1. What’s Wrong With the Germans? Recently, the U.S. debate on Germany’s international role has become ever more critical. The American image of Germany that has emerged is one of a country profiting from an open economic order, but not being keen on increasing domestic demand; a country accepting the benefits from… Read more >
Watch these clips from this panel from the AICGS Annual Symposium: Unfortunately Unqualified: The State of U.S. Jobs and Skills (4:56) German-American Cooperation on Fostering U.S. Apprenticeship Programs (3:44) Not Our Problem: Improving the German Apprenticeship Model (2:32) The United States is desperately trying to reduce its unemployment rate. The domestic energy… Read more >
The latest international test scores of American students and adults give low marks in reading, problem-solving, and, especially, math. It appears we are still nowhere near our peers in Tokyo, Shanghai, or Helsinki. This has triggered a familiar debate between those seeking comprehensive education reform and others who would rather point out… Read more >
The two major headlines from the past weekend—Democrats use the “nuclear option” by changing the Senate’s filibuster rules, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry secures a deal temporarily halting the Iranian nuclear program—appear to be unrelated despite an obvious word. One is a partisan issue of mostly domestic, including constitutional, relevance;… Read more >
Cutting across policy areas, energy security decision-making has become a necessity in the twenty-first century. Having important consequences for climate and space policy, domestic and transatlantic debates over energy policy include inherent risks that have eluded international efforts. In Energy and Security Risks: A Transatlantic Comparison, the authors address these intertwined consequences… Read more >
Julia Lange is a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg, Germany and a Visiting Fellow at AICGS from November 2013 to March 2014. In her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Rohr, she examines the interrelation between the politics of memory of German-American institutions and the Holocaust discourse on both sides… Read more >
Germany has become Europe’s industrial powerhouse. It is the region’s leading exporter and sets the tone for economic policy in the euro zone. The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) is pleased to invite you to a workshop to examine both the successes and vulnerabilities of the country’s economic model, including the framework of the German industrial relations system, its actors, and the effects of the current German trade surplus on relations with the U.S. and other European currencies.
After Ukraine’s recent turn toward Russia, Germany has stepped up to remind Eastern Europe and Russia that these states have the independence to choose their own allegiances. Writing in a recent CNN opinion editorial, Ulrich Speck, a contributor to AICGS’ analysis, explains how this step toward Russia benefits the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich,… Read more >