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Closing the Gap: Can Europe’s Economy Finally Catch Up with the U.S.?

The year 2016 has been characterized by growing uncertainty about the strength of the global economy: uncertainty about the ability of emerging markets—and especially China—to successfully address cyclical and structural …

Prioritizing the Partnership: German-American Relations and the 45th President

Foreign policy issues are usually not the driving force behind election campaigns. Compared with the high-pitched debate over domestic issues, only the most pressing foreign policy concerns become part of the public discussion. Yet the upcoming U.S. elections …

In God We Trust…All Others Have to Qualify

“In God We Trust,” that phrase enshrined on American currency, may be the only certainty in an era when trust is severely lacking in the government printing that money. And …

The Obama Security Strategy and Beyond: Implications for Germany and Europe

Barack Obama’s final year in office is one with the world in upheaval. It is also the year that will shape the security strategy for the next U.S. president. This …

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: A Briefing Note

This Issue Brief is the result of a conference co-hosted by AICGS, the Center for International Security and Governance (CISG), and the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre Praktischer Politik …

Scouting the Land for Opportunities: Issues and Challenges in Refugee Workforce Integration in Germany and the United States

March 13 saw strong voter support in three German state elections for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party. Fueled by continuing waves of incoming refugees, anxiety is building in …

Privacy Shield for U.S. Data Transfers: Back to the Drawing Board

The European Commission may need to revise the draft proposal to meet the concerns expressed by the Article 29 Working Party. On 29 February 2016, the European Commission published a …

Transatlantic Traffic Jams

When the hundreds of government officials and international organization leaders make their way to Washington for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, an explosion of …

U.S. Immigration Policies Meet Criticism

In the United States, state-level immigration reform is seeing progress.  Undocumented immigrants in New York state will now be able to apply for teacher certification and professional licenses from the …

EU/U.S. Data Flows: New Privacy Shield List

U.S. Data Importers Need to Understand What They Are Getting Into. There was a resounding call for action by regulators and industry and the legal documents are now out in …

Lifting the Refugee Burden

Americans have become increasingly alarmed by events in Europe. The euro crisis was averted, but euro zone economies continue to face sluggish growth. Political parties throughout the continent question the …

The Unwinding: Reflections on the Munich Security Conference

The cauldron of crises on display at the recent Munich Security Conference may have been familiar to some who have been engaged in transatlantic relations over the past fifty years. After all, the post-World War II era was marked by conflicts overshadowed …