lisbon, China and Portugal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in frame of the New Silk Road (“Belt and …

Europe, China, and a Stable Indo-Pacific Order

On November 23, 2018, gunmen linked to Baloch separatist groups from Pakistan’s restive southwest province killed four people in an attempt to strike the Chinese consulate in Karachi. Although no …

If Not the Chinese Belt-and-Road, Then What? Navigating A Multitude of Visions for the Indo-Pacific and Beyond

At the 2019 Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi last week, policy elites from the United States, Europe, and Asia rehearsed and debated the prospect of countering the Chinese Belt-and-Road Initiative …

How a Public Relations Framework Can Help Us Rethink Transatlanticism

PR is often discounted as salesmanship or deception. But PR at its essence is about explaining something—an idea, a product, or a policy—in compelling terms. Drafting a public relations strategy …

Ovation Diplomacy: The Shortsightedness of President Trump’s Foreign Policy

Speaking in Brussels on December 4, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a name to the philosophy guiding President Trump’s foreign policy: “principled-realism.” Secretary Pompeo likes to think of …

Industry and Government Leaders Call for New Election Standards to Protect Democracy

Meeting for a third German-American Cybersecurity Roundtable in Brussels on November 16, industry leaders joined government officials in calling for a more coordinated effort to secure election infrastructure and to …

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 …