Steve Szabo

Stephen F. Szabo

Senior Fellow

Dr. Stephen F. Szabo is a Senior Fellow at AGI, where he focuses on German foreign and security policies and the new German role in Europe and beyond. Until June 1, he was the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy, a Washington, DC, based forum for research and dialogue between scholars, policy experts, and authors from both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to joining the German Marshall Fund in 2007, Dr. Szabo was Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and taught European Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He served as Professor of National Security Affairs at the National War College, National Defense University (1982-1990). He received his PhD in Political Science from Georgetown University and has been a fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the American Academy in Berlin, as well as serving as Research Director at AGI. In addition to SAIS, he has taught at the Hertie School of Governance, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the University of Virginia. He has published widely on European and German politics and foreign policies, including. The Successor Generation: International Perspectives of Postwar Europeans, The Diplomacy of German Unification, Parting Ways: The Crisis in the German-American Relationship, and Germany, Russia and the Rise of Geo-Economics.

Recent Content


Germany’s Aussenpolik After the Election

The German election of 2017 has produced an unstable government which is unlikely to offer the kind of leadership in foreign and security policy that Europe and the larger West …

Judy Asks: Should Germany Dump Nord Stream 2? Can it?

This is a tough call. Germany has an interest in keeping a Russian stake in the stability of Europe, something President Putin has just emphasized—and he is actually speaking the …

What’s next for the West?

Crises are not new to the transatlantic relationship — the Iraq war and the financial crisis seriously tested the alliance — but things are much worse this time around. Featuring …

Judy Asks: Can Europe Defend Multilateralism?

Featuring Stephen Szabo via Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe on May 17, 2018.

Germany 2030: Scenarios for Germany’s Leadership Role

Key Certainties and Uncertainties Shaping Germany’s Future Role  Both teams identified certainties: Germany will remain Europe’s largest economy and an open democratic polity. Germany will have an aging population. Germany …

Populist Wild Fires are Spreading – Why Now?

Why now? Why are far-right populist wild fires continuing to spread in the U.S. and Europe—and elsewhere around the globe? The latest versions in Europe are a landslide victory of Viktor …

Judy Asks: Does Europe Have a Russia Policy?

Featuring Stephen Szabo via Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe on March 28, 2018.

First Cabinet Meeting Of Merkel IV Government

Merkel 4.0: Bridge to a New Generation of Leaders

Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany for the fourth and, most likely, last time. It was an unpromising start to the end of her political career. In …

Judy Asks: Is Europe Ready for a Trade War with Trump?

Featuring Stephen Szabo via Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe on March 14, 2018.

Judy Asks: Is Europe Turning its Back on Refugees and Migrants?

Featuring Stephen Szabo via Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe on January 17, 2018.

The Danger of Another Grand Coalition: German Democracy and the Dahrendorf Thesis

As the German political parties begin negotiations that could lead to yet another Grand Coalition, they should reread one of the best books written on contemporary German political culture, Ralf …

Is Berlin Becoming Weimar?

The collapse of the talks to form a new German government following the election of seven parties (counting the Bavarian CSU as a party separate from the CDU) to the …