January 10, 2019

Wait Just a Minute: Karen Donfried

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, German Marshall Fund president and former member of the National Security Council, Karen Donfried answers questions on a post-Merkel Germany, if Russia can be contained without the United States, and why Americans should care about European affairs.

Wait Just a Minute: Karen Donfried


Is Germany ready for Angela Merkel's departure?

What we've seen recently is that German voters seem that they are ready for a post-Merkel Germany. We saw diminishing support for Merkel and her party in last fall's election, and in two recent state elections in Germany, her party and her sister party did not do well.

Can Europe contain Russia without the United States?

The US security guarantee to our European allies is a critical factor in deterring Russia from engaging in any aggressive military action.

Why should Americans care about European affairs?

The largest trade and investment relationship in the world is the the one between the United States and the European Union. Investment on both sides of the Atlantic create about 15 million jobs.

What's the best book you've read recently?

A book by Robert Kagan called The Jungle Grows Back. It's an evocative title! It's about the US role in the world.

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| By Ivo H. Daalder

America’s Election and the World

After a summer of transformational change, the Council on Global Affairs is thrilled to kick off its fall season of insightful programming with a focus on real, impactful conversations on the all-important issue of America’s role in the world, writes Council President Ivo H. Daalder.



Global Cities and the Olympics

Hosting the Olympics is a shameful endeavor, says Council Research Associate Brandon Richardson. New infrastructure does not make up for complicity in human rights abuses.


| By Richard C. Longworth

Globalization’s Political Earthquake

Distinguished Fellow Richard Longworth argues that the Democratic and Republican parties are due for an epochal political transformation as globalization lays bare the divide between each party's "haves" and "have-nots."




Rio’s Global Moment

Despite all the challenges, hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics is an extraordinary moment for Rio de Janeiro, argues Juliana Kerr. The city has accomplished more in the years preparing to host the Olympics than it ever could have without being awarded this international honor, and the investments are crucial to its future as a global city.


| By Sara McElmurry

Rural Illinois’ Reason for Reform

Keenes, the nation's top producer of pumpkins, was the top Illinois city requesting H-2As—visas for temporary agricultural workers—in 2014, demonstrating the extent to which immigration is a lifeline across the rural Midwest.


What Will the 2016 Election Mean for Iran?

What would a presidential victory by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton mean for the future of the Iran deal? Career ambassadors Thomas Pickering and James F. Jeffrey weigh in.





What Does the Iran Deal Mean for Nuclear Nonproliferation?

Today marks the the one-year anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal signing. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has complied with its initial obligations of reducing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and undertaking revisions of its nuclear facilities. But what has the deal meant for nuclear nonproliferation? Career ambassadors James F. Jeffrey and Thomas Pickering weigh in.


| By Ivo H. Daalder

The New Demagoguery

Remarks on the future of Europe and America delivered by Council President Ivo Daalder upon his acceptance of an honorary doctorate in civil law, awarded by the University of Kent, July 13, 2016.