Fresh Start or False Dawn?





Dec 16, 2021


Fresh Start or False Dawn?

Prospects for U.S.-German Relationsin the Post-Merkel Era

December 16, 2021, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST // 17:00 - 18:00 CET


Kai Oppermann,Professor of International Politics, Chemnitz University of Technology &DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

The pieces in U.S.-German relations are in flux. The Biden administration has been clear that it wishes to rejuvenate America’s relationship to its European partners, while the incoming “traffic light” coalition in Germany creates an opening for change in German foreign and security policy. At the same time, expectations of a significant boost to U.S.-German relations can easily be overstated. Structural differences in outlook between the United States and Germany on major transatlantic issues will likely persist, and both governments will be preoccupied with difficult domestic challenges. What are the prospects, under these circumstances, for U.S.-German alignment on pressing international problems, such as relations with China, European security, or climate change? The seminar will discuss initial findings from a research project that seeks to map areas of foreign and security policy convergence and divergence between the Biden administration and the next German government. The discussion builds on more than twenty interviews with foreign and security policy experts in Washington, DC.

This webinar will convene via Zoom. AICGS will contact registrants before the webinar with the access link. Contact Ms. Elizabeth Caruth Hotary at with any questions. This webinar is supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (FF).




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