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Former AICGS Fellow Ralph Buehler Receives Award from Transportation Research Board

AICGS congratulates Ralph Buehler, associate professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia campus, on recently being awarded the “Best Paper on a Topic Addressing …

Energy and Security Risks: A Transatlantic Comparison

Cutting across policy areas, energy security decision-making has become a necessity in the twenty-first century. Having important consequences for climate and space policy, domestic and transatlantic debates over energy policy …

Looking Ahead: Opportunities for German Leadership

On the occasion of the AICGS 30th Anniversary Symposium in Berlin on June 12, 2013, Founding Director, Dr. Gerald Livingston, proposed a set of four core issues for Germany as a global leader. He argues that these issues avoid claims of hegemonic aspirations and therefore, are prime opportunities for whatever German government emerges after the September elections.

Court Vacates Disclosure of Payments Rule

On July 2, oil companies claimed a victory in the court case against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The rule that was …

The German Energy Transition – Issues and Perspectives

The term “Energiewende” has become a widely used and recognized way to describe the energy transformation currently underway within Germany. Following the disaster at Fukushima in 2011 that resulted from …

Steps to Creating a Bicycle-Friendly City

Did you know that there is approximately one bicycle trip taken in the U.S. for every twenty taken in Germany? AICGS Fellow and Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning …

Germany and the United States at Rio +20

In planning last week’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, organizers sought to bring together the public, private, and NGO sectors for a constructive dialogue on sustainability and …

Beyond Domestic Politics: Energy Policy in the Transatlantic Relationship

On June 18, Philipp Rösler, Chairman of the FDP and German Minister of Economics and Technology, opened a visit to Washington, DC, with a speech on the three issues at …

The Decentralization of the Electricity Grid-Mitigating Risk in the Energy Sector

Ms. Kirsten Verclas urges that nations such as the U.S. and Germany move to create more regional electricity grids to decrease vulnerability of their electricity supply. Centralized energy grids are …

Not in My Backyard: Communal Challenges to the Energiewende

In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, pollsters consistently found that a majority of Germans supported the closing of Germany’s remaining nuclear power plants. The anti-atomic sentiment culminated …

A Volkswagen “Pivot” toward China?

In 2011, Volkswagen AG (VW) delivered 2.3 million cars in China, accounting for 27 percent of its total sales by volume. The importance of the Chinese market to VW, coupled …

Energy Security Risk Assessment: A Transatlantic Comparison

Despite facing similar challenges, the United States and Germany continually diverge in their creation of energy policy. Mr. Aki Kachi argues that Germany pursues risk-averse energy policy, citing the nation’s …