Countering the Islamic State in Germany and Abroad: German-American Policy Options

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Countering the Islamic State in Germany and Abroad: German-American Policy Options

On May 25, 2017, the Transatlantic Academy published a policy brief by Bosch Public Policy Fellows Christopher S. Chivvis and Guido Steinberg, entitled "Countering the Islamic State in Germany and Abroad: German-American Policy Options."

With the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) inspiring, encouraging, and directing attacks across the country in 2016, Germany faces its most serious threat from transnational terrorism groups since the 1970s. Close German–American cooperation is essential to countering this threat. The United States has an interest in this cooperation, as Americans and American installations in Germany are targets for terrorists, as is transatlantic air travel, and Germany could contribute a great deal more than it currently does to global counterterrorism efforts. For its part, Germany should centralize its fragmented security architecture under the central government and strengthen its intelligence and police services. European cooperation on Schengen border controls and between intelligence and police services is also essential. Germany should also support an international diplomatic, financial, and military campaign to roll back IS.

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