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Digitale Gemeindezentren

Political communication and mobilization were altered drastically in the 2008 U.S. election with the increased use of web-based organization. As the 2009 federal elections gear up in Germany, will the parties embrace the lessons learned in the U.S. campaign? DAAD/AICGS Fellow Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte examines the new tools of campaigning and discusses their application to the upcoming German election in his essay, “Digitale Gemeindezentren.”

German-American Disagreement on How to Deal With the Threat of Terrorism

The close relationship between the U.S. and Germany has undergone a dramatic change, beginning with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the resulting U.S.-led “war on terror,” and the Iraq War. In particular, the Iraq War and different counter-terrorism policies have led to a diplomatic crisis in the transatlantic relationship; it was a new phenomenon for Americans and Germans to disagree on fundamental policy issues…

Short-Term Solutions to the Climate and Energy Challenge

In AICGS Policy Report 37, “The Short-Term Potential of Climate-Friendly Technologies,” Felix Chr. Matthes and Lewis J. Perelman examine the technological solutions that can make a substantial impact on climate …

Bioenergy in the United States and Germany

Authors Bruce A. McCarl and Tobias Plieninger focus on the role biofuels can play in addressing climate change and improving energy security in AICGS Policy Report 36, “Bioenergy in the …

Climate Change and Energy Security: Lessons Learned

In AICGS Policy Report 35, “Climate Change and Energy Security: Lessons Learned,” Joseph E. Aldy, Camilla Bausch, and Michael Mehling draw on the experiences in Germany and the U.S. with …

Overcoming the Lethargy: Climate Change, Energy Security, and the Case for a Third Industrial Revolution

Climate change is one of the most important challenges that the world faces today. In addition to the war in Iraq, climate policy was also one of the primary causes …

Global Governance and the Role of NGOs in International Peace and Security

Global governance and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are becoming increasingly more important as the world grows more connected, less state-based, and more multinational. Issues that once fell under the purview of …

We Believe in Change: Europe, the Middle East, and the Future of Transatlantic Cooperation

The remarkably dense media coverage in Europe on the pre-election campaign in the United States is a tell tale sign: America is voting and Europeans are fascinated. Ask any average European these days and you will be surprised to hear him commenting on details of Ohio’s electoral system or the role of the superdelegates, and he will most likely have watched Barack Obama’s speech on Pastor Jeremiah Wright and Hillary Clinton’s tale of sniper fire in Tuzla on YouTube. But the real interest lies in the outcome…

The Impact of EU Treaty Reform on Transatlantic Relations: The Cases of Open Sky and the EU-U.S. Extradition Agreement

In the good old world of realist International Relations’ Theory, international negotiations were conducted by states as unitary actors, and the outcome was seen as the result of the dynamics of a readjustment of the balance of power: Big and rich states, with more resources at their disposal than others would achieve more than small, poor and less resourcefully states…

Redeployment Reconsidered: Rumsfeld, Gates, and the U.S. Presence in Germany

For over half a century the Federal Republic of Germany has been and still is the single most important host nation for the U.S. military in Europe. At any given point during the Cold War, nearly three-fourths of the European-based forces
were stationed there, or approximately 250,000 personnel…

No Germans to the (Southern) Front

In the run-up to the NATO summit meeting in Bucharest in early April, the Bush administration has launched an intensive diplomatic campaign to convince the European allies to send additional combat troops to southern Afghanistan. This is largely to overcome the troop shortfalls facing the alliance in fighting the Taliban insurgency and to increase the allies’ operational flexibility…

Federalism and Environmentalism in the United States and Germany

In an increasingly interwoven and interdependent transatlantic community, the political decision-making process is expanding both horizontally and vertically. The actors on the policy stage are multiplying at all levels. The …