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Understanding the German Electoral System

German voters will go to the polls on September 26th to elect a new lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. Although each one of these elections held every four years …

AICGS President Jeff Rathke Joins CNAS Podcast “Brussels Sprouts”

President of AICGS Jeff Rathke was recently a guest on the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) podcast, “Brussels Sprouts.” Along with Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, and Cathryn Clüver, …

The Reinvention of State Services?

The Role of Organizational Purpose for Publicly Owned Companies in Germany Purpose is one of the key concepts of our time when it comes to a new entrepreneurial understanding. Companies …

AICGS Experts Preview Merkel’s Visit to Washington

Securing a Transatlantic Legacy Jeff Rathke, President Chancellor Merkel makes her last official visit to Washington just weeks before the September 26 Bundestag election will punctuate her path-breaking career as …

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Legacy on Engagement with China?

AICGS Asks: What legacy does Angela Merkel leave on Germany and Europe’s position toward China? Noah Barkin German Marshall Fund of the United States When assessing Angela Merkel’s foreign policy …

AICGS-KAS Transatlantic Trade Week

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung collaborated on a series of online events examining three areas for U.S.-EU trade policy cooperation. These …

Berlin and Washington Revive Their Defense Partnership

Will Germany’s Next Government Address its Defense Spending Dilemma? German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visited Washington on June 30, developing Germany’s emerging role as one of the Biden administration’s most …

Weimar and Beyond

LGBTQ Representation in Media and Memory There was once a dream that was Berlin. Weimar Berlin was a reaction, a rebellion against a world in floundering turmoil. This moment’s tragic …

Expanding the Transatlantic Toolbox for Economic and Strategic Competition with China

Export Control, Foreign Subsidy Rules, and Investment Screening Download Publication The June 2021 G7 meeting in Cornwall, England ended with the issuance of a communique that reflected real progress in …

Book Review: “Between Containment and Rollback: The United States and the Cold War in Germany”

Sixty-eight years ago this week, thousands of Germans living in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) rebelled against their government and brought East Germany to the edge of collapse. That episode …

What Happens in Magdeburg Does not Stay in Magdeburg

Saxony-Anhalt’s 2021 Landtag Election In the weeks preceding Sunday’s elections for the Landtag in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, there was a rising sense of dread that the right-populist Alternative …

Russia and the German Elections

The recent hijacking of an EU civilian plane by the Lukashenko regime has brought into sharp focus the challenges which both the U.S. and Europe face in dealing with Russia. …