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President Trump’s trade war, launched without a strategy to win it, is backfiring

President Donald Trump has told us that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” He seems to have thought that just threatening to impose tariffs would bring other countries to their …

Ending the U.S. Trade Deficit with Europe: Inevitable, or Unnecessary?

“If something cannot go on forever it will stop.” – Herbert Stein, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers 1972-74 When seeking to understand U.S. trade policy toward …

Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders

The AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. …

Second Roundtable Looks at Role of Private Sector and Civil Society in Attribution

Defense and tech experts from the United States and Germany gathered in the conference room of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC, on May 23 to …

Third Transatlantic Cyber Dialogue Stresses Value of New Information Sharing Venues

Ten German and ten American policymakers met at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC, on May 24 to continue work on cybersecurity proposals to strengthen the …

Understanding the U.S. from the American-German Situation Room

In early 2018, we spent four weeks as fellows of the American-German Situation Room (AGSR) in Washington, DC and New York City. The objective of our visit to the AGSR …

Digital Propaganda Working Group Outcomes

The U.S. and German participants agreed on common principles, such as securing the free democratic order on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as stabilizing and shaping a common …

Cyber Defense Working Group Outcomes

Information-sharing—for example on attribution for a cyber intrusion, potential cyber threats, or indicators of compromise—can happen between Germany and the United States best if it stays on the operational and …

The Imprint of Trumpism: Exploring Conservative America

Any effort to understand change in complex societies like the U.S. or Germany is a challenge for the foreign observer. One is tempted to employ frameworks that may not fit …

Mitigating the Adjustment Costs of International Trade

About the publication: The evidence demonstrating that nations gain from trade is overwhelming. However, trade liberalization can cause disruption to firms and workers, and its gains and losses are spread …

The Story of Bert Reiner, the Toy Maker, or: An Appreciation of the Individual Experiences of Former Shanghai Jewish Refugees

During the 1983 Christmas season, Coleco Industries, Inc. took the world by storm with a novel concept for a doll:  Each doll was unique and would be adopted by a …

Deepening the Transatlantic Dialogue on Financial Regulation

Are Our Financial Systems Sound and Stable? Since the reform overhauls following the crisis in 2008, experts have agonized about the question whether financial systems across the Atlantic are sound …

What’s next for the West?

Crises are not new to the transatlantic relationship — the Iraq war and the financial crisis seriously tested the alliance — but things are much worse this time around. Featuring …

Teachers as “Civil Ambassadors” for German-American Dialogue and Understanding

Public debate about the transatlantic partnership on the civil society level and programs to foster international understanding often focus on the potential of the younger generations. In the present situation, …