Commentaries

The Agenda

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Alexander Privitera

AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera looks at the IMF/World Bank spring meetings, which will continue to keep the spotlight on Europe. Despite some recent improvements, the message for Europeans is unchanged: more homework needs to be done and the time to complete it dwindling.

Contingency Planning in Europe

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Krzysztof Bledkowski, Senior Economist and Council Director at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and frequent AICGS participant, takes a look at the possible contingency planning that companies operating in Europe could take as the euro zone crisis continues to take hold throughout the continent. Please click here to view Scenario… Read more >

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.

The Politics of Central Banking

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According to AICGS Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera, both the Federal Reserve (FED) and the European Central Bank (ECB) are increasingly becoming political bodies, forced by growing public scrutiny to build their own constituencies.

Facing New Realities: Europe’s Future Role in the IMF

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Paul Maeser, an APSA Congressional Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, examines the changing role of European nations within the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a result of the debt crisis surrounding the euro.

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.

Germany’s Softening Stance

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Alexander Privitera

Despite a week dominated by negative headlines about the Chinese economy and rising gas prices, interest rates for sovereign bonds from Spain and Italy remain quite low. Is the worst of the crisis really over or are investors just lulled by the massive intervention from the ECB?

The Half Full Glass

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Alexander Privitera

Senior Fellow Alexander Privitera argues that the skeptics might underestimate that in this crisis, progress is not only measured in pure economic terms, but also by political progress.

Enhancing European Security

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Europe will soon need to focus greater attention on its shared defense policy, an aspect that has been overlooked for quite some time. According to the authors, Germany must take the lead for such an initiative.

Consequential Cuts: American Troops in Germany

Robert Gerald Livingston explores the motives for U.S. troop reduction in Germany, as well as the potential consequences for such a move. What effect, if any, could this have on Germany’s role in Europe’s defense plans?