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Episode 70: Germany and Systemic Competition with China and Russia—A Conversation with Johannes Vogel

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke sits down with Johannes Vogel, Deputy Chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the FDP’s Chief Whip in the …

Do We Need a Digital Bretton Woods?

The development of the Internet, and thus of the digital world, has had a transformative effect on the global economy. The transatlantic economy has been at the forefront of that …

Episode 67: Will Germany’s Zeitenwende Stick?

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared a “Zeitenwende,” a historic turning point for Germany’s security and defense policy. Scholz pledged to set up an …

Episode 66: Are the International Trading System and Globalization in Crisis?

On this episode of the podcast, AICGS President Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish, Director of the AICGS Geoeconomics Program, discuss the ongoing challenges facing international trade, potential reforms to the …

Despite Challenges, the U.S. And EU Can Save the Rules-Based Economic Order and Redefine Globalization

First there was a trickle. After years of sounding the alarm about China’s use of forced labor, economic coercion, and unfair trade practices, the U.S. government has made steady but …

Episode 65: The Future of Trade and Globalization—A Conversation with Former WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy

On this episode of the podcast, AICGS President Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish, Director of the AICGS Geoeconomics Program, discuss the challenges facing globalization and the evolving international trading system …

Globalization under Pressure: Danger for the German Economic Model?

The term globalization stands for an increasing economic and social interdependence worldwide. It is, or was, the result of three main factors: 1. the collapse of communism in Europe, the …

Friendshoring: Democracy or Diversity?

In an April 2, 1917 speech before Congress arguing for U.S. entry into World War I, President Woodrow Wilson famously declared that “the world must be made safe for democracy.” …

Episode 64: Economic Power amid Geopolitical Competition—A Conversation with Barry Eichengreen

In a stark display of their economic power following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States and its allies deployed an array of sanctions aimed at curtailing Russia’s access to …

Episode 63: Trust, Media Literacy, and Regulation—How to Think about Fake News, Misinformation, and Disinformation in Germany and the United States

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke is joined by Alex Sängerlaub, the director and co-founder of futur eins in Berlin, and Rebekah Tromble, Associate Professor and …

Germany and the EU Artificial Intelligence Act

The impact of the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA) proposed by the European Commission, and currently debated at the European Parliament (EP), has been underestimated in the United States. With approximately …

The Elusive European Peace

Peace on the European continent is threatened once more. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, populism on the rise, and multiple factors undermining the postwar European integration project and challenging the …

Episode 60: Economic Headwinds—U.S. and German Responses to Russia’s War in Ukraine, Energy Transition, and Inflation

While the U.S. and German governments successfully adopted expansionary fiscal policies to deal with massive economic disruptions brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic, they are now faced with new …

A G7 Climate Club to Booster Transatlantic Relations?

Since January, Germany has held the presidency of the Group of 7 (G7). In line with its own national priorities, the German government announced ambitious climate policy goals for its …