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AGI Profiles: Nils Hilmer

State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense Nils Hilmer, a member of the Social Democratic Party, was appointed State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense in March 2023. …

German-Israeli Relations on the 75th Anniversary of the State of Israel

Israeli-German relations have come a long way. On its 75th birthday on April 26, 2023, the State of Israel plans to host the chief pilot of the Luftwaffe in the …

Balancing Act

What Scholz and Pistorius’ rhetoric tells us about the future of the Zeitenwende Much has changed in Germany over the past year as Berlin has embarked on a journey to …

Worth the Wait?

The development and potential impact of Germany’s forthcoming national security strategy It’s almost here. After missing the promised delivery target of December 2022 and the backup deadline of the 2023 …

AGI Profiles: Andreas Michaelis

State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office Andreas Michaelis currently serves as a state secretary in the German Federal Foreign Office, a position he has held since January 2022. Over the course …

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Shaping Foreign Policy

Germany’s “Feminist” Approach to the War on Ukraine The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. “As long as …

No Vodka for Lunch

Germany’s Feminist Foreign Policy as Part of the Zeitenwende Reports about German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock’s first visit to Moscow on January 18, 2022, recorded that she told Russian foreign …

Olaf Scholz: The Indispensable Element of a Sustainable China Strategy

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz travels to Washington on March 3, at a peak of transatlantic focus on supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s aggression. President Biden’s bold visit to …

Cluster Headache

What one headline from Munich reveals about Germany a year into the war in Ukraine The 2023 Munich Security Conference produced several significant storylines. In general, Western leaders demonstrated unity …

AGI Profiles: Boris Pistorius

Federal Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius currently serves as the German Federal Minister of Defense. Appointed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on January 17, 2023, Pistorius succeeded Christine Lambrecht following her …

Orbán’s Enablers

German Conservatives and the EU Council’s Unanimity On December 12, 2022, as the first news of Eva Kaili’s arrest and “Qatargate,” the European Parliament’s first major corruption scandal, broke, Hungarian …

An Anniversary for the Ampel Coalition

The End of the Beginning Tradition holds that the first anniversary in marriage is symbolized by paper on which the future will be written. The governing coalition in Berlin is …

Feet to the Fire

Critique, Accountability, and Evolution in Germany’s Emerging Security Policy Debate If, after his Zeitenwende speech on February 27, Chancellor Olaf Scholz believed he had done enough to cement his legacy …

Restarting the Franco-German Engine

After months of very visible frostiness, the Franco-German tandem is working on a reset: Berlin and Paris have realized they cannot afford the relationship to degrade further. Regardless of shifts in …