Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner

Stormy-Annika Mildner is a senior researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), a policy-oriented think-tank based in Berlin. Working within the research unit on ‘The Americas,’ her field of expertise is international trade and finance. Her current work is focused on financial regulatory reform in both the United States and Germany as well as transatlantic trade relations. Dr. Mildner also heads the SWP research project on “Competition for Scarce Resources.”

Dr. Mildner teaches classes on international economics and U.S. domestic and foreign economic policy at the Hertie School of Governance and the Free University of Berlin’s John F. Kennedy Institute. Her articles have been published in leading scientific journals and newspapers in several countries. She has contributed to two AICGS publications, “Germany’s Social Market Economy, Old Wine in Old Bottles?” (in German-American Issues 10) and Issue Brief #35 “Anything But SWIFT: Why Data Sharing is Still a Problem for the EU.”

Dr. Mildner conducted her bachelor studies in Economics and North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin and earned a Master of Science in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics (2000). Before she started her Ph.D. studies in economics (2002), she worked for the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), where she headed the program on Globalization and the World Economy. She wrote her Ph.D. thesis on the economic and political rationale of export credit insurance and finance in the U.S., which was published in 2007. During her Ph.D. studies she attended the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) at Yale University (2002-2003). From 2005 to 2006 Dr. Mildner was a researcher and lecturer at the Free University of Berlin’s John F. Kennedy Institute.

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Lots of Talk, Little Action? Chances and Impediments for a New EU-U.S. Trade Agenda


The annual meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) in November 2011 presented an opportunity for German and American policymakers  to make progress on their efforts at greater trade integration.  This Issue Brief gives an overview of the EU and the U.S.’ trade agendas and looks at how greater transatlantic cooperation can… Read more >

Taming the Financial Beast


In the wake of the global financial crisis, the United States and the European Union have acted not only to recover from the crisis, but also to implement regulatory reforms to prevent another crisis of this magnitude in the future. The path to reform, however, has not been smooth. Political debates over fundamental issues have slowed progress toward making meaningful reform in regulating the financial sector.

Untapped Potential: The Future of the Transatlantic Economic Council


As the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) prepares for its next meeting on 17 December 2010, it is time to inject new life into the institution, write AICGS Non-Resident Senior Fellow Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner and Deborah Klein. In this new Transatlantic Perspectives essay written just in advance of the TEC’s meeting, the authors provide an overview of the current state of the transatlantic economic partnership, highlight the areas where trade is still impeded by barriers, and offer policy recommendations for maximizing the Council’s potential benefits.

Anything But SWIFT: Why Data Sharing is Still a Problem for the EU


The fight against terrorism has been on the forefront of the U.S. and German agendas and shapes the relationship between both countries. While cooperation has been strong, differences have arisen in several areas. In Issue Brief 35, Edna Dretzka and DAAD/AICGS Fellow Stormy-Annika Mildner examine the disagreement between the U.S. and EU over sharing private financial data in relation to terrorism. The authors look at the legal situation in the United States and the political struggles in the European Union that hamper better cooperation across the Atlantic, and offer ideas on how the two actors can overcome their differences on data-sharing and SWIFT.

It’s Payback Time: The United States and Germany are Debating a Financial Institution Fee

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DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner examines the differing German and U.S. proposals for an IMF-regulated ‘Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee’ and argues that their implementation is anything but certain. Dr. Mildner writes that the proposals differ with regard to the institutions subjected to the fee, the determinants of the fee (risk, income, and bonuses), the goals of the levy, as well as the appropriate use of the fee revenues, but states that strong transatlantic cooperation in the early stages can result in a more coordinated and effective implementation.

Germany’s Founding Pillars at 60: Future Challenges and Choices


This German-American Issues edition, “Germany’s Founding Pillars at 60: Future Challenges and Choices” (#10), examines the dimensions of the three pillars on which the Federal Republic was founded: The future of the social market economy; the German Basic Law’s influence on the German military; and German-American relations from an eastern and western German perspective. This volume includes essays from Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner and Mark Prentice, Dr. Russell A. Miller, Clemens Wergin, and Dr. Torsten Wöhlert.