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Today, Germany stands at the center of Europe and is the most influential member of the European Union. Germany is a key partner of the U.S. in its most important international relationships. There is no other country with which the U.S. shares a stronger mix of interests and values on twenty-first century challenges.
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Jeff Rathke discusses U.S. troop withdrawal from Germany with Washington Post

AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses President Trump’s plan to withdraw one-third of U.S. troops stationed in Germany with The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung. He notes, “For those who think this …

Jeff Rathke on G7 in Washington Post

AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision not to attend the G7 – and the later fallout – with The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan. He notes, “Merkel’s decision …

How Will the EU Survive the Coronavirus?

What will be the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Europe?  How will the pandemic change the trajectory of European development? One way to answer these questions is to ask …

Lesson from the Corona Crisis: The Neighbors Have Gone Mad

The article is written in the author’s personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views the German government. Spending time alone at home gives you time to think. Time …

Beyond Pandemic: China, 17+1, and the Influence Competition in the CEE Region

Ever since the inception of the China-CEEC (Central and Eastern European Countries) Initiative in 2012, officials and politicians in many Western European countries as well as the European Union have …

The Franco-German Motor Turns 70

“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.” That is the first sentence of the Schuman Declaration, which 70 years …

A Strategic Outlook

Report of the International Security Forum 2019 The Forum noted that the global political climate today is marked by a new competitive edge in international politics, the rise of systemic …

Must Germany Take on More Global Political Responsibility in the Corona Crisis?

History shows that it is always outstanding personalities who shape events. For better or worse, they influence the dynamics and direction of events. This is also true now in view …

Stumbling US diplomacy flattens Washington’s influence curve

American diplomacy has faced a challenge from the start of President Trump’s administration — how to make his “America First” pledge an operational reality in a world that was oriented for …

The Trump Peace Plan: Can Europe Look Beyond Oslo?

On January 28, 2020, U.S. president Donald Trump released his administration’s Peace to Prosperity plan for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The document envisions a fragmented, demilitarized Palestinian state …