A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement

About the Project

AICGS is pleased to announce a new project entitled “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” which engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of global issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. The 3-year project is funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). A group of eight participants per program area and project year (July 1 – June 30) come together with AICGS project leaders during two virtual meetings (video conferences) and two conferences in Washington, DC. AICGS has identified one overarching theme in each of its program areas:

  • Foreign & Domestic Policy: the Transatlantic Partnership in the Global Order
  • Society, Culture & Politics: Civil Society, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
  • Business & Economics: Economic and Monetary Union and European Integration

During the course of the project year each program area convenes one group and holds two virtual meetings. The two conferences will bring all three groups together in a day-long, joint discussion followed by a day of site visits in Washington, DC. In addition, AICGS will feature several blogs by the participants on their topic of expertise; participants will identify policy recommendations to address or solve the issues of concern that will be presented at the final conference; and the project ends each year with a final publication and a briefing on the project results in Berlin with a few select participants as well as local experts in the areas of politics, economics, and the media.

Group Leaders:

  • Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Senior Fellow and Director SCP Program, AICGS (Society, Culture, & Politics Program)
  • Dr. Jackson Janes, President AICGS (Foreign & Domestic Policy Program)
  • Elke Kallenbach, Minister Counselor, Head of Finance Section German Embassy (Business & Economics Program)

For questions about this project, please contact Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants, AICGS, at sdieper@aicgs.org.


Transatlantic Politics

To distinguish between risk and uncertainty, two concepts dating back to economist Frank Knight (1921) have become popular in financial policy analyses in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-09.

Growing Populism in the U.S. and Germany

Seemingly in all corners of the world right-wing populism is rising. A more chauvinistic renationalization of politics, criticism of free trade regimes and globalization…

Russia and Germany in Crimea: The Irony of History

History sometimes likes to play games of irony, counting on our short memory. One such irony is revealed in the context of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Mending Fences Online: The United States, Germany, and the Need for a Common Cyber Agenda

Stating the obvious, namely defining the forthcoming U.S. election as historic, trailblazing, and of global relevance…

Options for a Larger German Role to Help with the Iraqi Displacement Crisis

Addressing civilians’ needs in Iraq remains a key task of the U.S.-led Global Coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant…

U.S. Elections: Impact on the European Economy

Ten days after Donald Trump was elected president, the impact on the global and the European economy is still hard to predict.

What a Trump Win Would Mean for the European Economy

On November 8, 2016, Americans will decide whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the president of Europe’s most important trade and investment partner.

The Voices from Below: Who is Civil Society?

In its most basic sense, civil society is an analytical concept denoting a domain of collective life above the individual but below the state…

Don’t Shut the Blinds: Now is the time for more, not less transatlantic exchange!

Waking up on November 9 to the news of Donald Trump’s victory was a shock—not just for the progressive side of American politics…

Can the Transatlantic Relationship Survive the Populist Storm?

I feel lucky that my career has taken place during a dynamic period in the relationship between the U.S. and Europe.

Make Him Look Good!: Europeans should play to Donald Trump’s penchant for power – against their own instincts.

How should Europe deal with Donald Trump?

Wait and See: Advice for European Policymakers

Wait and see. That is the best advice I can give to German and European policymakers regarding the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump.

The Sustainability of Transatlantic Growth

In the current climate of rising populism—or what Mark Blyth calls “global Trumpism”—the United States and Germany remain key engines of the global economy.

Germany is One of America’s Most Important European Allies, the Next President Must Understand Why

The transatlantic community is understandably concerned about the shocking election of Donald J. Trump as the next U.S. president.

All is Not Lost: How a Trump Presidency May Fall Short of European Fears

President-elect Donald Trump remains over a month away from being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States…

U.S. Deradicalization Needs Trump Simplistic Approaches to Jihadi Dilemmas

In mid-November 2016, Minnesota U.S. District Judge Mike Davis handed down sentences to nine defendants, all young Somali-Americans…

Don’t Shut the Blinds: Now is the time for more, not less transatlantic exchange!

Waking up on November 9 to the news of Donald Trump’s victory was a shock-not just for the progressive side of American politics…

The Long-Term Impact of the U.S. Elections on the German-American Relationship

The U.S. election is over, but with regard to the future of German-American cooperation, it has provided more questions than answers.

Repercussions of Brexit Probably Won’t Occur in Time to Dissuade Other Anti-EU Voters

2016 has seen significant upheaval and sets the stage for an even bumpier 2017.

Trump’s Potential Upheaval to Israel Policy

On December 15, 2016, President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated his former bankruptcy lawyer, David Friedman, to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Despite Trump, Germany Should Not Fall for “Equidistance”

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has sent shockwaves through Berlin.

Working Against Mental Shortcuts
Learning to Value Different and Complex World Views

“This is how the Americans truly are…” is a sentence we keep hearing in Germany these days.


Date: 10/24/2016 — 10/25/2016
Type: ,
Location: AICGS
1755 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20036 United States

The first conference of “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. Young leaders in the fields of foreign and domestic policy; society, culture, and politics; and business and economics will come together to address challenges facing the United States and Germany and answer one overarching question: why do we need each other for what goals and with which instruments?

The eight participants of the Society, Culture & Politics Program group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 30, 2016. The topic of discussion was Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation.


The eight participants of the Business & Economics Program group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 16, 2016. The discussion focused on the lessons of recent economic crises as well as future challenges for the American and European economies. Among the questions the group confronted were how we see the problems emerging on both sides of the Atlantic and whether we have adequate tools to fix them.

The eight participants of the Foreign & Domestic Policy group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 7, 2016. The aim of the meeting was to lay out the areas of focus, identify potential conflicts for the transatlantic relationship, and to find solutions to address the issues of concern.


Information regarding the project publication will be added as it becomes available.

Project News


Global Responsibility

How Do Germany and the United States Engage with One Another to Address International Problems?
on Oct 24, 2016