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Rethinking European Security: Strategic Implications of Brexit and Trump’s Victory

The future European security architecture will be decided on two questions: Will the EU and the UK choose the path of a hard line to demonstrate EU unity on the …

Obama and Merkel in Berlin: News Roundup

President Obama made his final trip overseas as president this week, meeting with his trusted partner, German chancellor Angela Merkel.  AICGS has compiled a brief reading list of news from the …

The Road to China: Challenges, Opportunities, and Partnership for the Next U.S. President

As the 2016 U.S. presidential election edges closer, China sits prominently on the short list of America’s biggest problems for millions of voters heading to the polls. Both the Democratic …

After Obama: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

On January 20 2017, President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump will inherit Barack Obama’s legacy, just as Mr Obama still uses George W Bush’s tenure as a reference for …

The U.S.-German Security Partnership in Afghanistan: Lessons for Future Missions and the Role of Germany in the Alliance

Military and civilian reconstruction engagement in Afghanistan has had a significant impact on U.S.-German relations. Whilst the United States and overall NATO engagements have received much attention in international media …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Coalition Challenges in Afghanistan: The Politics of Alliance

The war in Afghanistan is notable for two major things: it is the longest war in American history, and it has enjoyed as many accomplishments as it has been beset …

Reaching a New Normalcy? Germany’s “New Responsibility” in Security Affairs

 In 1920, U.S. presidential candidate Warren G. Harding coined the word “normalcy” in reference to the end of the U.S.’ first major foreign military engagement and a return to concentration …

The Unwinding: Reflections on the Munich Security Conference

The cauldron of crises on display at the recent Munich Security Conference may have been familiar to some who have been engaged in transatlantic relations over the past fifty years. After all, the post-World War II era was marked by conflicts overshadowed …

Afghanistan: A Difficult Year Ahead

Afghanistan will confront and challenge Germany in the coming year. It will require close collaboration between the United States and Germany as well as the coalition allies, as the ability …

A Security Agenda for the German-American Relationship

The shorter-term security agenda for the German-American relationship this year is likely to focus on the intertwined crises of ISIS, Syria, and refugees.  We should expect more ISIS-inspired or directed …

A New Assertiveness? Germany wades into the Syrian conflict with vote for anti-ISIS military mission

Introduction Three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris, the German Bundestag approved a military deployment to provide protection, reconnaissance, and logistics to the military campaign against the Islamic State, …

Germany ‘s Continuing Strategic Struggle

Germany is a Rechtsstaat—a country anchored in law. The German constitution, or Basic Law, is a mirror of German thinking about its democracy, just as the U.S. constitution reflects American …