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Forging Bridges through dialogue on the Transatlantic Digital Disconnect

Signs of finding a common ground with the new agreement “Privacy Shield” and passing of the Judicial Redress Act

Transatlantic relations are strong, albeit with some 21st Century challenges. Both the European Union and the United States are striving to create digital economies. It’s still unclear if these digital markets can fully integrated. There are a number of “tangled issues”, like the protection of privacy rights, freedom of speech and national security that pose a challenge in finding the right balance when trying to construct a policy framework. A lot is at stake. more…

Jeanene Lairo | Event Reports | February 17, 2016

Setting the Agenda for 2016

A Discussion with KAS Expert Hans-Hartwig Blomeier

Looking to begin the New Year with fruitful transatlantic debate and discourse the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted a reception at which KAS London Director Hans-Hartwig Blomeier led the discussion over a potential “Brexit” and many of its consequences. Sixty experts from think-tanks, government, and the private sector joined Mr. Blomeier in engaging the pertinent questions of EU reform, geopolitical implications of a “Brexit,” and more. more…

Justin Lakamper | Event Reports | January 22, 2016

Data or Dogma? A Senate hearing on the human impact on climate change

Hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

In the context of the Paris Climate Conference COP21 the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness of the U.S. Senate held a hearing on the matter. On December 8 2015 Senator Ted Cruz chaired a hearing with the title “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”. The Republican Majority invited four witnesses to testify about the existence of climate change and its impact. more…

January 5, 2016

USA: The European Partner in Crisis

Aware of the success of the transatlantic partnership, the U.S. values a strong, coherent European role in the enforcement of its foreign policy interests. The U.S. is therefore currently looking on with worry at a Europe that not only seems to be struggling with challenges such as the refugee crisis or the Ukraine conflict but is even in danger of becoming destabilized by them. more…

Dr. Lars Hänsel, Nikolas Ott | International Reports | December 30, 2015

The Paris Agreement and the Future of International Climate Policy


On December 12, 2015, 195 countries reached a historic international climate agreement in Paris. Universally applicable and lasting in nature, the deal provides a framework for the future of international action against climate change. Making his first public appearance since the agreement was finalized, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern reviewed the Paris agreement at the Center for American Progress on December 15, 2015. The discussion was moderated by Pete Ogden, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. more…

December 23, 2015