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Guest Lecture: “The State of the Transatlantic Alliance in the Age of Trump”

With President Trump calling the Transatlantic Alliance “obsolete,” what might happen to its member states? Jackson Janes (PhD ’76) visits campus May 2 for a discussion of this critical topic and its potential consequences for the global strategic chessboard.

This event is free and open to the public.

Portrait of Jackson Janes
Jackson Janes

Janes is the President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, where he has been affiliated since 1989.

At CGU, he received his doctoral training in international relations.

A key nation in the transatlantic alliance’s future is Germany, and Janes has long been associated with both academic and political institutions in that country for more than four decades.

Among his many posts, Janes has served as the Director of the German-American Institute in Tübingen (1977-1980) before directing the European office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Bonn (1980-1985). Before joining AICGS, he served as Director of Program Development at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (1986-1988). He was also Chair of the German Speaking Areas in Europe Program at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC, from 1999-2000 and President of the International Association for the Study of German Politics from 2005-2010.

His other professional achievements include serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Atlantic Council of the United States. He also serves on a number of advisory boards and has lectured widely throughout Europe and the United States as well as publishing and offering commentary to a number of media outlets about political developments, especially in Germany.

Of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid for a fourth term, Janes warned in The Globalist that Merkel “will face challenges which cumulatively come to those long in public office or in the public eye. They become targets of those in opposition who are simply frustrated by the longevity of a winning political leader.”

Among his many other distinctions and awards, in 2005 Janes was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany’s highest civilian award.