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The U.S. Presidential Election and the Outlook for Transatlantic Relations

This article is part of a new Berenberg-AICGS report, “Die Amerikanische Präsidentschaftswahl,” released on October 14, 2020. An Evolving Transatlantic Relationship: From Bilateral to Global Until the election of Donald …

Nord Stream 2: Berlin-Washington Mutual Intransigence Shows Transatlantic Divide on Russia

Nord Stream 2: Allies’ Crisis Two decades of Washington-Berlin collisions over the Nord Stream 1 and now the Nord Stream 2 pipelines have come to crisis. The U.S. Congress stopped …

Ami Goes Home

The announcement by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirming the removal of 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany marks the end of an era. Over 12 million American service personnel and …

Jeff Rathke on Trump’s Decision to Move Troops from Germany in CNN Politics

AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses the Trump administration’s recent decision to pull nearly 12,000 troops from Germany, nothing that removing troops removes them from, “the best place from which they …

Episode 29: German-American Relations in 2020

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Peter Beyer, Member of the Bundestag and Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the German Federal Foreign Office, talks with Jeff Rathke about the broad …

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, …

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 discusses U.S. troop withdrawal from Germany with Washington Post

AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses President Trump’s plan to withdraw one-third of U.S. troops stationed in Germany with The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung. He notes, “For those who think this …

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 …

The Trump Peace Plan: Can Europe Look Beyond Oslo?

On January 28, 2020, U.S. president Donald Trump released his administration’s Peace to Prosperity plan for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The document envisions a fragmented, demilitarized Palestinian state …

Between German Pragmatism and “America First”: Democrats’ Foreign Policy in the 2020 Presidential Campaign

In the final weeks of 2019, The New York Times conducted video interviews with seven of the Democratic candidates for president, who were asked a series of questions on a …

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 …

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