Security & Defense


New Ground for Cooperation: The Arab Spring as a Turning Point for EU-Turkey Relations

Though politicians use the word “historic” in a fairly inflationary way, there is no better terminology for describing what the international community is witnessing in the Middle East and North …

The Question of Military Action Against Iran – Of Busted Bunker Hopes and Short Fuses

Iran’s nuclear ambitions – and the West’s response – are analyzed by Non-Resident Fellow Dorle Hellmuth.

Germany in Europe – From Vanguard to Laggard and Back Again?

Commenting on German foreign policy is hampered by the fact that this is a moving target,[1] today more so than ever,  To complicate things further, the target not only moves …

European Energy Security: A New Pattern of External Stability and Internal Risks

This essay examines recent developments in European energy policy and analyzes improvements and shortcomings of energy security, primarily in the field of fossil fuels. It argues that Europe has successfully addressed some external energy security risks, the gravest problems of energy security currently originate inside Europe itself due to insufficient funding of necessary infrastructure projects.

Controversy over German Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

In a highly controversial move, the German parliament has agreed to sell 200 Leopard II tanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While Germany has claimed to have consulted the …

Politics of Dilemma: Turkish and EU Approaches Toward Syria

As Turkey continues to push for membership in the EU, many factors play a role in whether or not its acceptance will take hold. In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS …

German Security Policy on the Move – Challenges In and Post Afghanistan

In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Pia Niedermeier writes that Germany has arguably changed policy amid domestic and international constraints and has become an active partner in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan despite prior reservations. Ms. Niedermeier contends that two main challenges remain for German-American relations and Germany’s role in the transatlantic alliance in and beyond this mission – a narrative gap and a strategic gap – which need to be addressed to ensure that all sides are on the same page for future missions.

The Benefits of Reviving Transatlantic Armaments Cooperation

During the Cold War, Germany and the U.S. fostered close arms cooperation and development. Yet, after German unification, Germany focused on developing and procuring armament systems either domestically or within …

The Idea of the European Union as an Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice: Exploring the Europeanization of Germany’s Domestic Security Policy

DAAD/AICGS Fellow Ms. Constance Baban explores the impact of the idea of the European Union as an area of freedom, security, and justice on Germany’s domestic security policy in the context of 9/11, and how the challenges of ‘Europeanization’ have been confronted within Germany’s security policy debate. Ms. Baban discusses actual changes in domestic security policy, but also focuses on the political and media discourse and how this has affected the outcome of several security policies since 9/11.

Soundboard of Society or Critical Observer: German and American Media Coverage of the Afghanistan Conference

One of the most debated issues in the transatlantic partnership is the NATO mission in Afghanistan. In January 2010, the London Conference on Afghanistan brought together delegations from around the world to discuss the military engagement in Afghanistan as well as the future of the country. AICGS Research Associate Kirsten Verclas explores how this conference surrounding one of the most contested issues in the German-American partnership was covered by the German and American media and outlines the reasons behind the coverage.

German Economic Statecraft and Iran’s Nuclear Issue

In this AICGS Transatlantic Perspectives Essay, Dr. Christina Y. Lin, Visiting Fellow at AICGS and a Researcher for Jane’s Information Group, explores the role of Germany in engaging the Sino-Russian axis via positive economic statecraft in efforts to prevent Iranian nuclear capacity. Dr. Lin writes that Germany can wield its economic arsenals to hedge against the Sino-Russian strategy and perhaps pioneer new paths to resolve the current Iranian nuclear stalemate.

NATO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: New Energy Geopolitics for the Transatlantic Alliance

As NATO is increasingly engaged in Afghanistan, a new player has entered into the scene and carved out a slice of the Afghan security pie – the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or SCO. In her essay “NATO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: New Energy Geopolitics for the Transatlantic Alliance,” Dr. Christina Y. Lin, currently a Visiting Fellow at AICGS and Researcher for Jane’s Information Group, looks at the growing global role the SCO is aspiring toward and how its presence in the energy security debate as well as its potential as a military alliance will shape the future of NATO and transatlantic relations.