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Restoring Transatlantic Trust

Trust is above all other elements in international diplomacy, and the host of leaked U.S. electronic surveillance programs have sunk German-American relations lower than during the crisis over the Iraq …

The NSA Has Harmed Transatlantic Relations More Than Any al-Qaida Operative Could

States only have interests, and although even friends spy on each other, the NSA has applied its technological prowess without thought to the consequences. In short, post-9/11 paranoia has brought …

The U.S. and German Approach to Non-Proliferation: Influencing States’ Decisions to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear proliferation is not a diminishing problem; rather, it possesses an increasingly significant threat to global security in the twenty-first century. The United States and Germany are committed to the …

Bericht aus Berlin: Dr. Janes Comments on NSA

In a recent segment on ARD, “NSA Wiretapping Scandal: How Disgusted are Germans Allowed to Be?” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes comments (starting at 3:45) on the personal dynamics of …

Merkel’s American Minders

American credibility has reached all time lows, as mounting revelations depict the U.S. attitude toward even allies as mistrusting. Commenting that this “serious transatlantic rift [comes] at a time when …

I Find the Issue Exceedingly Embarrassing

Interviewing with Deutschlandfunk, AICGS Trustee and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Kornblum gave context to the growing revelations of U.S. surveillance in Germany and around the world. In light …

The Case of Iran Teaches the EU a Lesson in Global Leadership

After a decade of nuclear talks, a deal between Iran and the international community may finally be in sight. However, what if the compromise found at the negotiation table falls …

German Hard Power: Is There a There There?

Past Fellow Dr. Patrick Keller writes that, although German military power has come a long way since the beginning of the 1990s, domestic publics have put up obstacles that will …

German-American Relations since 1990: No Future for Germany’s Past?

Germany’s reluctance to play a leadership role and to use military force is often explained with the continued impact of the collective memory of the Nazi period in contemporary Germany. …

German Unity Day: President Gauck Speaks on Freedom

Marking twenty-three years of one Germany, President Joachim Gauck emphasized German citizens’ and policymakers’ responsibilities both domestically and internationally during his speech in Stuttgart on October 3, 2013. This speech …

Reflexive Security Policy as an Anti-Hegemonic Recipe

In his recent research article, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann analyzes the long-debated struggle that is Germany as a growing regional power with internal and external voices both seeking and …