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  • Nord Stream 2: The Dead-End of Germany’s Ostpolitik

    von Stefan Meister
    Berlin Policy Journal, 20. Februar 2019

    The fight about the pipeline was supposed to give Germany cause to rethink its foreign-policy. Instead, Berlin is supporting a project that will hurt its credibility.

  • Deterrence and Arms Control

    Europe’s Security without the INF Treaty: Political and Strategic Options for Germany and NATO

    von Christian Mölling, Heinrich Brauß | Arms Control and WMD
    DGAPkompakt 2 (February 2019), 4 pp.

    Deterrence and Arms Control

    In response to Russia’s breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US will withdraw from the accord. As a result, Europe loses a central pillar of its security. Russia’s threat potential rises due to its intermediate-range missiles. They could split NATO into two zones of security and lead Moscow to assume it holds escalation dominance. Germany and NATO should review their defense policy options. NATO’s unity and credible deterrence, complemented by dialogue with Moscow, are key.

  • Us and U.S.?

    Not all in Europe want to be a “counterweight” to Donald Trump’s United States

    von Jana Puglierin | Europe-USA
    Berlin Policy Journal, Eye on Europe, September 4, 2018

    Germany wants a unified Europe that speaks to the US government with a strong voice. Foreign Minister Maas is right to call for a strong Europe. But first Germany needs to strengthen its commitment to EU security and defense policy.

  • Is Trump Wrong About NATO?

    Judy asks Daniela Schwarzer and other experts

    von Daniela Schwarzer | NATO
    Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe Blog, July 11, 2018, Carnegie Europe

    As part of her “Strategic Europe” blog for Carnegie Europe’s website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP’s Director Daniela Schwarzer, wether Trump is wrong about NATO.

  • Trump’s new ambassador to Germany should ruffle fewer feathers

    von Heidi Obermeyer
    The Hill, 10.05.2018

  • How Donald Trump drives Europe towards China

    von Philipp Liesenhoff | United States of America, Economy and Finance

    The US under Trump is presenting itself to Europe as a less attractive ally for trade and climate policy, and China as a more attractive one, a German foreign policy expert writes.

  • Mind the Gap

    How France and Germany Can Spearhead Joint Foreign Policy Initiatives Now

    von Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin, Laure Delcour, Barbara Kunz, Stefan Meister, Andreas Rinke, Frédéric Charillon, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Dorothée Schmid | France
    DGAPkompakt 4b (April 2018), 16 pp., Updated and extended version

    Mind the Gap

    Given the current instability on Europe's borders and uncertainty about the international role of the US under President Trump, it is high time for Franco-German foreign policy initiatives. However, differences between the two, both on policy issues and in their strategic cultures, also limit their cooperation. This study shows how France and Germany can bridge - and exploit - these gaps to facilitate joint initiatives on four key topics: Russia, transatlantic relations, Syria and Turkey.

  • Atlanticist and “Post-Atlanticist” Wishful Thinking

    von Jana Puglierin, Hans Kundnani | Transatlantic Relations
    The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Policy Essay No. 01/2018, January 3, 2018

    Atlanticist and “Post-Atlanticist” Wishful Thinking

    The publication of an Atlanticist manifesto by a group of leading German foreign policy analysts has prompted a lively debate about whether or not Germany, and by extension the European Union, should “preserve” the transatlantic partnership or decouple itself from the United States and pursue a “post-Atlanticist” foreign policy.

  • The Ties That Bind

    von Henning Riecke, Alin Polyakova | Transatlantic Relations
    Atlantic Council, September 27, 2017

    As German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters her fourth term in office, the US-German relationship will need to overcome trade and policy disagreements in order to thrive in today’s uncertain political climate.

  • Trump’s Non-Governmental Organization

    von Josef Braml | United States of America, Transatlantic Relations
    DGAPstandpunkt 9 (September 2017), 3 pages.

    Trump’s Non-Governmental Organization

    Trump’s actions may appear impulsive and erratic, but there is method in the madness.

  • When Worlds Collide

    US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand for conflicting conceptions of the West.

    von Jana Puglierin | Transatlantic Relations
    Berlin Policy Journal, July 2017

    US President Trump’s understanding of the West, as sketched out in his Warsaw speech, is actually very Polish – or rather, PiS-ish. Meanwhile, Angela Merkel’s West is a place where people share certain fundamental political beliefs, including liberal democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and gender equality

  • Foreign Policy and the Next German Government

    Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies

    von Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld | Germany, International Policy/Relations
    DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.

    Foreign Policy and the Next German Government

    A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).

  • Frau Merkel Means What Frau Merkel Says

    Europeans have their destiny in their own hands, but transatlantic ties still matter

    von Jana Puglierin | Europe, Transatlantic Relations
    Globe and Mail (Toronto), May 31, 2017

    Frau Merkel Means What Frau Merkel Says

    Angela Merkel's "beer-tent speech" was not intended to throw transatlantic relations onto the dust heap of history. Her point, rather, was to stress that holding the EU-27 together is her number-one priority. By saying that the Europeans had their destiny “in their own hands,” she made the case for a stronger EU and a more active Germany.

  • Assessing the 2017 Munich Security Conference

    The liberal order is under unprecedented pressure

    von Daniela Schwarzer, Sylke Tempel † | Security

    Assessing the 2017 Munich Security Conference

    The stakes were high, expectations even higher at this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC): The liberal order, created by the United States after World War II, is under pressure, not least – ironically enough – from the new US administration. The social, political, and economic consequences of technological innovation are enormous. And there is, at least in Western liberal democracies, a growing sense of uncertainty. Did the 53rd MSC provide some orientation?

  • Trump, the EU, and Iran Policy

    Multiple Pathways Ahead

    von Cornelius Adebahr | Iran, Security
    Carnegie Europe, January 31, 2017, 12 pp (In English)

    The Trump administration’s unclear and conflicting views on Iran could jeopardize the nuclear deal and threaten critical relations with European allies.

  • New Deals for the Old Continent

    From the January-February Berlin Policy Journal

    von Daniela Schwarzer | Western World, Transatlantic Relations
    Berlin Policy Journal, January February 2017

    New Deals for the Old Continent

    Europe is bracing for a new US president whose foreign policy objectives are measured solely by American interests. As the new director of the DGAP's research institute writes, "damage control" is not the only answer: Europe has to take its fate into its own hands.

  • Putin and Trump: Can There Be a Reset?

    President-elect Trump’s relationship with Putin is likely to run into obstacles.

    von Stefan Meister

    Putin and Trump: Can There Be a Reset?

    American president-elect Donald Trump may succeed where previous presidents have failed – he might create a close working relationship with Russia. But this friendship is built on a foundation of shared contempt for international norms, and is anything but stable.

  • First They Came for the TPP

    President-elect Donald Trump has suggested alarming changes to American trade policy

    von Claudia Schmucker, Rachel Herp-Tausendfreund

    First They Came for the TPP

    It’s still too early to say which of American President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises will actually become policy – but with TPP, TTIP, China, and NAFTA all in the cross hairs, significant change is almost certain. Here’s how a few scenarios on the future of trade might play out.

  • Europe’s President

    Why the “old continent” will miss Barack Obama

    von Jana Puglierin, Christopher S. Chivvis

    Star-struck in 2008, a lot of Europeans are now grumbling about the outgoing US president. In fact, there’s hardly ever been a more European leader in the White House. Germany in particular should brace itself for bumpier transatlantic relations ahead.

  • Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in Syria

    Signalling a shift in its approach to international law

    von Eric Langland | Europe, Law of War
    DGAPkompakt 14 (June 2016), 5 pp.

    Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in Syria

    After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November, President Hollande somewhat surprisingly invoked Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty – the EU’s mutual assistance clause – instead of NATO’s Article 5 to win European support for the military campaign against ISIS in Syria. Germany’s Bundestag answered the call, voting in December to authorize military support. By championing Lisbon’s assistance clause, Germany sent a clear signal to its fellow member states in support of European common defense.