American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies AICGS is a center for policy research and scholarship dedicated to the most important political, economic, and security issues confronting Germany and the United States in the global arena.
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Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

Mission: AICGS is a center for policy research and scholarship dedicated to the most important political, economic, and security issues confronting Germany and the United States in the global arena. AICGS anticipates challenges, proposes solutions, and bolsters the German-American partnership.

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Gearing Up for the Post-Merkel EraBy Dr. Jackson Janes, President EmeritusWhile Americans are consumed with the upcoming...
09/25/2020
Gearing Up for the Post-Merkel Era

Gearing Up for the Post-Merkel Era

By Dr. Jackson Janes, President Emeritus

While Americans are consumed with the upcoming election on November 3, Germans are only starting to look ahead to their election next fall. These two elections will be critically important not only for German-American relations, but for the sustainability of the transatlantic relationship.

Read more: http://ow.ly/fcqt50BBjaG

While Americans are consumed with the upcoming election on November 3, Germans are only starting to look ahead to their election next fall. These two elections will be critically important …

Germany Needs to Consider Military AIBy Zhijiang Zhao, Research InternIn November 2019, the German federal government pu...
09/24/2020
Germany Needs to Consider Military AI

Germany Needs to Consider Military AI

By Zhijiang Zhao, Research Intern

In November 2019, the German federal government published an interim report, updating the public about Germany’s one year of artificial intelligence (AI) progress since the launch of its national AI strategy in 2018. The report celebrates research achievements and the surge of AI start-ups and patent applications across the country, but it does not mention any military AI development.

Read more: http://ow.ly/qtN950BA7JB

In November 2019, the German federal government published an interim report, updating the public about Germany’s one year of artificial intelligence (AI) progress since the launch of its national AI …

Munich’s Lessons for U.S. AirportsBy Nick Lokker, ContributorMost airport travel in the United States is less than pleas...
09/22/2020
Munich’s Lessons for U.S. Airports

Munich’s Lessons for U.S. Airports

By Nick Lokker, Contributor

Most airport travel in the United States is less than pleasant. A typical experience may include long waits in drab and uninviting corridors, a greasy pre-flight fast food meal, and a liftoff view over a sea of concrete. Yet, hard as it may be to believe, this does not need to be the case. For proof, look no further than Germany’s Munich International Airport—a refreshing example of how intelligent planning can allow airport operators to create an enjoyable atmosphere for travelers, while at the same time achieving environmental and financial sustainability.

Read more: http://ow.ly/SSYF50BxN4h

Most airport travel in the United States is less than pleasant. A typical experience may include long waits in drab and uninviting corridors, a greasy pre-flight fast food meal, and …

AICGS President Jeff Rathke joins PRX’s The World to discuss the recent arrest of twenty-nine police officers in North R...
09/21/2020
Jeff Rathke on Arrest of 29 Police Officers with Neo-Nazi Propaganda

AICGS President Jeff Rathke joins PRX’s The World to discuss the recent arrest of twenty-nine police officers in North Rhine-Westphalia, charged with sharing neo-Nazi propaganda. He notes that while German authorities take very seriously the spread of far-right and neo-Nazi propaganda and extremism within society, they now need to take a deeper look inside official departments.

Listen: http://ow.ly/SVQ350BwBYQ

AICGS President Jeff Rathke joins PRX’s The World to discuss the recent arrest of twenty-nine police officers in North Rhine-Westphalia, charged with sharing neo-Nazi propaganda. He notes that while German …

A Stronger Germany in the Indo-Pacific?By Yixiang Xu, New Research Initiative FellowWhile the Chinese government’s coron...
09/18/2020
A Stronger Germany in the Indo-Pacific?

A Stronger Germany in the Indo-Pacific?

By Yixiang Xu, New Research Initiative Fellow

While the Chinese government’s coronavirus propaganda campaign in Europe, its imposition of a new national security law in Hong Kong, and its continuing systemic repression of ethnic Uyghurs in Xinjiang dominate media headlines in Europe, Beijing’s strategic ambition to reorganize the regional order in the Indo-Pacific as it sees fit is raising alarms in Berlin as Germany seeks to protect its own local interests.

Read more: http://ow.ly/9vY650BuD8f

On September 1, the German Federal Foreign Office released its new policy guidelines on the Indo-Pacific region, titled “Germany-EU-Asia: Shaping the 21st Century Together” (available only in German). The German …

Today's dedication of the Eisenhower Memorial in DC is a chance to reflect on the legacy of the 34th president, and how ...
09/17/2020
Episode 31: How Ike Led: A Conversation with Susan Eisenhower

Today's dedication of the Eisenhower Memorial in DC is a chance to reflect on the legacy of the 34th president, and how his leadership shaped today's transatlantic relationship. Listen as AICGS' Jeff Rathke and Susan Eisenhower discuss this and more on the latest episode of The Zeitgeist podcast.

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#HowIkeLed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Germany was a part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s life from his earliest days—his family descended from German immigrants and lived in a tight-knit, pious community in Kansas. As Supreme …

Miss yesterday's webinar with Sabine Weyand, Director-General for Trade at the European Commission; Kellie Meiman Hock, ...
09/16/2020
EU Open Strategic Autonomy and the Transatlantic Trade Relationship

Miss yesterday's webinar with Sabine Weyand, Director-General for Trade at the European Commission; Kellie Meiman Hock, Managing Partner at McLarty Associates; Mary Lovely, Senior Fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Daniel Price, Managing Director of Rock Creek Global Advisors?

Watch it here: http://ow.ly/hbTJ50Bsvo2

The European Union has recently made “Open Strategic Autonomy” the cornerstone of its approach to trade policy. During this webinar, panelists address what is behind this idea and what it …

How Ike Led: A Conversation with Susan EisenhowerEpisode 31 of The Zeitgeist PodcastAhead of the dedication of the Dwigh...
09/15/2020
Episode 31: How Ike Led: A Conversation with Susan Eisenhower

How Ike Led: A Conversation with Susan Eisenhower

Episode 31 of The Zeitgeist Podcast

Ahead of the dedication of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on September 17, 2020, AICGS President Jeff Rathke spoke with Susan Eisenhower, noted strategist and policy analyst, granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower, and AICGS Trustee. She is the author of a new book, How Ike Led, which assesses the formation of his character and how he demonstrated his core principles through his leadership in war, in dealing with a conquered Germany, and in leading the United States for eight years as president.

Listen: http://ow.ly/CJCO50BrARC

Germany was a part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s life from his earliest days—his family descended from German immigrants and lived in a tight-knit, pious community in Kansas. As Supreme …

The Linke’s Search for Leadership – and DirectionBy Dr. Jonathan Olsen, Texas Woman's UniversityOtto von Bismarck is onc...
09/14/2020
The Linke’s Search for Leadership – and Direction

The Linke’s Search for Leadership – and Direction

By Dr. Jonathan Olsen, Texas Woman's University

Otto von Bismarck is once reported to have said “Faust complains of having two souls in his breast. I have a whole squabbling crowd.” So it is with any leader of the Linke, who must knit together a party which often does more damage to itself through intra-party disputes than it receives from its political opponents.

Read more: https://www.aicgs.org/2020/09/the-linkes-search-for-leadership-and-direction/

Otto von Bismarck is once reported to have said “Faust complains of having two souls in his breast. I have a whole squabbling crowd.” So it is with any leader …

We Could Schaffen Das, But We Won’tEU migration policy reform still stalled five years after peak of crisisBy Elizabeth ...
09/11/2020
We Could Schaffen Das, But We Won’t

We Could Schaffen Das, But We Won’t
EU migration policy reform still stalled five years after peak of crisis

By Elizabeth Caruth, Research Associate

The crisis that hit Europe in 2015 has never gone away. This summer, Germans reflected on the fifth anniversary of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement, “wir schaffen das” (we’ll manage it); experts cited successful integration efforts with refugees graduating from integration classes and seeking full-time employment. However, the fire that destroyed the refugee camp in Moria, Greece, on September 9 starkly demonstrates the enduring failure of the European Union to reform its asylum policy to manage the refugee situation in its neighborhood and at its doorstep.

Read more: http://ow.ly/gxgE50Bo4TM

EU migration policy reform still stalled five years after peak of crisis The crisis that hit Europe in 2015 has never gone away. This summer, Germans reflected on the fifth …

Join us on September 15 for a discussion with Sabine Weyand, the Director-General for Trade at the European Commission, ...
09/10/2020
EU Open Strategic Autonomy and the Transatlantic Trade Relationship

Join us on September 15 for a discussion with Sabine Weyand, the Director-General for Trade at the European Commission, and trade experts Kellie Meiman Hock, Managing Partner at McClarty Associates, Mary E. Lovely, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics, and Daniel M. Price, Managing Director of Rock Creek Global Advisors.

Register now: http://ow.ly/yoDj50Bn6M7

The European Union has recently made “Open Strategic Autonomy” the cornerstone of its approach to trade policy. During this webinar, panelists will address what is behind this idea and what …

QAnon Goes GlobalBy Teresa Eder and Elizaveta FirsovaIn the fight against conspiracy theories, both the U.S. and Germany...
09/09/2020
QAnon Goes Global

QAnon Goes Global

By Teresa Eder and Elizaveta Firsova

In the fight against conspiracy theories, both the U.S. and Germany face an uphill battle.

Read more: http://ow.ly/doMY50BmfSM

“Please, Mr. President, make Germany great again.” It’s not every day that demonstrators in Germany plea for America’s president to come to their aid. But the August 29 anti-lockdown protest …

The Anticlimactic Opening of the Humboldt ForumBy Dr. Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director, Society, Culture & ...
09/08/2020
The Anticlimactic Opening of the Humboldt Forum

The Anticlimactic Opening of the Humboldt Forum

By Dr. Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow and Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program

December will witness one of Germany’s (actually, Europe’s) biggest cultural events in at least a decade: the opening of a massive new museum and cultural complex in the heart of Berlin, the Humboldt Forum. But, instead of anticipation and celebration, there is controversy.

Read more: https://www.aicgs.org/2020/09/the-anticlimactic-opening-of-the-humboldt-forum/

December will witness one of Germany’s (actually, Europe’s) biggest cultural events in at least a decade: the opening of a massive new museum and cultural complex in the heart of …

The 30th anniversary of German Unification is just one month away. Check out our analysis and webinars discussing the ev...
09/03/2020
Thirty Years of German Unity

The 30th anniversary of German Unification is just one month away. Check out our analysis and webinars discussing the events leading up to this historic moment, and the ongoing relevance for today.

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From the day the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, a great tidal wave of change made its way across Germany, Europe, and the world. The first change …

Yixiang Xu on Huawei plugging into Russian 5G networkAICGS Fellow Yixiang Xu talks with Jane’s Intelligence Review about...
09/01/2020
Huawei plugs into Russian 5G network

Yixiang Xu on Huawei plugging into Russian 5G network

AICGS Fellow Yixiang Xu talks with Jane’s Intelligence Review about Huawei’s involvement in the Russian 5G network and how it will affect U.S. dissuasion efforts, noting “Huawei’s move toward self-reliance could further safeguard [its customers from] disruptions from unilateral US sanctions.”

Read more: http://ow.ly/sux750BeDMy

As he toured Central and Eastern Europe on a week-long trip in August 2020, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sounded a triumphant note. “The tide is turning,...

Winning Over EuropeBy Yixiang Xu, New Research Initiative FellowChinese foreign minister Wang Yi began his European tour...
08/28/2020
Winning Over Europe

Winning Over Europe

By Yixiang Xu, New Research Initiative Fellow

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi began his European tour this week, with planned stops in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Germany. China wants to recalibrate its ties with Europe after months of deteriorating bilateral relations resulting from Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the Chinese government’s crackdown in Hong Kong.

Read more: https://www.aicgs.org/2020/08/winning-over-europe/

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi began his European tour this week, with planned stops in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Germany. China wants to recalibrate its ties with Europe …

The U.S.-EU Tariff Deal: Refreshing, but BlandBy Peter S. Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director, Geoeconomics ProgramAs pa...
08/27/2020
The U.S.-EU Tariff Deal: Refreshing, but Bland

The U.S.-EU Tariff Deal: Refreshing, but Bland

By Peter S. Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director, Geoeconomics Program

As part of an effort to resolve a dispute about lobster exports, the United States and the European Union agreed last Friday to reduce tariffs on approximately $270 million of their bilateral trade. To put this step in perspective, U.S.-EU annual trade amounted to $1.3 trillion in 2018. So this micro-deal accounts for slightly more than .0002 percent of total transatlantic trade—or the quantity of goods and services the two sides exchange every two hours.

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As part of an effort to resolve a dispute about lobster exports, the United States and the European Union agreed last Friday to reduce tariffs on approximately $270 million of …

Tune in tomorrow, August 27, for a screening and conversation on "Harbor from the Holocaust: A WTTW Community Screening ...
08/26/2020
Harbor from the Holocaust: A WTTW Community Screening and Conversation

Tune in tomorrow, August 27, for a screening and conversation on "Harbor from the Holocaust: A WTTW Community Screening and Conversation," featuring insights from AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Prof. Kevin Ostoyich.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/pIl450B7g3A

Join WTTW, The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago for a screening of Harbor from the Holocaust, a film depicting the flight of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe to the Chinese port city of Shanghai during World War II.....

08/25/2020

The Saga of Berlin’s Long-Delayed Airport Opening

By Nick Lokker, Research Intern

It’s finally happening: Berlin will soon have a new airport. After decades of repeated delays and mishaps, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is set to open this fall, with service beginning on October 31.

Read more: http://ow.ly/bagD50B4D7p

With #DNC2020 this week and #RNC2020 kicking off on Monday, read AICG' recommendations for the next administration and t...
08/21/2020
Enduring Partnership

With #DNC2020 this week and #RNC2020 kicking off on Monday, read AICG' recommendations for the next administration and the future of the German-American relationship:

http://ow.ly/lN3v50B2u7s

Recommendations to the Next U.S. Administration for the German-American Relationship In this publication, AICGS scholars and staff focus on the common interests that can form the basis of renewed transatlantic …

The SPD Goes Back to the FutureBy Julian Mueller-Kaler, Non-Resident FellowGerman politics today is fit for a Greek trag...
08/20/2020
The SPD Goes Back to the Future

The SPD Goes Back to the Future

By Julian Mueller-Kaler, Non-Resident Fellow

German politics today is fit for a Greek tragedy, which is particularly true for the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

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German politics today is fit for a Greek tragedy, which is particularly true for the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The quest for new leadership less than a year ago brought …

German Politics Heats UpNew episode of The Zeitgeist Podcast!On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Jeff Rathke, Dr. Eric Lan...
08/19/2020
Episode 30: German Politics Heats Up

German Politics Heats Up
New episode of The Zeitgeist Podcast!

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Jeff Rathke, Dr. Eric Langenbacher, and Julian Mueller-Kaler discuss recent developments in Germany’s center-left party. They also discuss the state of the CDU as Merkel’s retirement looms, the future for the Greens, and how the pandemic has affected political party support across the spectrum, including of the far-far Alternative for Germany.

Listen:
http://ow.ly/gInf50B2Gvd

German political dynamics have made an early and perhaps unexpected change this summer, coming out of the “Sommerloch,” with two new announcements from the Social Democratic Party. First, the SPD …

#BlackLivesMatter: Social Unsettlement and Intersectional Justice in Pandemic TimesNotes From Black Berlin in the Summer...
08/18/2020
#BlackLivesMatter: Social Unsettlement and Intersectional Justice in Pandemic Times

#BlackLivesMatter: Social Unsettlement and Intersectional Justice in Pandemic Times
Notes From Black Berlin in the Summer of 2020

By Prof. Dr. Maureen Maisha Auma

The convergence of a highly contagious “travelling virus,” relentless social media activism, the hypervisibility of a global death count, the beginning collapse of populist feel-good-political-economies, and the breakthrough of the #BlackLivesMatter activist philosophy has effectively set the stage for a form of transnational unsettlement, whose trajectory we are yet to witness.

Read more: http://ow.ly/GDOR50B2qwX

Notes From Black Berlin in the Summer of 2020 Seven years after the initiation of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and Opal Tometi, we are again facing …

The Coming of A Digital Iron Curtain? The EU’s March toward Digital SovereigntyBy Yixiang Xu, New Research Initiative Fe...
08/17/2020
The Coming of A Digital Iron Curtain? The EU’s March toward Digital Sovereignty

The Coming of A Digital Iron Curtain? The EU’s March toward Digital Sovereignty

By Yixiang Xu, New Research Initiative Fellow

The Sino-U.S. technology rivalry could drastically alter the course of accelerating globalization in the digital age and bring about profound political, economic, and social challenges for the entire global community.

Read more: https://www.aicgs.org/2020/08/the-coming-of-a-digital-iron-curtain-the-eus-march-toward-digital-sovereignty/

On August 6, President Trump issued dual executive orders banning the social media apps TikTok and WeChat in the U.S. in 45 days if they are not sold by their …

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The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington, DC, is the only think tank focused exclusively on the most pressing issues at stake for Germany and the United States. Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the Institute possesses in-depth policy and academic expertise and an extensive network on both sides of the Atlantic. AICGS collaborates with policymakers, corporate leaders, and scholars to deliver in-depth, actionable analysis and fresh ideas that help anticipate trends, manage risk, and shape policy choices.

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