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A New Assertiveness? Germany wades into the Syrian conflict with vote for anti-ISIS military mission

Introduction Three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris, the German Bundestag approved a military deployment to provide protection, reconnaissance, and logistics to the military campaign against the Islamic State, …

Germany ‘s Continuing Strategic Struggle

Germany is a Rechtsstaat—a country anchored in law. The German constitution, or Basic Law, is a mirror of German thinking about its democracy, just as the U.S. constitution reflects American …

After Paris

The terrorist nightmare that ran rampage through Paris on November 13 is another example of the vulnerability of our world—a world we too often take for granted and about which …

Will Michel Go to War for Marianne?

The reactions to the attacks in Paris have demonstrated the special character of the German-French relationship—but how far does this friendship go? The attacks in Paris have resulted in an …

Deutschland, Frankreich und das neue Europa

Die Terroranschläge in Paris verändern nicht allein das Leben der Menschen an der Seine, sie verändern Europa, sie verändern Deutschland. Der Terror ist nun auch dort angekommen, wo man ihn …

Shadows of History in Europe’s Refugee Crisis

As the refugee crisis continues, mixed reactions are cause for concern in Germany.  Given the country’s troubled past, anti-Islam and anti-migrant sentiment in the country is particularly troubling.  Daniela Blei …

Europe’s Migration Paralysis

As growing numbers of migrants seek a new life in Europe, in this Project Syndicate essay former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer calls on European leaders to overcome their paralysis …

Germany Has Lessons for the South

The recent public debate in the United States over displaying the Confederate flag in the South, particularly in government buildings and at public memorials, is an echo of the racism …

From Kobane to Celle

The serene town of Celle is home to 70,000 people in the state of Lower Saxony, more than 3,000 of which are Kurdish Yazidis. This town is mostly known for …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Just as we confront the sudden current challenges in Ukraine, an analysis of the ongoing confrontation with Iran over its nuclear strategies appears to highlight both the possibilities and limits …

German Jihad: Reading the History of al-Qaeda through a German Lens

A new book by Guido Steinberg Whenever American counterterrorism officials met with their German colleagues in 2004 and 2005, the radicalization of European Muslims was one of the main subjects …

Afghanistan Afterward

In this At Issue, Executive Director Jack Janes looks at the proposed troop withdraw date for Afghanistan in the wake of the civilian killings by a U.S. soldier over the past weekend. Following over a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, coalition forces now seem increasingly eager to transfer responsibility to the Afghan people. However, it has become very clear that a number of challenges remain for the future stability of Afghanistan, especially once coalition forces do leave.

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