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German/U.S. Data Transfers: Crucial for Both Economies, Difficult to Regain Trust

There has been a heated transatlantic debate on cyber issues since Edward Snowden’s release of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents last year that described various surveillance activities, including the …

What is at Stake in Ukraine

The next steps in dealing with the crisis in Ukraine will be as much of a challenge for Europe and the United States as they are for Russia and Ukraine. …

Putin’s Predicament: What is to be done?

Vladimir Putin is tracking another Vladimir—this one with the last name Lenin—who published a pamphlet in 1902 called “What Is to Be Done: Burning Questions of Our Movement.” That Vladimir …

It Takes Three to Tango

As the EU’s success in managing Ukraine slips, frequent AICGS contributor Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg reminds us that Europe “has more leverage over the situation than policymakers seem to think they …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: The New Digital Age

Chancellor Merkel was right in saying that when it comes to the digital world we are in “Neuland.” Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen agree. The opening sentence to their book, …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Just as we confront the sudden current challenges in Ukraine, an analysis of the ongoing confrontation with Iran over its nuclear strategies appears to highlight both the possibilities and limits …

Putin planning ‘Soviet Union lite’

Past AICGS Fellow Ulrich Speck cannot emphasize enough that the outcome of Russia’s operations in Crimea will be profoundly important for the future of international order. In his recent opinion …

Collapse of Russia’s Image in Germany: Who Is to Blame?

Identifying and deconstructing Germans’ increasingly negative outlook on Russia and President Vladimir Putin, Hannes Adomeit notes a turn in perceptions in the early 2000s as the German public became disillusioned …

Ukraine: Another Test for Europe – and the United States

Europe has seen many moments marked as a “major passage.” Most of them are self proclaimed, but one was suggested by an American. Forty-one years ago–then Secretary of State–Henry Kissinger …

What the West Must Do for Ukraine

After a watershed series of events in Ukraine that saw President Yanukovych fleeing Kiev, the country is on the road to a new government, yet also in a precarious position …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: The Limits of Partnership

Dr. Angela E. Stent in The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2014) has written an important contribution to our understanding of the U.S.-Russian …

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 …