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AICGS Chairman Martin Richenhagen Interviewed in Handelsblatt

Martin Richenhagen, AICGS Chairman, talks with Handelsblatt about the German-American relationship and the upcoming U.S. election as AICGS releases a new report outlining recommendations for the next U.S. administration. Read …

Enduring Partnership

Recommendations to the Next U.S. Administration for the German-American Relationship The United States and Germany have forged a unique partnership in the seventy-five years since the end of World War II, …

Is Germany Trolling Trump?

On May 29, 2020, Germany unveiled its motto for the country’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will begin on July 1 and last through the …

Richard Grenell: An American Ambassador Leaves Berlin

In 1959, Eugene Burdick and William Lederer published a best-selling novel, The Ugly American.  It was a searing critique of the American professional diplomatic corps and the lack of cultural …

Jeff Rathke on G7 in Washington Post

AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision not to attend the G7 – and the later fallout – with The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan. He notes, “Merkel’s decision …

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A Strategic Outlook

Report of the International Security Forum 2019 The Forum noted that the global political climate today is marked by a new competitive edge in international politics, the rise of systemic …

Must Germany Take on More Global Political Responsibility in the Corona Crisis?

History shows that it is always outstanding personalities who shape events. For better or worse, they influence the dynamics and direction of events. This is also true now in view …

Stumbling US diplomacy flattens Washington’s influence curve

American diplomacy has faced a challenge from the start of President Trump’s administration — how to make his “America First” pledge an operational reality in a world that was oriented for …

Merkel Addresses German Public on Coronavirus: Will Her Efforts to Steel Domestic Solidarity Pave the Way for Ambitious German Actions?

Chancellor Merkel spoke directly to the German public in prime time on March 18, the first time she has delivered such an emergency address during her fourteen-plus years as chancellor. …

Yearning for Familiar Wine In Well-Known Bottles

Parsing the leitmotif of this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC)—Westlessness—is worth the effort as it does not merely equal semantic pondering. The term invented by the organizers of the MSC …

What the Next President Can Do to Save Our Alliances with Europe

The transatlantic relationship has suffered a series of near-fatal blows in recent years. President Trump has openly questioned America’s Article 5 commitment to defend any attacked NATO member, dubbed the …

Negotiating for the Future: Lessons for American Diplomacy from German Unification

With Robert Zoellick and Horst Teltschik On December 9, 2019, AICGS presented a lecture by Robert Zoellick on “Negotiating for the Future: Lessons for American Diplomacy from German Unification.” Mr. …

Thirty Years After the Fall: The Lessons of 2019

As we commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, one lingering question remains. Why were so many people shocked when it happened? We had enough warning. There was no reason …

Embarking on a New Path of Partnership: Thirty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Saturday, we mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  It was one of the most momentous political developments in a generation—the climax of the peaceful …