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Episode 36: The Politics of Drones and the Future of Germany’s Defense Policy

Germany has dramatically increased its defense spending since the wake-up call of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine – the 2020 defense budget is 40% greater …

The CDU – Finally! – Will Choose Its New Leader

But Will the Winner Make Way for Markus Söder as Chancellor Candidate? The slow-motion departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters a new phase this weekend, as her Christian Democratic …

Germany: A Different Kind of Democratic Dysfunctionality

Much recent discussion of the crisis of liberal democracy has focused on polarization. Polarization is widely – and rightly – seen as a threat to democracy. “If one thing is …

What the U.S. Can Learn from Germany’s Fate in the Covid-19 Crisis

For decades, many in Germany have envied the United States as a modern, efficiently governed democracy with a more flexible and more innovative economy than at home. This image has …

The 2021 Bundestag Election Year

One of the most consequential German elections in memory will take place on September 26, 2021, when a new Bundestag, a new coalition government, and a new chancellor will be …

Trump, Merkel, and Putin

Lessons and Legacies for Transatlantic Cooperation toward Russia Following Russia’s actions against Ukraine in 2014, Germany and the United States cooperated extensively to put into place an effective transatlantic response …

AICGS Chairman Martin Richenhagen Interviewed by Deutschlandfunk

Martin Richenhagen, AICGS Chairman, was recently interviewed by the Deutschlandfunk Kultur show, “Im Gespräch.” The wide-ranging interview (in German), accompanied by an article, “From Religion Teacher to CEO,” (also in …

Spatial Inequality and Populist Voting in Germany and the United States

Although having lost the U.S. presidential election, the number of votes won by populist president Donald J. Trump still exceeded many expectations. Similarly, the populist German party Alternative für Deutschland …

Europe’s Digital Autonomy and Potentials of a U.S.-German Alignment toward China

Download Publication A concerted response to China’s growing digital power is one of the most critical policy issues requiring U.S.-German coordination during the Biden administration. While approaches to cybersecurity are …

The Albrecht Brothers and the Rise of a Global Retail Behemoth

Few supermarket chains are as ubiquitous or as popular as Aldi with 2,031 stores in the United States and over 11,000 stores worldwide. The store’s founders, the brothers Karl and …

Jeff Rathke Joins Deutsche Welle to Discuss U.S.-Germany Military Policy

AICGS President Jeff Rathke joined Deutsche Welle’s The Day with Phil Gayle last Friday to comment on the National Defense Authorization Act as well as the bipartisan effort from Congress …

Episode 35: The Christian Democratic Union after Merkel: The Race for CDU Chairmanship and the 2021 Federal Election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not stand for re-election when voters go to the polls on September 26, 2021. Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is one of the most successful …

Guido Goldman: Transatlantic Bridge-Builder

This week began sadly with the news that Guido Goldman passed away at age 83. Guido was known to so many in the transatlantic community as an institution-builder: at Harvard’s …

President Biden: Think Bigger and Broader with Berlin

Is the United States Germany’s strategic rival? Germany is the fourth-largest economy in the world, a leading liberal democratic power, the core state in the European Union, an active NATO ally, and …