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Germans React to a “Year of Action” with Modest Support but Many are Unconvinced

In the days after the annual State of the Union address, Germans have been modestly supportive of U.S. President Barack Obama’s outline for a “Year of Action,” but some commentators …

Germany’s NSA Naivete

Following President Obama’s exclusive interview with ZDF on Friday, Senior Editor of Der Tagesspiegel Malte Lehming noted that the German media largely characterized the president’s remarks as “too vague, too …

Security Breach at Target Corp Highlights Importance of Research on Cyber Security

This morning, Target Corps released that there has been a security breach, and about 40 million credit and debit cards have been accessed from customers of Target stores (not online) …

Will There Be Another Generation of Atlanticists?

An Aging Partnership In November 2013, Victoria Nuland gave her first public speech as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. …

Cyber Policy in Germany and the U.S.: Challenges in an Emerging Policy Field

Introduction: Digitization as Political Challenge As Tessier Stall notes, “[c]yberspace is both the playground and the battleground of the future.”[1] Digitization is a great opportunity for society and modern information …

Has Germany Become NATO’s “Lost Nation”? Prospects for a Reinvigorated German NATO Policy

1. What’s Wrong With the Germans? Recently, the U.S. debate on Germany’s international role has become ever more critical. The American image of Germany that has emerged is one of …

Shaping Transatlantic Solutions: Challenges of the 2012 and 2013 Elections

The U.S. elections in 2012 and the German elections in 2013 demonstrate that, despite their geographic distance, the two countries are confronted by both similar and shared problems: debt crises, …

Why Germans Enjoy Being the Intelligence Community’s Victim

With the repeated history of repressive surveillance practices ingrained into cultural memory, Germany seems to know this narrative well. Malte Lehming is a frequent contributor and participant at AICGS whose …

Restoring Transatlantic Trust

Trust is above all other elements in international diplomacy, and the host of leaked U.S. electronic surveillance programs have sunk German-American relations lower than during the crisis over the Iraq …

The NSA Has Harmed Transatlantic Relations More Than Any al-Qaida Operative Could

States only have interests, and although even friends spy on each other, the NSA has applied its technological prowess without thought to the consequences. In short, post-9/11 paranoia has brought …

The U.S. and German Approach to Non-Proliferation: Influencing States’ Decisions to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear proliferation is not a diminishing problem; rather, it possesses an increasingly significant threat to global security in the twenty-first century. The United States and Germany are committed to the …

Bericht aus Berlin: Dr. Janes Comments on NSA

In a recent segment on ARD, “NSA Wiretapping Scandal: How Disgusted are Germans Allowed to Be?” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes comments (starting at 3:45) on the personal dynamics of …