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The German government’s decision not to participate in a Western effort to respond to Iran’s actions in the Persian Gulf is not surprising but deeply disappointing nonetheless. It is not …

Episode 12: Memorializing Afghanistan: German and American Experiences

The United States, along with Germany and many U.S. allies, have been at war in Afghanistan for 18 years. It is the longest-running military operation in either country’s history and …

Kramp-Karrenbauer’s Gamble, and Washington’s Opportunity

Ursula von der Leyen left the German defense ministry behind this week when she was confirmed as President of the European Commission by a narrow vote of the European Parliament.  …

Sitting in a Schleudersitz 

If Ursula von der Leyen and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer soon meet for a drink to discuss their respective new job prospects, one wonders which woman thinks she faces the greater challenge. …

Reflections on Legacies and Lessons of 1989

In evaluating history, T.S. Eliot reminded us that human beings often “had the experience but missed the meaning.” In efforts to make sense of our past, we look for patterns …

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Democrats Give Glimmer of Hope to Europe in First Debate: But Is It Enough?

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, American transatlanticists have been repeating the phrase “the U.S. is more than just the president,” to their allies across the ocean. “Look to Congress,” …

The AfD’s Path to Salvini: Winding, Yet Predictable

Earlier this month, the creation of the right-wing populist European Parliament group “Identity and Democracy” (ID) was officially announced. With the Alternative for Germany sending eleven Members of the European …

New Policy Report Now Available

Cooperation or Division? The German-American Relationship in a Changing World Policy Report 70 AICGS is pleased to present the written results of the third and final year of its project …

Engaging the Next Generation of Transatlantic Leaders

The project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in a dialogue on relevant issues within the transatlantic relationship. The participants …

Cooperation or Division? The German-American Relationship in a Changing World

Policy Report 70 AICGS is pleased to present the written results of the third and final year of its project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint …

The End of a Not-So-Grand Coalition

The abrupt resignation of Andrea Nahles as chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is another sign that the Grand Coalition government is a zombie, still walking but otherwise quite …

Felix Berenskötter, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Felix Berenskötter as a Visiting Fellow in June 2019. Felix Berenskötter is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. He …

German Moralism Irritates Allies: Defense Spending and Export Controls

At a 2015 rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump considered the freedom of the press, assuring the crowd that while he hated some reporters, he wouldn’t kill …