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Security & Defense

German-American defense and security ties and the NATO alliance are critical to meeting modern threats. Moving past the traditional threats found in earlier years, today’s concerns range from rouge states, to cybersecurity, to terrorism, and more. German-American cooperation is essential.
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AICGS Profiles: Boris Pistorius

Federal Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius currently serves as the German Federal Minister of Defense. Appointed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on January 17, 2023, Pistorius succeeded Christine Lambrecht following her …

Episode 75: What Germany’s Solution to its Tank Dilemma Tells Us about the Zeitenwende?

On this episode of the Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with Dr. Liana Fix, Fellow for Europe at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss ongoing challenges in Germany’s …

Economics of Cybersecurity

This article was originally published in German at 49security. The digitization of government agencies is still sluggish. Nevertheless, the questions of who is responsible for protection in cyberspace and where …

Episode 73: 2022—A Year in Review

As 2022 draws to a close, AICGS President Jeff Rathke, AICGS Senior Fellow and Director of Society, Culture, and Politics Program Eric Langenbacher and AICGS Non-Resident Senior Fellow Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger …

Feet to the Fire

Critique, Accountability, and Evolution in Germany’s Emerging Security Policy Debate If, after his Zeitenwende speech on February 27, Chancellor Olaf Scholz believed he had done enough to cement his legacy …

Episode 72: Germany’s Foreign Policy Reorientation—A Zeitenwende Conversation with Roderich Kiesewetter MdB

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke sits down with Roderich Kiesewetter, ranking member of the CDU/CSU faction in the Foreign Relations Committee of the German Bundestag, …

The Grand Failure

Grand New Beginning? February 24, 2022, will go down in history as a watershed moment for Europe and not the least for Germany. The day Russia invaded Ukraine spelled the …

Episode 67: Will Germany’s Zeitenwende Stick?

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared a “Zeitenwende,” a historic turning point for Germany’s security and defense policy. Scholz pledged to set up an …

Misperceptions and Distortions

How China, Germany, the EU, and the United States View Each Other in Times of War and Turmoil Dealing with a dynamic and increasingly assertive China is one of the …

Angela Merkel’s Russia Legacy

A Tightrope Walker Reaches the End of the Rope Former Chancellor Angela Merkel made her first public appearance since leaving the Chancellery recently with an extended interview in the famed …

The Zeitenwende: Germany’s Reluctant Revolution

Talking about a revolution Three days into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a revolution in German foreign policy. At an extraordinary session of the German Bundestag …

The Transatlantic Balance We Love to Hate

European discovery and settlement of the New World is one of the great sagas of human history. The two continents of the Western Hemisphere were torn from their traditional existence …