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The United States and Europe must recalibrate their security partnership

Jeffrey Rathke

Jeff Rathke

President of AGI

Jeffrey Rathke is the President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining AICGS, Jeff was a senior fellow and deputy director of the Europe Program at CSIS, where his work focused on transatlantic relations and U.S. security and defense policy. Jeff joined CSIS in 2015 from the State Department, after a 24-year career as a Foreign Service Officer, dedicated primarily to U.S. relations with Europe. He was director of the State Department Press Office from 2014 to 2015, briefing the State Department press corps and managing the Department's engagement with U.S. print and electronic media. Jeff led the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of staff to the NATO Secretary General in Brussels. He also served in Berlin as minister-counselor for political affairs (2006–2009), his second tour of duty in Germany. His Washington assignments have included deputy director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs and duty officer in the White House Situation Room and State Department Operations Center.

Mr. Rathke was a Weinberg Fellow at Princeton University (2003–2004), winning the Master’s in Public Policy Prize. He also served at U.S. Embassies in Dublin, Moscow, and Riga, which he helped open after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Mr. Rathke has been awarded national honors by Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as several State Department awards. He holds an M.P.P. degree from Princeton University and B.A. and B.S. degrees from Cornell University. He speaks German, Russian, and Latvian.


Theresa Lütkefend

Halle Foundation/AGI Intern

Theresa Lütkefend is a research intern at AGI for the fall of 2023. She supports the team and resident fellows in their research with a particular focus on foreign and security policies. Ms. Lütkefend recently graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she pursued a degree in international relations with a concentration in strategy and security. Prior to her time at SAIS, she received a master’s degree in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford. Ms. Lütkefend is a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an international affairs focused think tank in Berlin.

In a new op-ed for Defense News, AGI President Jeff Rathke and AGI/Halle Foundation Intern Theresa Lütkefend argue that the United States and its transatlantic partners should move beyond the 2 percent spending goal to “tangible, purpose-driven, and growing commitments.” This rethought burden-sharing arrangement will enable the United States to avoid choosing between Europe and Asia, provide Europe with an insurance policy if the United States reduces its security commitments, and show that NATO can adapt to future challenges.

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