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A Family Feud

The annual meeting of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) was an opportunity to look back on a half century of transatlantic relations, but it also was testimony that in one …

Germans React to a “Year of Action” with Modest Support but Many are Unconvinced

In the days after the annual State of the Union address, Germans have been modestly supportive of U.S. President Barack Obama’s outline for a “Year of Action,” but some commentators …

The Evolving Reaction to Electronic Eavesdropping

The spectrum of dramatically differing U.S. and German reactions to the revelation of National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping of electronic communications, along with the parallel domestic debates in both countries, …

Angela Merkel’s NSA Challenge

Newly-elected German Chancellor Angela Merkel will soon make the almost mandatory trip to Washington, despite the cell phone embarrassment caused by NSA surveillance programs and practices. The monitoring apparently started …

Germany’s NSA Naivete

Following President Obama’s exclusive interview with ZDF on Friday, Senior Editor of Der Tagesspiegel Malte Lehming noted that the German media largely characterized the president’s remarks as “too vague, too …

Towards Closing the Cyber Sanitation Gap

While the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about state-sponsored intrusions into online privacy have been deeply unsettling to many, the growing everyday threats to our online activities posed …

Security Breach at Target Corp Highlights Importance of Research on Cyber Security

This morning, Target Corps released that there has been a security breach, and about 40 million credit and debit cards have been accessed from customers of Target stores (not online) …

A Transatlantic Earthquake in the Wake of the NSA Revelations

While revelations about comprehensive U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance have dismayed people around the world, Germans have been particularly shocked and continue to be angry. It is not “old …

Surveillance and Data Protection in the Conflict between European and American Legal Cultures

The uproar in Europe over revelations that the NSA has been taping the phones of world leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, demonstrates that the methods used by America’s …

Cyber Security in the New Computing Age: Protection Roles by the Private Sector vs. the Government

Serious cyber-attacks against public and private sector organizations are increasing in frequency and severity. Watch these clips from this panel of the AICGS Annual Symposium for a discussion of cyber security with emphasis on the role of the private sector and the government.

Post-Election Realities: The Domestic and International Consequences

In these video clips from the AICGS Annual Symposium on November 12, 2013, panelists discuss how post-election German and American leaders will face monumental political and economic challenges.

Like a Conquered Nation

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and AICGS Trustee John Kornblum argues that German leadership in Europe is plagued by its impetus to react on the basis of past experiences. This …