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Bypass Operation

On 18 June, during the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an agreement was signed to build a controversial new “Nord Stream 2” pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would …

German Energy Security, Raw Materials Supply, and Shifting Geopolitical Impacts

Germany, one of the largest energy consumers in the world, is a peculiar case when it comes to energy security and raw material supply. While the country actually has a …

Containing Gazprom

Since Russia first invaded Ukraine last year, Putin has boasted of his ability to exploit natural gas dependency to undermine European solidarity. Indeed, though the continent as a whole relies …

Thawing Negotiations with Iran

Iran and the P5+1 have reached a historic deal that limits Iran’s nuclear ambitions. After months of debate and compromising on both sides, what does this mean for transatlantic security …

New Policy Priorities for the Transatlantic Partnership

More than twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the United States and Germany remain close political and economic allies. However, personal ties between the two allies have …

Transparency in the Extractive Industries

Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz, a DAAD/AICGS research fellow in May and June 2013, has recently published a paper in the journal Global Environmental Politics, building on his research conducted while …

Eliminating Greenhouse Gases…One Car at a Time

In response to the increase in car congestion and global warming, many countries have been trying to reduce car usage in various ways. In February 2003, London introduced a toll …

Energiewende Fail?

In response to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the more recent 2011 catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, Germany announced in 2011 that it would move quickly into using more renewable …

Former AICGS Fellow Ralph Buehler Receives Award from Transportation Research Board

AICGS congratulates Ralph Buehler, associate professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia campus, on recently being awarded the “Best Paper on a Topic Addressing …

Energy and Security Risks: A Transatlantic Comparison

Cutting across policy areas, energy security decision-making has become a necessity in the twenty-first century. Having important consequences for climate and space policy, domestic and transatlantic debates over energy policy …

Looking Ahead: Opportunities for German Leadership

On the occasion of the AICGS 30th Anniversary Symposium in Berlin on June 12, 2013, Founding Director, Dr. Gerald Livingston, proposed a set of four core issues for Germany as a global leader. He argues that these issues avoid claims of hegemonic aspirations and therefore, are prime opportunities for whatever German government emerges after the September elections.

Germany and the United States at Rio +20

In planning last week’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, organizers sought to bring together the public, private, and NGO sectors for a constructive dialogue on sustainability and …