Jackson Janes

President Emeritus of AGI

Jackson Janes is the President Emeritus of the American-German Institute at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, where he has been affiliated since 1989.

Dr. Janes has been engaged in German-American affairs in numerous capacities over many years. He has studied and taught in German universities in Freiburg, Giessen and Tübingen. He was the Director of the German-American Institute in Tübingen (1977-1980) and then directed the European office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Bonn (1980-1985). Before joining AGI, he served as Director of Program Development at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (1986-1988). He was also Chair of the German Speaking Areas in Europe Program at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC, from 1999-2000 and is Honorary President of the International Association for the Study of German Politics .

Dr. Janes is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Atlantic Council of the United States, and American Purpose. He serves on the advisory boards of the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee, and the Beirat der Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZfAS). He serves on the Selection Committee for the Bundeskanzler Fellowships for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Dr. Janes has lectured throughout Europe and the United States and has published extensively on issues dealing with Germany, German-American relations, and transatlantic affairs. In addition to regular commentary given to European and American news radio, he has appeared on CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, CBC, and is a frequent commentator on German television. Dr. Janes is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Education.

In 2005, Dr. Janes was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany’s highest civilian award.

Ph.D., International Relations, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
M.A., Divinity School, University of Chicago
B.A., Sociology, Colgate University

Transatlantic relations, German-American relations, domestic German politics, German-EU relations, transatlantic affairs.


Recent Content


Trump außer Kontrolle? Interview with Jackson Janes

Featuring Jackson Janes via ARD on March 24, 2018.

4th Time: Merkel Sworn in as German Chancellor

Featuring Jackson Janes via Deutsche Welle on March 14, 2018.

GroKo 3.0: Of Options, Obstacles, and Opportunities

Now that the white smoke has billowed from the SPD chimney to bless the GroKo arrangement, leaders in Berlin are ready to get on with the business of governing. There …

From the AGI Bookshelf: Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order

At a time when there is a ferocious debate over the global role and responsibility of the United States, there is a benefit to looking back on the course of …

Setting Foreign Policy Priorities in an Era of Political Polarization

As part of the 2018 Munich Security Conference, AGI was pleased to cohost a breakfast program with the American Council on Germany.  The theme of the discussion was “Setting Foreign Policy …

Trump’s First Year with Dr. Jackson Janes

Featuring Jackson Janes on the Trans-Atlanticist. Andrew Sola explores the past, present, and future of relations between Europe and the United States with scholars, artists, authors, politicians, journalists, and business …

Understanding Uncertainty

“Today we find ourselves in a paradoxical situation. We enjoy all the achievements of modern civilization that have made our physical existence on this earth easier so in many important …

Blinking at the Brink: A Munich Moment 

The pilgrimage to Munich for the annual Munich Security Conference begins this week with another chance to perform an annual exam of the world’s state of mind and health. The …

From the AGI Bookshelf: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

Most Europeans remain flabbergasted that Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Millions of Americans are equally confused. Trying to overcome the fixation on tweets is not an easy task—let …

Define and Deliver: The SPD Party Conference

Four months after Germans went to the polls to set the stage for a new government, they are finally a step closer. The vote at the January 21 SPD party …

From the AGI Bookshelf: Wir können nicht allen helfen

Just before the German elections in September 2017, Boris Palmer, the mayor of Tübingen presented a new book he wrote about the refugee crisis in Germany: Wir können nicht allen helfen: …