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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 …

Nicole Koenig, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

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

Episode 56: War in Ukraine: How are the United States and its NATO Allies Responding?

A Conversation with Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Russia’s war in Ukraine has entered a new phase, after the Ukrainian forces’ spirited and effective resistance forced Russia …

Episode 52: A Turning Point in Germany’s Policy toward Russia?

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine to redraw the post-Cold-War order in Europe. Russia’s aggression has drawn global condemnation and prompted Western governments to impose more severe economic sanctions …

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 …

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. …

German Chancellor’s Visit Tests Biden’s Bet on Berlin and Scholz’s Leadership Aspirations

Olaf Scholz’s first visit to the U.S. as German Chancellor February 7 will be a test for the German leader and for his U.S. host, President Joe Biden. At stake …

Episode 51: Why Does Russia Want to Roll Back Europe’s Political and Security Architecture?

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke and AICGS Trustee Ambassador John Kornblum discuss the growing threat to European security and the post-Cold War security architecture resulting …

Episode 48: The Future of Germany’s Security and Defense Policy

Germany is essential to transatlantic security, a fact that grows more important with rising security challenges in Europe. Berlin’s allies have long called on the country to play a bigger …

Berlin and Washington Revive Their Defense Partnership

Will Germany’s Next Government Address its Defense Spending Dilemma? German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visited Washington on June 30, developing Germany’s emerging role as one of the Biden administration’s most …

The Future of Transatlantic Security

Bolstering the Transatlantic Partnership: What do we expect from each other? The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Defence hosted a workshop …

President Biden: Think Bigger and Broader with Berlin

Is the United States Germany’s strategic rival? Germany is the fourth-largest economy in the world, a leading liberal democratic power, the core state in the European Union, an active NATO ally, and …

The Transatlantic Relationship in a World at Sea: Navigating the Partnership for the Next Decade

As the 2020 presidential election draws closer, both pundits and politicians, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, have repeatedly termed it “the most important election of our lives.” Superlatives are …

Episode 31: How Ike Led: A Conversation with Susan Eisenhower

Germany was a part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s life from his earliest days—his family descended from German immigrants and lived in a tight-knit, pious community in Kansas.  As Supreme …