Ms. Kirsten Verclas

Kirsten Verclas

Kirsten Verclas

Kirsten Verclas is the Senior Program Manager at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). She joined the Institute as Executive Assistant and has been working in the Institute’s Research Program since 2008. In this capacity, she manages the Institute’s projects in all three program areas. She also writes frequently for the Institute and other outlets on critical issues pertinent to German-American relations, such as security issues, transatlantic economic policy, the role of the media, and climate and energy policy. Before joining AICGS, Ms. Verclas worked for EF Au Pair in Boston, MA, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Ms. Verclas holds a BA in International Relations with a Minor in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and a MA in International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies from The Elliott School at The George Washington University.

Expertise:

Climate and Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, International Security, German Domestic Policy

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Ms. Kirsten Verclas's Archive

The President of the Federal Republic of Germany

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In this AICGS Spotlight, Kirsten Verclas, Senior Project Manager at AICGS explains the office of the President of the the Federal Republic of Germany. She also presents the current German President and the scandal that currently surrounds him.

The EU Emissions Trading System and the Upcoming Inclusion of the Aviation Sector

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While the aviation sector had been exempt from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in January 2012 the EU ETS will be expanded to fully include international flights arriving at or departing from an EU airport. This AICGS Spotlight provides background information on the issue, implications for Germany, the United States, and transatlantic relations as well as potential future development.

Recovering From an Economic Hangover: Lessons and Prescriptions for Transatlantic Cooperation

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Two years after the financial and economic crisis began in the United States and shortly thereafter spread to Europe and Germany, the subsequent economic downturn continues to cause problems around the globe. In Issue Brief 38, “Recovering From an Economic Hangover: Lessons and Prescriptions for Transatlantic Cooperation,” AICGS Research Associate Kirsten Verclas analyzes the impact of the economic crisis on Germany, the EU, and the United States and offers policy recommendations for promoting greater cooperation in the future.

Soundboard of Society or Critical Observer: German and American Media Coverage of the Afghanistan Conference

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One of the most debated issues in the transatlantic partnership is the NATO mission in Afghanistan. In January 2010, the London Conference on Afghanistan brought together delegations from around the world to discuss the military engagement in Afghanistan as well as the future of the country. AICGS Research Associate Kirsten Verclas explores how this conference surrounding one of the most contested issues in the German-American partnership was covered by the German and American media and outlines the reasons behind the coverage.

Transatlantic Counterterrorism Policy: Cultural, Economic, and Financial Aspects

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The fight against terrorism has been on the forefront of the U.S. and German agendas and shapes the relationship between both countries. While differences in counterterrorism policy exist, the U.S. and Germany have also very successfully cooperated in counterterrorism measures. In Issue Brief 34, Kirsten Verclas, AICGS Research Associate, examines the cultural, economic, and financial aspects of counterterrorism policy in the United States and Germany and how these aspects are combined to shape each country’s overall strategy.

A Change in Government but No Change in Policy? Implications of the 2009 German Election

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In Issue Brief 32, “A Change in Government But No Change in Policy? Implications of the 2009 German Election,” AICGS Research Associate Kirsten Verclas takes an in-depth look at the results of the 2009 German Bundestag election and their implications for the future of Germany’s party and electoral system. Additionally, the Issue Brief further analyzes the current stance of the new governing coalition on key foreign policy, economic, and domestic issues and the impact this may have on the German-American partnership and U.S. foreign policy interests.

Climate and Energy Policies in the United States and Germany: Lessons for the Future

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AICGS recently completed a project to address the climate and energy challenges with the generous support of the Daimler-Fonds im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, resulting in this Issue Brief and the following three Policy Reports which focus on some of the many aspects of the climate and energy puzzle.
In AICGS Issue Brief 29, Tim Stuchtey and Kirsten Verclas analyze the policy recommendations that come from the three Policy Reports and look at the political implications of these recommendations, focusing on emission trading, biofuels, and current climate-friendly technologies.

Commerce, Climate Change, and China: German-American Challenges in 2009

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In light of the recent economic downturn, the U.S. presidential candidates and the American public are focusing increasingly on economic issues in the 2008 campaign. While economic policies are often viewed through a domestic policy prism, in today’s globalized and interconnected world, domestic economic decisions influence the world economy as well…

A European Realignment: German-American Responses

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German and American relations with Russia; European and American energy security; and the future of NATO and the European Union are all pressing issues which will confront the new U.S. president in 2009. Germany, in the lead-up to its parliamentary elections in fall 2009, has its own interests in all three areas…

Security and Stability: German and American Cooperation in Times of Transition

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Security issues have weighed heavily on the transatlantic partnership since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Yet different threat perceptions have sometimes led to different German and American policies, which was especially apparent after the rift between Germany and the United States over the war in Iraq in 2003…

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