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Memo to the Chancellor

Working with the United States during Germany’s Dual Presidencies

On the occasion of the German EU-Presidency, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation commissioned a report by Dr. Daniel Hamilton - an outstanding scholar and expert on American foreign policy and transatlantic relations.

Noteworthy Books

The Washington office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation has selected a number books from the United States on various topical areas for your consideration this fall and winter. Mit freundlichen vorweihnachtlichen Gruessen,

The Mid-Term Congressional Elections and U.S. Foreign Policy

Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

The election of November 7, 2006 that propelled the Democrats into the majority in both Houses of the U.S. Congress was replete with paradoxes. Few observers believe that the Democrats’ victory was a mandate for a sweeping new program, domestic or foreign. In fact, during the campaign the Democrats, while they did articulate a coherent domestic agenda, were content to criticize the Bush foreign policy without offering a unified position on the leading issue of the day, the Iraq war. The Democrats’ victory was more a repudiation of the Republicans, who had become identified with corruption, economic inequality, and a deeply unpopular war: in short, a feeling that the country was on the wrong track.

Reforming the International Monetary Fund

Studie zur Reform des Internationalen Währungsfonds (Occasional Paper 11/2006)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been suffering a crisis about the direction it is to pursue. Its mission appears to be frayed and not clearly defined. Its instruments are highly concentrated on ex post liquidity assistance without consideration being given to their incentive effects for new currency crises. The member nations’ quotas no longer correspond to current weights in the global economy; and decision-making processes have come under criticism.

End of GOP Revolution

Dems win House

After having been the minorty party in both chambers since their dramatic defeat in the GOP revolution of 1994, the Democrats finally achieved a victory on November 7th, 2006. The Democratic party had to gain at least 15 additional seats from the Republicans to claim the majority in the House...

Another 72 hours - Will Rove do it again?

Weekly Review of the News - October 29 to November 6, 2006

The midterm elections promise to be captivating until the very end: despite a general confidence on the part of the Democrats to gain a majority in the House, their margins are diminishing as the Republicans are catching up in the polls...

Fünf Jahre nach 9/11 - Die Sicherheitspolitik George Bushs in der Diskussion

Think Tank Update September/Oktober 2006

The upcoming midterm elections on November 7 are widely considered to be a referendum on the war in Iraq and the security policy of President Bush. But even before the election results are in, it is already the case that, in view of the ongoing danger of nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea and a strenghtened Al-Qaeda front in Iraq, the "axis of evil" – which George W. Bush had vowed to battle at the beginning of his presidency – is now threatening to derail President Bush's security policy.

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue?

Weekly Review of the News - October 22 to 28, 2006

To weeks before the elections, the Republicans - surprisingly - are prepared for a catastrophe - their defeat, says talk show host Bill Maher...

Got some change for me?

Weekly Review of the News - October 15 to 21, 2006

Three weeks before the midterm elections, the Democrats are facing funding problems, while the Republicans have the fiscal means but lack prospective candidates untainted by scandals. Even though most observers acknowledge future control of the House by the Democratic Party and its considerable chances to also gain a majority in the Senate, both President Bush and Karl Rove remain optimistic.

May Lil' Kim deliver us from Foleygate

Weekly Review of the News - October 8 to 14, 2006

While the Dow reached a five year all-time high during the last week, the Republican Party managed to sink to a new all-time low, says late night talk show host Jay Leno...