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Analysis & Opinions - Phoenix

Putin's Russia: How is the West Responding?

| Apr. 22, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning the West. In his State of the Union address, he announced that he would react swiftly and harshly if provoked by other countries. Relations between Russia, the US, and the EU are strained, and there are several points of contention: the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and Putin's actions against his imprisoned critic, Alexei Navalny. 

How can the so-called East-West conflict be defused? What hope is there for normalization of the US-Russia relationship under President Joe Biden? [translated from German; interview in German]

President Joe Biden

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Analysis & Opinions - Hessischer Rundfunk

New Ways, Old Strengths? Joe Biden's America

| Apr. 16, 2021

If you do something, do it right! Joe Biden's presidency has begun with massive investments: Biden is investing almost two trillion dollars in the fight against the coronavirus. He's planning to invest another two trillion towards infrastructure. And he isn't skimping on his promises in the fight against climate change either.  As Biden's vision for America comes forward, the political chaos of the Trump era is moving further into the background. Will the US indeed return to social and political stability under Biden? How will Vice President Kamala Harris proceed? What has become of the concern that the US might descend into civil war? [translated from German; interview in German]

Analysis & Opinions

Setting Foreign Policy Priorities at the Subnational Level

| Apr. 14, 2021

On April 13, the American Council on Germany, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the NVRC, and the Verband Region Stuttgart hosted a discussion with Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Cem Özdemir, Bundestag Member (The Greens) about the subnational dimension of foreign policy. The conversation was moderated by Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Executive Director of The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Director of the ACG’s Eric M. Warburg Chapter in Boston.

(Left-to-right) The Chinese, US, and EU flags overlapping

Thorsten Kirchhoff

Analysis & Opinions - Internationale Politik Quarterly

A Common Front on China? A View from the United States

| Mar. 31, 2021

Strengthening transatlantic democracies requires even more focus and attention today because of the complex interdependence that exists between our countries and China, not in spite of it. Recognizing that we must safeguard liberal democracy from authoritarian influence is not a retroactive worldview, nor is it the basis of an anti-China agenda. Rather, a shared commitment to renewing our democracies is an enduring feature of the transatlantic relationship and should remain so in the years ahead. 

Nicholas Burns on CNN


Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Burns: Putin Doesn’t Deserve to be on the Same Stage as President Joe Biden

| Mar. 19, 2021

"President Biden was right to say what he said: President Putin is an autocrat, and Russia is now an authoritarian dictatorial country." Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, talks about the US's allies and adversaries around the world. 

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden smiles during the vice presidential debate at Centre College October 11, 2012 in Danville, Kentucky.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Guardian

Biden makes friends with 'the west': Politics Weekly Extra

| Mar. 05, 2021

This week, guest host Rafael Behr of the Guardian puts some epoch-defining questions to the former US ambassador to Nato Nicholas Burns. How does the president convince the Europeans that America is reliable? How does Washington begin to engage with Vladimir Putin’s Russia? Does ‘the west’ exist any more?

People holding American Flags

Greg Nash

Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs

| Feb. 25, 2021

Exchanges promote the best of American values. They build U.S. influence and help spread democratic ideals around the globe, strengthen economic and trade interests and provide a unique window into what makes the United States a singularly distinct and exceptional country.