Robert Gerald Livingston

Robert Gerald Livingston

Dr. Robert Gerald Livingston is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. He was the founding director of AGI from 1983 to 1994.

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Genscher and Genscherism

The career and success of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who died at age 89 on March 30, illustrate the strength of continuity in office. Such continuity has long been a feature of …

Merkel Visit Unproductive

On her two-day trip to Washington last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel spent four and a half hours in conversation and a working lunch with President Barack Obama, with a visit …

Germany’s Approval Ratings Higher Than Ever

For the past eleven years, Germany’s Washington embassy has annually commissioned an international research firm, Frank N. Magid Associates, to poll Americans on their opinions about Germany. The most recent …

Why Spy on Merkel?

As German-American political relations endure the greatest strain since the 2003 Iraq war, Senior Visiting Fellow at the German Historical Institute Dr. Robert Gerald Livingston argues that it is time for Germany to adopt a greater role in the western intelligence apparatus, the Five Eyes, and it is incumbent on the United States to apologize for the “breach of trust.”

Looking Ahead: Opportunities for German Leadership

On the occasion of the AICGS 30th Anniversary Symposium in Berlin on June 12, 2013, Founding Director, Dr. Gerald Livingston, proposed a set of four core issues for Germany as a global leader. He argues that these issues avoid claims of hegemonic aspirations and therefore, are prime opportunities for whatever German government emerges after the September elections.

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?