AGI

Defense Policy

Reset

Cluster Headache

What one headline from Munich reveals about Germany a year into the war in Ukraine The 2023 Munich Security Conference produced several significant storylines. In general, Western leaders demonstrated unity …

Self-Assurance—To What End?

Many commentators have concluded that this year’s Munich Security Conference was mostly about the West’s self-assurance. The gathering’s motto (Re:vision) points in a similar direction insomuch as the authors of …

AGI Profiles: Boris Pistorius

Federal Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius currently serves as the German Federal Minister of Defense. Appointed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on January 17, 2023, Pistorius succeeded Christine Lambrecht following her …

Feet to the Fire

Critique, Accountability, and Evolution in Germany’s Emerging Security Policy Debate If, after his Zeitenwende speech on February 27, Chancellor Olaf Scholz believed he had done enough to cement his legacy …

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 …

AGI provides knowledge, insights, and networks as tools to solve the challenges ahead.

Support Our Work

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/AGI Research Fellow

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

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

AGI 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 …

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. …