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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, …

Germany backs small-scale LNG import terminals despite opposition

The German government has decided in favor of building small-scale liquid natural gas (LNG) import terminals and infrastructure. In March, Mrs. Merkel’s CDU/CSU-SPD coalition, in its founding pact, pledged to …

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 …

Quo Vadis CDU/CSU: The Bavarian Elections and Beyond

Markus Söder has a problem. The Christian Social Union’s (CSU) Bavarian minister-president leads a party that is polling between 36 percent and 39 percent ahead of October 14’s state elections. …

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. …

Germany’s Charlottesville Moment

The protests and violence that took place last week in Chemnitz have brought home the depths of the western revolt against the liberal order which has been the norm in …

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 …

Gerlinde Groitl, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Gerlinde Groitl as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in September 2018. Dr. Gerlinde Groitl serves as Assistant Professor of …

EU Elections: The Center Cannot Hold, but Do We Want It To?

Populism has truly become a transatlantic phenomenon, transcending national borders and disrupting democracies throughout the Western world: from Brexit in the UK to the election of Donald Trump in the …

War in the Cybersphere – The Polyvariant Threat Needs International Cooperation!

We live in highly complex times, in which the threats to our countries are more diffuse than ever before. Power blocs have given way to new, asymmetrical power relations of …

Moving Beyond Cyber Wars: A Transatlantic Dialogue

In January 2018, as the German government was trying to cobble together a coalition, and the U.S. government found itself in a shut down, ten Americans and ten Germans committed …

Reinstating Conscription: Wrong Issue, Wrong Time

Nearly a decade after Germany suspended military conscription, the topic has found its way back into the German political debate. In a surprise move, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the general secretary of …