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German-American defense and security ties and the NATO alliance are critical to meeting modern threats. Moving past the traditional threats found in earlier years, today’s concerns range from rouge states, to cybersecurity, to terrorism, and more. German-American cooperation is essential.
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Security Breach at Target Corp Highlights Importance of Research on Cyber Security

This morning, Target Corps released that there has been a security breach, and about 40 million credit and debit cards have been accessed from customers of Target stores (not online) …

Will There Be Another Generation of Atlanticists?

An Aging Partnership In November 2013, Victoria Nuland gave her first public speech as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. …

Cyber Policy in Germany and the U.S.: Challenges in an Emerging Policy Field

Introduction: Digitization as Political Challenge As Tessier Stall notes, “[c]yberspace is both the playground and the battleground of the future.”[1] Digitization is a great opportunity for society and modern information …

Has Germany Become NATO’s “Lost Nation”? Prospects for a Reinvigorated German NATO Policy

1. What’s Wrong With the Germans? Recently, the U.S. debate on Germany’s international role has become ever more critical. The American image of Germany that has emerged is one of …

Shaping Transatlantic Solutions: Challenges of the 2012 and 2013 Elections

The U.S. elections in 2012 and the German elections in 2013 demonstrate that, despite their geographic distance, the two countries are confronted by both similar and shared problems: debt crises, …

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Why Germans Enjoy Being the Intelligence Community’s Victim

With the repeated history of repressive surveillance practices ingrained into cultural memory, Germany seems to know this narrative well. Malte Lehming is a frequent contributor and participant at AGI whose …

Restoring Transatlantic Trust

Trust is above all other elements in international diplomacy, and the host of leaked U.S. electronic surveillance programs have sunk German-American relations lower than during the crisis over the Iraq …

The NSA Has Harmed Transatlantic Relations More Than Any al-Qaida Operative Could

States only have interests, and although even friends spy on each other, the NSA has applied its technological prowess without thought to the consequences. In short, post-9/11 paranoia has brought …

The U.S. and German Approach to Non-Proliferation: Influencing States’ Decisions to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear proliferation is not a diminishing problem; rather, it possesses an increasingly significant threat to global security in the twenty-first century. The United States and Germany are committed to the …

Bericht aus Berlin: Dr. Janes Comments on NSA

In a recent segment on ARD, “NSA Wiretapping Scandal: How Disgusted are Germans Allowed to Be?” AGI President Dr. Jackson Janes comments (starting at 3:45) on the personal dynamics of …

Merkel’s American Minders

American credibility has reached all time lows, as mounting revelations depict the U.S. attitude toward even allies as mistrusting. Commenting that this “serious transatlantic rift [comes] at a time when …

I Find the Issue Exceedingly Embarrassing

Interviewing with Deutschlandfunk, AGI Trustee and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Kornblum gave context to the growing revelations of U.S. surveillance in Germany and around the world. In light …