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NATO Then, Now, and In The Future

For nearly 70 years, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has provided a system of collective defense for North American and European Nations. Known as NATO, the alliance has grown from …

Merkel and Macron Call for Joint Cybersecurity Effort

AICGS signs multi-stakeholder accord The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies joined dozens of other civil society organizations and leading U.S. tech companies Monday as an early supporter of the …

Marcus Müller, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Marcus Müller as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in November 2018. Marcus Müller is a Research Associate, Lecturer, and …

Women of Mass Destruction

AICGS Senior Fellow Sarah Lohmann moderated a discussion on next generation thinking on deterrence policy on October 23. Meeting four days after President Trump had announced the United States would pull out …

German Security Policy: Is Europe Germany’s Crutch?

The NATO treaty guarantee has been weakened by President Donald Trump’s alternating attacks on the alliance followed by effusive pledges of support. His Europe trip in July demonstrated his tendency …

Digital Propaganda and Cyber Threats: The Role of Politics and the State

Politics and the state are facing new challenges posed by digital propaganda and cyber threats since the obvious aim of those digital propaganda campaigns and cyberattacks is to undermine democracy, …

The Parliamentary View: Protecting Our Societies from Propaganda and Disinformation

Understanding Disinformation and Digital Propaganda Today’s interconnected societies have largely benefited from the Internet. The world-wide web enables unlimited information sharing, communication, and transactions. Some argue that data has replaced …

The War with Words – Digital Propaganda as a Multilateral, Multi-Perspective, and Multi-Stakeholder Challenge

Maxwell Aitken, the first Baron of Beaverbrook (1879-1964), was a successful Canadian-British businessman, a newspaper editor, and, even in younger years, an influential grey eminence in British politics. Given his …

Where Does Cyber Defense Stop and Offense Begin?

It is a well-known platitude that the Internet transcends national boundaries, just as it does domestic and foreign policy. However, when countless information technology (IT) networks are bound together in …

Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and the Internet of Systems – A U.S. Perspective

Pervasive and still-growing global connectivity continues to shape and change our world, our economies, our societies, and many elements of human behavior. Along with devices and their software and applications, …

Regulation in the Cybersphere: International and National Debates

A new hack on the German Bundestag at the beginning of 2018 caused a sensation and again brought the explosive nature of cybersecurity policy challenges to the forefront of the …

Confidence Building in an Era of Distrust: Baby Steps Toward a Stronger Cyber Defense

In the era of distrust that has followed the Snowden revelations, changing administrations, and a transatlantic relationship that is publicly unraveling, “confidence building measures” (CBMs) is a loaded term. In …

Countering Threats Together in the Cybersphere

When the Internet was created, engineers, users, and even political decision-makers were full of idealism. Yet such benign uses of information and communication technology (ICT) are not the whole story. …

The Future of War?

Just as people expect government to defend the physical world, they also expect government to protect the cyber realm. Governments must have the means to hold criminals and non-state and …