Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Navalny is Merkel’s ‘red line’ crisis

How Merkel responds to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and critiques of support for Nord Stream II will likely have cascading effects on international politics. Germany’s decisions, even on seemingly discrete events, can alter the global balance of power.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Stern

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Cohen quoted in Deutsche Welle on sanctions related to Nord Stream 2

In the News

Economic Sanctions Energy & Environment

Sun, Sep 6, 2020

Has Vladimir Putin poisoned his pet pipeline project?

Germany had long resisted US calls to abandon the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, but the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has now sparked a dramatic shift in German opinion.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Economic Sanctions Geopolitics & Energy Security

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

Navalny, Novichok, and Nord Stream II

The attempted assassination of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny could prove to be the final nail in the coffin of one of Russia’s biggest energy projects: the €9.5 billion ($10.5 billion) Nord Stream II gas pipeline to Germany.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

Geopolitics & Energy Security Germany

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

Can the US and Germany finally see eye to eye on China?

After much too long a time, the political climate towards China and Russia is finally starting to change in Berlin. This is an opportunity for the United States and Germany to re-engage and turn Germany from a weak link in the transatlantic alliance to a reliable partner.

New Atlanticist by Roderick Kefferpütz

China Germany

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Simakovsky interviewed on VOA News about U.S. massive troop pullout from Germany

In the News

Germany National Security

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Experts react: US announces plans for troop withdrawal from Germany

“There may be a strategic case for the withdrawal of almost 12,000 US troops from Germany, but Secretary of Defense Esper’s announcement today does not make it," Daniel Fried says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Defense Policy Germany

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

What hurts NATO the most is not the troop reductions. It’s the divisive approach to Europe.

At the end of the day, the strength of the Alliance lies less in the number of troops deployed than in the trust among allies. Rebuilding that trust should be the main task of those who care about transatlantic relations—and the first step might be restoring the predictability of American foreign policy.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Germany

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

US opens door to Nord Stream II sanctions and transatlantic tensions

While nominally targeting Nord Stream II, Pompeo's sanctions announcement may pit the United States against its NATO ally Germany in a stand-off over the long-disputed project.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole and Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions Germany

Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Germany and Merkel have a shot at making both European and transatlantic history

History rarely provides major countries and their leaders the enormity of the second chance that Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel now enjoy as they begin their six-month European Union presidency.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China European Union