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Wolfgang Bretschneider, AGSR Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Wolfgang Bretschneider as an AICGS/GMF Fellow with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in February-March 2018. Dr. Wolfgang Bretschneider is an economist at both …

Pick Your Fights Wisely: The Value of Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation

Chancellor Merkel’s recent visit to Washington, DC, created a number of quite remarkable moments that will be remembered as they marked a new tone in transatlantic relations. Not least, the …

Danke Kamera! How Germany Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Video Surveillance

On October 27 at a subway station in the Berlin hipster neighborhood of Neukölln, a group of young men walked aggressively past a young woman slowly making her way down …

Notizen Weekly for January 6, 2017

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Trump’s planned tariff on GM would violate NAFTA (Bloomberg) Deutsche Bahn plans to expand “Silk …

Notizen Weekly for December 16, 2016

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out (The Local Germany) Germany considers …

New Cyberattacks in Germany: The Elephant Is Already in The Room

The Romans were shouting “Hannibal at the gates” when the famous general from Carthage tried to conquer their city with elephants in 218 BC. Today’s cyber-warriors and cyber-criminals are already …

Surveillance in the cyber sphere: In an age of terror, should privacy always be negotiable?

Hours after the Orlando shooting, the world knew where Omar Mateen had taken his cell phone in the days and months before the massacre. To Disney World with his son, …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Dark Territory

The world of cybersecurity is a complicated maze of technology, politics, and policy, a constant competition among those who would harness all of them for good and/or ill. It is …

The New Head of Germany’s Foreign Intelligence Agency BND: A Noticeable Shift in Germany’s Internal Security Policy

Quite surprisingly, last Wednesday the German Chancellery confirmed the removal of Gerhard Schindler as president of the German Foreign Intelligence Agency (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND). Schindler will be officially replaced by Bruno …

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 …

Capability, Reciprocity, and Luck

With a mixture of capability, reciprocity, and pure luck, Germany has so far avoided a Jihadi terrorist attack (with the exception of a “lone wolf” killing of two American soldiers …

EU/U.S. Data Transfers: New Privacy Shield – How Does It Look and What Happens Next?

The EU is acting at breakneck speed to fill the legal gap that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) created in October, invalidating the Safe Harbor Agreement for EU/U.S. data …

Coping with Crises: Refugees, Russia, and Responsibilities

The mass assaults against women that occurred in Cologne and elsewhere on New Year’s Eve have reverberated all over Germany and indeed well beyond. The fact that most of the …

New German Cybersecurity (BSI) Act:Ready for the Next Cyber War?  

As do many other countries, Germany struggles to find the right balance between privacy and cybersecurity. It is a balancing act on many fronts. The German government has suggested a …