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Playing to One’s Strengths: The Implicit Division of Labor in U.S. and EU Climate Diplomacy

At the end of 2016, the transatlantic policy community is in a state of flux. New leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have assumed office—or will do so soon—and …

The Long-Term Impact of the U.S. Elections on the German-American Relationship

The U.S. election is over, but with regard to the future of German-American cooperation, it has provided more questions than answers. German policymakers, like their counterparts around the world, are …

A Role for Business in Post-Conflict Societies

Which actors contribute to the stabilization of post-conflict societies—and how—is a question of utmost importance. Scholars and practitioners alike have argued that economic interdependencies and economic well-being is a beneficial …

A Hinge Moment for Transatlantic Relations

After the events of 2016, the future of the transatlantic relationship at times seems tenuous, fraught with national interests and publics that seem tired of looking beyond one’s own borders. …

With Trump, the U.S. Foreign Policy Framework is at Risk

Now that president-elect Donald Trump has selected his national security team, what course will he set? In a recent interview Henry Kissinger, the US secretary of state in the 1970s, …

U.S. Deradicalization Needs Trump Simplistic Approaches to Jihadi Dilemmas

In mid-November 2016, Minnesota U.S. District Judge Mike Davis handed down sentences to nine defendants, all young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis, who earlier this year were convicted of supporting ISIL. Davis’ …

Populist Political Wave in the UK and in the U.S.: On Brexit and Trump’s Economic Policy

2016 As a Special Year for the UK and the U.S. The UK experienced a rather surprising victory by the supporters of Brexit—i.e., those in favor of the UK leaving …

The Fear of Misperception: The Interdependency of Social Media and Elections

When President Barack Obama met with Chancellor Angela Merkel on November 17, 2016, the two leaders cautioned against the fake news appearing on social media platforms and the disruptions it …

Trump’s World

Donald Trump has tapped anger over eroding middle class income, loss of identity, and anti-establishment fervor in a campaign of anger that won the Electoral College vote and the presidency …

Don’t Shut the Blinds: Now is the time for more, not less transatlantic exchange!

Waking up on November 9 to the news of Donald Trump’s victory was a shock—not just for the progressive side of American politics, but also for the vast majority of …

Can the Transatlantic Relationship Survive the Populist Storm?

I feel lucky that my career has taken place during a dynamic period in the relationship between the U.S. and Europe.  I started college as the Reagan presidency was ending, …

The Voices from Below: Who is Civil Society?

In its most basic sense, civil society is an analytical concept denoting a domain of collective life above the individual but below the state, in which people voluntarily come together …