Foreign & Domestic Policy


Bridge Builder: An Insider’s Account of over 60 Years in Post-War Reconstruction, International Diplomacy and German American Relations

Apr 27

The German Marshall Fund and AICGS are hosting a lunchtime presentation with Mr. Walther Leisler Kiep to discuss his new memoir. In it, Mr. Kiep speaks of his life in politics as Treasurer of the Christian Democratic Union, as Minister of Finance in Lower Saxony, and as a member of the Volkswagen Supervisory Board. As the longtime chairman of Atlantic Brücke and as a key player in German-American relations, Mr. Kiep will discuss the evolution of German-American relations over the span of his long career, as well as his view of its current state.

The Arab Awakening One Year On: A European Perspective

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In early 2011, the debate in the European Union about the repercussions of the Arab awakening that started in late 2010 and continues to this day was largely framed in terms of opportunities rather than risks. The prospect of democracy finally making headway in one of the most static regions of the… Read more >

Briefing on German Agenda for G8 and NATO Meetings

Apr 17

In a roundtable discussion at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Foreign and Security Policy Advisor, discussed the upcoming agenda for the G8-NATO meetings as well as current German foreign policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East. In his summary of current foreign policy issues… Read more >

The Rise of China: Implications for the Transatlantic Relationship

Apr 26

AICGS/DAAD Fellow Mr. Alexander Wolf’s presentation will explore the impact that China’s economic growth and greater significance in international affairs has on the twenty-first century’s international order. Despite perceptions of a “Europe [that] no longer matters,” Mr. Wolf argues that the transatlantic community will remain the most important pillar.

The French Elections and the Franco-German Equation

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In advance of the French Presidential elections, Executive Director Jack Janes examines the changing parameters of Franco-German relations in light of the challenges both countries currently face. If Francois Hollande becomes the new President, any resulting changes in the continuity of one the most important bi-national relationships in Europe will be felt beyond the borders of Germany and France.

America’s Decline

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Alexander Privitera

Bookshops and newsstands throughout the U.S. are filled with tomes debating what many believe to be the current decline in America’s power and influence on the global stage. In light of this recent trend, AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera examines the more recent literature on this topic and tries to assess what the debates concerning the idea of decline tell us about today’s America.

Assessing Transatlantic Risks: The Erosion of Allied Solidarity

Ann-Kristin Otto

Approaching its summit in Chicago in May, NATO is desperately looking for a positive message to spread. But there’s little good news to be found on all major fronts. Intentions to paint a picture of success in Afghanistan while conducting its own withdrawal are being overrun by events on the ground.  The… Read more >

New Ground for Cooperation: The Arab Spring as a Turning Point for EU-Turkey Relations

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Though politicians use the word “historic” in a fairly inflationary way, there is no better terminology for describing what the international community is witnessing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The uprisings that are sweeping over the region astonished Western observers as they replaced an existent narrative. After the 9/11… Read more >

The Question of Military Action Against Iran – Of Busted Bunker Hopes and Short Fuses

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Iran’s nuclear ambitions – and the West’s response – are analyzed by Non-Resident Fellow Dorle Hellmuth.

Federalism At Work: The Health Care Act in the Supreme Court

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The recent Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – President Obama’s landmark health reform – received widespread attention on both sides of the Atlantic. For most Europeans, it is incomprehensible why this reform became subject to such legal controversies, but as AICGS Resident Fellow Dirk Göpffarth argues, the legal issues are mostly concerned about the relationship of the federal level and the states – a typical conflict in a federal state.