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Beyond Sanctions

This essay, by AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Ulrich Speck, appeared originally on Judy Dempsy’s Strategic Europe, a blog from the Carnegie Institute for International Peace. Western sanctions against Russia appear …

Beyond Sanctions: The Ukraine Crisis as Demonstration of Power and Purpose

This week in Germany was not like last week. This week, both the popular mood as well as the political messages sent signals that Germans have had enough from Vladimir …

The Future Role of NATO: Reinventing the Alliance?

The discussion of the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the current international system is as old as the end of the Cold War–by now nearly 25 …

Prof. Hellmann Examines the Clash Between Germany and Russia

AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Prof. Gunther Hellmann examines the clash between Germany and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis in the framework of Germany’s understanding of itself as a twenty-first century power–Gestaltungsmacht–versus …

Europäische Friedensordnung

Der Westen im Allgemeinen und die Bundesregierung im Besonderen hätten sich in den vergangenen Jahren mehr um eine Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit mit Russland bemühen sollen. Dieses Versäumnis wollten die Sozialdemokraten …

Why Putin Fears Ukraine

An eon ago, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union imploded, the Kremlin still feared Germany. Its angst was anachronistic, but useful. Today President Vladimir Putin fears Ukraine. …

Deutschland und die Ukraine-Krise

Die gewaltsamen Auseinandersetzungen in der Ukraine und die völkerrechtswidrige Annexion der Krim durch Russland haben die Grundlagen der europäischen Friedensordnung untergraben. Vertrauen, Gewaltverzicht und Regeln wurden missachtet. An ihre Stelle …

Germany and the Ukrainian Crisis

With tensions high in Ukraine and across the West, Member of the German Bundestag Dr. Rolf Mützenich highlights the great importance of de-escalation. Despite an increasing undercurrent of approval or understanding in Germany for Russia’s nineteenth-century behavior, “the German government’s highest priorities are to de-escalate the situation, reinforce the few operable lines of communication, integrate the conflict participants, and compel European institutions to joint action.”

Toward a Diplomatic Solution in Ukraine

None of the parties involved in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine have entirely clean hands, but that does not signify equivalence. Had Russia taken action to ensure just the security …

Merkel Visit Unproductive

On her two-day trip to Washington last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel spent four and a half hours in conversation and a working lunch with President Barack Obama, with a visit …

Merkel’s Moment

When French President François Hollande visited Washington two months ago, he declared “trust is restored,” regarding the vast NSA surveillance programs in Europe. In her upcoming visit in May, Angela …

Whither the West?

The response to Russia and transatlantic trade will be the focus of Angela Merkel’s second visit to Washington as Chancellor. But, as important as these issues are to “the West”—i.e., …