Transatlantic Cybersecurity Partnership

Bringing together leading cyber experts from Germany and the United States, the Transatlantic Cybersecurity Partnership discusses policies to address threats posed by cyber war and digital propaganda.

The Future of Norms in an Era of Cyber Wars

Germany and the United States face common threats by common actors to their national security. These include digital propaganda affecting the democratic process during elections as well as intrusions into …


The Future of War: War without Borders in the Cyber Realm

Threats in cyberspace pose enormous challenges to both national and international law. Specific threats on both sides of the Atlantic include foreign cyber intrusions into infrastructure affecting state and military …


Transatlantic Cybersecurity Partnership Experts’ Workshop

The Academy for Politics and Current Affairs of the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University have established a Transatlantic Cybersecurity …


A Democratic Response to Digital Disinformation: The Role of Civil Society

Numerous factors complicate efforts to combat digital disinformation, not the least of which is the near impossibility of establishing a universal set of standards that could define what is and …

Digital Propaganda and Cyber Threats: The Role of Politics and the State

Politics and the state are facing new challenges posed by digital propaganda and cyber threats since the obvious aim of those digital propaganda campaigns and cyberattacks is to undermine democracy, …

The Parliamentary View: Protecting Our Societies from Propaganda and Disinformation

Understanding Disinformation and Digital Propaganda Today’s interconnected societies have largely benefited from the Internet. The world-wide web enables unlimited information sharing, communication, and transactions. Some argue that data has replaced …

The War with Words – Digital Propaganda as a Multilateral, Multi-Perspective, and Multi-Stakeholder Challenge

Maxwell Aitken, the first Baron of Beaverbrook (1879-1964), was a successful Canadian-British businessman, a newspaper editor, and, even in younger years, an influential grey eminence in British politics. Given his …

Where Does Cyber Defense Stop and Offense Begin?

It is a well-known platitude that the Internet transcends national boundaries, just as it does domestic and foreign policy. However, when countless information technology (IT) networks are bound together in …

Critical Infrastructure Security, Resilience, and the Internet of Systems – A U.S. Perspective

Pervasive and still-growing global connectivity continues to shape and change our world, our economies, our societies, and many elements of human behavior. Along with devices and their software and applications, …

Regulation in the Cybersphere: International and National Debates

A new hack on the German Bundestag at the beginning of 2018 caused a sensation and again brought the explosive nature of cybersecurity policy challenges to the forefront of the …

Confidence Building in an Era of Distrust: Baby Steps Toward a Stronger Cyber Defense

In the era of distrust that has followed the Snowden revelations, changing administrations, and a transatlantic relationship that is publicly unraveling, “confidence building measures” (CBMs) is a loaded term. In …

Countering Threats Together in the Cybersphere

When the Internet was created, engineers, users, and even political decision-makers were full of idealism. Yet such benign uses of information and communication technology (ICT) are not the whole story. …

The Future of War?

Just as people expect government to defend the physical world, they also expect government to protect the cyber realm. Governments must have the means to hold criminals and non-state and …

War in the Cybersphere – The Polyvariant Threat Needs International Cooperation!

We live in highly complex times, in which the threats to our countries are more diffuse than ever before. Power blocs have given way to new, asymmetrical power relations of …

Moving Beyond Cyber Wars: A Transatlantic Dialogue

Policy Report 68 In January 2018, as the German government was trying to cobble together a coalition, and the U.S. government found itself in a shut down, ten Americans and …

Third Transatlantic Cyber Dialogue Stresses Value of New Information Sharing Venues

Ten German and ten American policymakers met at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC, on May 24 to continue work on cybersecurity proposals to strengthen the …

Digital Propaganda Working Group Outcomes

The U.S. and German participants agreed on common principles, such as securing the free democratic order on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as stabilizing and shaping a common …

Cyber Defense Working Group Outcomes

Information-sharing—for example on attribution for a cyber intrusion, potential cyber threats, or indicators of compromise—can happen between Germany and the United States best if it stays on the operational and …

Election Meddlers and Transatlantic Remedies

People whose Facebook profile yields matches for the key words Jesus, Christianity, Bible, Fox News Channel, very conservative, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Pence, Breitbart, and Mike Huckabee were targeted with digital …

In Second Cybersecurity Dialogue, Accountability and Capabilities Highlighted

“The United States is not afraid to call out countries and hold governments accountable,” U.S. Embassy Berlin’s Charge d’Affairs Kent Logsdon emphasized to the policymakers gathered in the Bavarian Representation …

Cybersecurity Risks Unify Old Partners in the Post-Alliance Era

In the frenzy of finger-pointing this month following the latest cyberattacks affecting Germany’s Foreign Office, one piece of good news remained largely buried. On December 19, 2017, the Germans were …

AICGS and the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung Launch the Transatlantic Cybersecurity Partnership

Leading cyber experts from Germany and the United States convened in Munich on January 24 to discuss the most pressing cybersecurity issues for transatlantic cooperation. Participants from the German Federal …

Project Description

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In the context of three meetings in Munich, Berlin, and Washington, DC, the working group of 10 American and 10 German policymakers will be discussing policies to address threats posed by cyber war and digital propaganda. These include digital propaganda affecting the democratic process during elections, and daily cyber security attacks that target government, military, and public service providers’ critical infrastructure. In addition, the national and international legal grey zone for many aspects of cybersecurity makes agreement between policymakers of both countries on cybersecurity norms critical. Cooperation between the private sector and government entities on best practices for ensuring cybersecurity is equally vital as tech firms have the cutting-edge ability to prevent and warn of cyberattacks.

The members of the working group are developing policy recommendations, which will be published and made available for both German and American policymakers as well as the general public. The Transatlantic Cybersecurity Partnership aims to:

  • improve information-sharing between the two countries on key cyber threats;
  • increase understanding between the private sector and government entities on best practices for ensuring cybersecurity;
  • expand the research on solutions to cybersecurity threats; and to
  • move the legislative and policy conversation in both countries to ensure budgets, standards, infrastructure, early warning, and risk management systems are in place to protect national and international security.


Sarah Lohmann
Dr. Sarah Lohmann is AICGS’ Senior Cyber Fellow based in Germany. She coordinates the Institute’s cyber projects, including the Transatlantic Cyber Partnership–which brings together U.S. and German policymakers from government, the military, the tech sector, and academia–to cooperate on cyber policy. Dr. Lohmann is an expert in the field of international relations, human rights, and security policy. With over a decade of experience in government and in the classroom, she offers a unique perspective as a well-traveled practitioner and policymaker who also delights in academia.

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