Kirsten Verclas

ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Kirsten Verclas is an ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Previously, she was a Program Manager in the International Department of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) working on regulatory partnerships in Africa under a NARUC-U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Cooperative Agreement. Before coming to NARUC, Ms. Verclas was a Senior Program Manager at the American-German Institute (AGI) at Johns Hopkins University, where she managed the Institute’s grant projects. She initially joined AGI as Executive Assistant in 2003 and started working in the Institute’s Research Program in 2008. Ms. Verclas has written extensively on energy and climate as well as security policy in the transatlantic context. She holds a BA in International Relations with a Minor in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and an MA in International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies from The Elliott School at The George Washington University. She also earned an MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University in August 2013.

She is a 2017-2018 participant in AGI’s project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Recent Content


The President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In this AICGS Spotlight, Kirsten Verclas, Senior Project Manager at AICGS explains the office of the President of the the Federal Republic of Germany. She also presents the current German President and the scandal that currently surrounds him.

The EU Emissions Trading System and the Upcoming Inclusion of the Aviation Sector

While the aviation sector had been exempt from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in January 2012 the EU ETS will be expanded to fully include international flights arriving at or departing from an EU airport. This AICGS Spotlight provides background information on the issue, implications for Germany, the United States, and transatlantic relations as well as potential future development.

Recovering From an Economic Hangover: Lessons and Prescriptions for Transatlantic Cooperation

Issue Brief 38 Two years after the financial and economic crisis began in the United States and shortly thereafter spread to Europe and Germany, the subsequent economic downturn continues to …

Transatlantic Counterterrorism Policy: Cultural, Economic, and Financial Aspects

Issue Brief 34 The fight against terrorism has been on the forefront of the U.S. and German agendas and shapes the relationship between both countries. While differences in counterterrorism policy …

A Change in Government but No Change in Policy? Implications of the 2009 German Election

Issue Brief 32 In Issue Brief 32, “A Change in Government But No Change in Policy? Implications of the 2009 German Election,” AGI Research Associate Kirsten Verclas takes an in-depth …

Climate and Energy Policies in the United States and Germany: Lessons for the Future

Issue Brief 29 AGI recently completed a project to address the climate and energy challenges with the generous support of the Daimler-Fonds im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, resulting in …

Commerce, Climate Change, and China: German-American Challenges in 2009

Issue Brief 23 In light of the recent economic downturn, the U.S. presidential candidates and the American public are focusing increasingly on economic issues in the 2008 campaign. While economic …

A European Realignment: German-American Responses

Issue Brief 22 German and American relations with Russia; European and American energy security; and the future of NATO and the European Union are all pressing issues which will confront …

Security and Stability: German and American Cooperation in Times of Transition

Issue Brief 21 Security issues have weighed heavily on the transatlantic partnership since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Yet different threat perceptions have sometimes led to different German …

Religion and its Impact on Foreign Policy in the United States and Germany: Similarities and Differences

Issue Brief 20 After September 11, attention has shifted in the scholarly and policy communities to religion as a major factor in foreign policy. Islamic fundamentalism and the West’s relationship …

Lost in Translation: The Impact of Culture on the Media in the United States and Germany

Issue Brief 18 The role of the media as an influencer in domestic politics is also crossing over into foreign policy as well. This holds true for the German-American relationship… …

Russia is Back on Stage: German and American Strategies

Issue Brief 17 Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent announcement that he would accept the nomination to head the United Russia ticket in the parliamentary elections in December has been only …

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