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Jackson Janes

Executive Director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C.

Jackson Janes is executive director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C. He joined the AICGS in 1989 and has served as executive director since 1994.

Mr. Janes serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Bundestag Intern Network (ABIN) in Washington D.C. and on the Advisory Board of the Allied Museum in Berlin.

In 1985, Mr. Janes was invited to carry out a nationwide survey on the status of German Studies in American colleges and universities. His findings were published by the German Marshall Fund in 1986 under the title “Mixed Messages: The Study of Contemporary Germany in the United States.”

Between 1980 and 1985, he served as director of the European Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to this he was Director of the German-American Institute in Tübingen since 1977.

Mr. Janes has lectured throughout Germany and the United States and has published articles and op-ed pieces on topics dealing with Germany, German-American relations and transatlantic affairs. In addition to regular commentary given to German and American news radio, he has appeared on CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, CBC and on German television.

He holds a B.A. in sociology from Colgate University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Claremont Graduate School.

Articles by Jackson Janes

Merkel: One More Time

In 2017, German Chancellor Merkel will assume the helm of her troubled country – for the fourth time. Unless she decides not to run.

September 18, 2016

How to Deal With the Return of Hard Power Politics in Europe

Putin’s actions require a new double-track decision by the West.

December 4, 2014

Twentieth Century Milestones in 2014

Can we use the milestones and guideposts of the past century to deal with current choices?

February 9, 2014

Merkel’s European Message

Why must Germany step up its game if Europe is to survive its crisis?

November 1, 2011

Angela Merkel, Mick Jagger and the European Diplomacy Game

What do the EU members need to learn if they want to get what they need — and if they can't always get what they want?

November 1, 2010

Balancing Political Checkbooks

What can President Obama and Chancellor Merkel learn from each other during their Washington meeting?

November 3, 2009

No Drama Angela

Can Chancellor Angela Merkel maintain her "no-drama" approach to handling the Germany economy?

December 11, 2008

The Russian Challenge

How do U.S.-Russian relations compare to EU-Russian relations?

May 22, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI — From Enforcer to Enabler?

How can the newly elected pope successfully confront future challenges?

April 25, 2005

Benchmarking as a Tool for Alliance Management

How is the U.S. President using his MBA to shape his country's foreign policy?

August 6, 2003