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Finding Security in an Age of Uncertainty: German and American Counterterrorism Policies

New administrations took office in 2009 in both Germany and the United States, bringing with them renewed focus on counterterrorism measures. Still, despite ever-increasing cooperation among allies, the German and …

German and U.S. Domestic Counterterrorism Responses: Only Half a World Apart

According to popular opinion, German and U.S. approaches to counterterrorism could not be more different. However, when looking past the rhetoric and focusing on domestic counterterrorism responses, one sees that German and U.S. approaches are not as different as commonly thought, argues Dr. Dorle Hellmuth, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow and professor at American University. Especially since terrorism is a global issue that requires cooperation amongst nations, it is crucial to highlight the many similarities between German and U.S. counterterrorism challenges, objectives, and practices, Dr. Hellmuth writes.

Germany and Elections: Dodging the Afghanistan Bullet

Dr. Gale Mattox, professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and Director of the Institute’s Foreign & Domestic Policy Program, writes that even though the grand coalition has tried to prevent …

German-American Disagreement on How to Deal With the Threat of Terrorism

The close relationship between the U.S. and Germany has undergone a dramatic change, beginning with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the resulting U.S.-led “war on terror,” and the Iraq War. In particular, the Iraq War and different counter-terrorism policies have led to a diplomatic crisis in the transatlantic relationship; it was a new phenomenon for Americans and Germans to disagree on fundamental policy issues…

No Germans to the (Southern) Front

In the run-up to the NATO summit meeting in Bucharest in early April, the Bush administration has launched an intensive diplomatic campaign to convince the European allies to send additional combat troops to southern Afghanistan. This is largely to overcome the troop shortfalls facing the alliance in fighting the Taliban insurgency and to increase the allies’ operational flexibility…

In the Shadow of the Six Parties: Europe and the Non-proliferation Process in North Korea

Speaking of the European Union as an international actor dealing with North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK) often raises eyebrows. Since the outbreak of the second nuclear …