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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 …

Led From Behind

Understanding Germany’s Changing Russia Policy Since late 2021, with an ever more apparent threat of Russia invading Ukraine, NATO states increasingly sent military aid to Ukraine and signaled to Moscow …

Germany’s China and Russia Policy in the Election and Beyond

The new German government will have to revise and reshape the legacy of the Merkel era on Russia and China policies. It will have to balance the economic interests of …

German Turning Points

Past and Present When Chancellor Olaf Scholz took office three months ago, few expected that he would dramatically change the coordinates of German foreign and defense policy. But on February …

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

AICGS 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 …

Catherine the Great and the Limits of German Memory Culture

Catherine the Great. Yes, the eighteenth-century Russian Czarina, who was originally German, is back in the news. As reported by Katrin Bennhold in the New York Times, the former chair …

Olaf Scholz in Washington: AICGS Expert Analysis in the Media

On February 7, 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made an official visit to Washington, DC. It was his first since succeeding Angela Merkel in December 2021. Multiple major media outlets …

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. …

Kai Oppermann, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Dr. Kai Oppermann as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2021. Kai Oppermann is Professor of International Politics at the Chemnitz University of …

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s Foreign Policy Legacy?

AICGS Asks: What is Angela Merkel’s foreign policy legacy? Aylin Matlé Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Angela Merkel’s tenure will be remembered for the style rather than the substance of her chancellorship. Hers was …

Why Americans Should Care About the 2021 German Elections

In about two weeks, 60.4 million Germans will head to the polls to elect the new Bundestag and to determine the incoming chancellor. After sixteen years, Angela Merkel will see …

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