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Germany’s Priority Is Keeping the European Union Together: This Is Fundamentally in the U.S.’ Interest

In a widely-read interview with the German daily tabloid Bild just days before his inauguration, Donald Trump called the British decision to leave the EU “smart,” and predicted that other …

Pick Your Fights Wisely: The Value of Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation

Chancellor Merkel’s recent visit to Washington, DC, created a number of quite remarkable moments that will be remembered as they marked a new tone in transatlantic relations. Not least, the …

Re-Invest in the Transatlantic Bargain

It is no secret that the United States shoulders the lion’s share of NATO’s defense spending. This was true during the Cold War, where the U.S. funded roughly one-half of …

Germany’s Population is Growing and Changing as It Adjusts to New Realities

In January, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) announced that the country’s population is likely growing again—a direct result of an increase in immigration since 2012.  The latest preliminary survey results indicate …

Standing United: The Women’s March on Washington

President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks made during the 2016 campaign, such as calling a former Miss Universe winner “Miss Piggy” or alluding to a female reporter’s menstrual cycle, have caused …

Despite Trump, Germany Should Not Fall for “Equidistance”

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has sent shockwaves through Berlin. Among others, Trump’s sympathetic gestures toward Russia put Germany in an awkward …

Trump’s Potential Upheaval to Israel Policy

On December 15, 2016, President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated his former bankruptcy lawyer, David Friedman, to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel. The prospective appointment reiterates for the nth time …

Repercussions of Brexit Probably Won’t Occur in Time to Dissuade Other Anti-EU Voters

2016 has seen significant upheaval and sets the stage for an even bumpier 2017. Leading up to national elections in several major European economies—Germany, France, the Netherlands, and potentially Italy—voters …

The Power of the Young?

Populist parties and governments have gained in popularity in many countries across the world in recent months. Their success is in part based on citizens’ fear of globalization, immigrants, loss …

The Long-Term Impact of the U.S. Elections on the German-American Relationship

The U.S. election is over, but with regard to the future of German-American cooperation, it has provided more questions than answers. German policymakers, like their counterparts around the world, are …

A Role for Business in Post-Conflict Societies

Which actors contribute to the stabilization of post-conflict societies—and how—is a question of utmost importance. Scholars and practitioners alike have argued that economic interdependencies and economic well-being is a beneficial …

U.S. Deradicalization Needs Trump Simplistic Approaches to Jihadi Dilemmas

In mid-November 2016, Minnesota U.S. District Judge Mike Davis handed down sentences to nine defendants, all young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis, who earlier this year were convicted of supporting ISIL. Davis’ …