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The Transatlantic Relationship in a World at Sea: Navigating the Partnership for the Next Decade

As the 2020 presidential election draws closer, both pundits and politicians, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, have repeatedly termed it “the most important election of our lives.” Superlatives are …

Lily Gardner Feldman on Reparations as Part of Reconciliation

AICGS Senior Fellow Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman recently spoke with Quartz about the German experience of confronting the past. The article notes, “If the German example can teach it anything, …

Episode 32: Global Trade and Economic Dynamics

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Mike Froman, Chairman of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and U.S. Trade Representative during the Obama administration, joins AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter …

Nord Stream 2: Berlin-Washington Mutual Intransigence Shows Transatlantic Divide on Russia

Nord Stream 2: Allies’ Crisis Two decades of Washington-Berlin collisions over the Nord Stream 1 and now the Nord Stream 2 pipelines have come to crisis. The U.S. Congress stopped …

Hard part is just beginning

Chancellor Helmut Kohl was fond of recalling how, before choosing 3 October 1990 as the official date for German reunification, he first checked with the weather bureau. He wanted a …

The Central Council of Jews in Germany: A Success Story Against All Odds

The Central Council of Jews in Germany (Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland) turned seventy this summer. Founded in Frankfurt in July 1950, the Central Council represents the interest of the …

German Reunification: New Possibilities, New Perspectives, and Our Future Now In Our Hands

The “Wende” and finally the termination of the GDR turned the world upside down for the people in eastern Germany. On the one hand, it changed their daily lives in …

Looking Back at German Reunification Thirty Years Later

Germans have long contrasted the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 with the much more sober formal reunification of East and West Germany in October 1990. The fall …

The Berlin Republic at Thirty: Neither Bonn or Weimar

Rene Fritz Alleman, a Swiss journalist, wrote a book with a famous title at the beginning of West Germany’s history in 1956, Bonn ist nicht Weimar. As the Federal Republic …

Gearing Up for the Post-Merkel Era

While Americans are consumed with the upcoming election on November 3, Germans are only starting to look ahead to their election next fall. These two elections will be critically important …

Jeff Rathke on Virtual UN Diplomacy

AICGS President Jeff Rathke comments to the AP’s Ted Anthony on this week’s UN General Assembly and the limitation of virtual diplomacy, saying, “There’s subtlety that’s lost, and you also …

Germany Needs to Consider Military AI

In November 2019, the German federal government published an interim report, updating the public about Germany’s one year of artificial intelligence (AI) progress since the launch of its national AI …

Munich’s Lessons for U.S. Airports

Most airport travel in the United States is less than pleasant. A typical experience may include long waits in drab and uninviting corridors, a greasy pre-flight fast food meal, and …

Jeff Rathke on How U.S. Election Could Affect European Politics in The Washington Times

AICGS President Jeff Rathke tells The Washington Times that, “You’ll have the outsiders feeling like they’re back on the move again because Donald Trump pulled off another victory in the …