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The NSA Spies on the German Chancellor’s Cell Phone. What Now?

The popular German legal Beck-Blog recently hosted a lively discussion on whether there are legal ways and means to challenge the alleged spying by the NSA on German Chancellor Angela …

The Great Misunderstanding

In “Das große Missverstehen,” AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes details the disconnect in American and German perspectives on the ongoing scandal over U.S. and European surveillance practices, especially the U.S. …

Five Eyes or More?

A “no-spy” agreement is currently popular among the German public and its leaders, but the perceived benefit may outpace any actual advantages. AICGS Senior Research Program Associate Parke Nicholson explains why and argues for a “Five Eyes plus One” (E5+1) as a better alternative.

Why Spy on Merkel?

As German-American political relations endure the greatest strain since the 2003 Iraq war, Senior Visiting Fellow at the German Historical Institute Dr. Robert Gerald Livingston argues that it is time for Germany to adopt a greater role in the western intelligence apparatus, the Five Eyes, and it is incumbent on the United States to apologize for the “breach of trust.”

Why Germans Enjoy Being the Intelligence Community’s Victim

With the repeated history of repressive surveillance practices ingrained into cultural memory, Germany seems to know this narrative well. Malte Lehming is a frequent contributor and participant at AICGS whose …

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 …

Is All Repression Created Equal?

In light of recent and ongoing revelations of mass surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency, Germany has reflected on its past history with state surveillance. Commenting on whether 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 …

Stupid Intelligence

For an intelligence agency, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is remarkably unintelligent. It’s rather like a new husband, who starts hacking his wife’s cellphone on their wedding day, with …

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 …