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From the AICGS Bookshelf: Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Just as we confront the sudden current challenges in Ukraine, an analysis of the ongoing confrontation with Iran over its nuclear strategies appears to highlight both the possibilities and limits …

Putin planning ‘Soviet Union lite’

Past AICGS Fellow Ulrich Speck cannot emphasize enough that the outcome of Russia’s operations in Crimea will be profoundly important for the future of international order. In his recent opinion …

Ukraine: Another Test for Europe – and the United States

Europe has seen many moments marked as a “major passage.” Most of them are self proclaimed, but one was suggested by an American. Forty-one years ago–then Secretary of State–Henry Kissinger …

What the West Must Do for Ukraine

After a watershed series of events in Ukraine that saw President Yanukovych fleeing Kiev, the country is on the road to a new government, yet also in a precarious position …

The “Culture of Restraint” Is No More

A pretty, elegant blond with sharp features and an even sharper mind could become the face of Germany’s new role in the world. Just weeks ago, she had no idea …

Surprise out of Germany

Although Chancellor Angela Merkel’s selection of the previous Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, as Minister of Defense last month was a huge surprise—especially to her …

Germany Emphasizes Eastern Europe’s Independence

After Ukraine’s recent turn toward Russia, Germany has stepped up to remind Eastern Europe and Russia that these states have the independence to choose their own allegiances. Writing in a …

German Hard Power: Is There a There There?

Past Fellow Dr. Patrick Keller writes that, although German military power has come a long way since the beginning of the 1990s, domestic publics have put up obstacles that will …

Raised expectations: The Berlin Republic and its ability to act internationally

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger speaks to the future of German foreign and security policy with light on Germany’s responsibilities in the international community. Chairman of the Munich Security Conference as well …

Gestiegene Erwartungen: Die Berliner Republik und ihre internationale Handlungsfähigkeit

Botschafter Wolfgang Ischinger ist Vorsitzender der Münchener Sicherheitskonferenz sowie Mitglied des AICGS Kuratorium. Seine Rede „Hauptstadtrede“, die er am 26. September bei einer Veranstaltung der Stiftung Zukunft Berlin im Allianz …

Reflexive Security Policy as an Anti-Hegemonic Recipe

In his recent research article, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann analyzes the long-debated struggle that is Germany as a growing regional power with internal and external voices both seeking and …

Square Pegs and Round Holes: Syria and Strategic Culture

In what seems like a miracle of casual diplomacy, President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to turn over chemical weapons to the international community. Still, we can hardly call this a …