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Episode 72: Germany’s Foreign Policy Reorientation—A Zeitenwende Conversation with Roderich Kiesewetter MdB

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke sits down with Roderich Kiesewetter, ranking member of the CDU/CSU faction in the Foreign Relations Committee of the German Bundestag, …

The Grand Failure

Grand New Beginning? February 24, 2022, will go down in history as a watershed moment for Europe and not the least for Germany. The day Russia invaded Ukraine spelled the …

Episode 67: Will Germany’s Zeitenwende Stick?

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared a “Zeitenwende,” a historic turning point for Germany’s security and defense policy. Scholz pledged to set up an …

Angela Merkel’s Russia Legacy

A Tightrope Walker Reaches the End of the Rope Former Chancellor Angela Merkel made her first public appearance since leaving the Chancellery recently with an extended interview in the famed …

Nicole Koenig, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Nicole Koenig as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from May through June 2022. She is Deputy Director of the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School …

Episode 56: War in Ukraine: How are the United States and its NATO Allies Responding?

A Conversation with Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Russia’s war in Ukraine has entered a new phase, after the Ukrainian forces’ spirited and effective resistance forced Russia …

Episode 55: Russia’s War on Ukraine and Europe’s Response

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, joins AICGS President Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish, Director of AICGS Geoeconomics Program. …

Why the German Paradigm Shift on Russia Is (Probably) Bound to Last

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a Zeitenwende—a “change of times.” The term entails the double meaning of an era ending and a paradigm …

Jeff Rathke in Foreign Policy on Germany’s Dramatic Strategic Shift

AICGS President Jeff Rathke’s recent piece, “Putin Accidentally Started a Revolution in Germany” was published in Foreign Policy on Sunday. He analyzes rapidly changing foreign policy positions in the Scholz government …

Episode 52: A Turning Point in Germany’s Policy toward Russia?

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine to redraw the post-Cold-War order in Europe. Russia’s aggression has drawn global condemnation and prompted Western governments to impose more severe economic sanctions …

The End of Europe as We Know It?

Germany’s Obligation to Reinforce Europe’s Political-Security Order Just a few days ago in Munich, Western leaders proudly proclaimed their solidarity in the Russia crisis and their resolve to impose massive …

Germany’s Opportunity

Well before Chancellor Scholz was on his way to Washington to meet President Biden on February 7, he knew there would be a lot of uncomfortable questions confronting him. Germany …

Averting War in Ukraine

Germany is Needed Strengthening military deterrence in Europe is the surest way to avert war—or at least to minimize the damage Putin’s armies can do and their prospect for success. …

German Chancellor’s Visit Tests Biden’s Bet on Berlin and Scholz’s Leadership Aspirations

Olaf Scholz’s first visit to the U.S. as German Chancellor February 7 will be a test for the German leader and for his U.S. host, President Joe Biden. At stake …