The Chain Gang formed in 1999, when all the band members were IBM employees and part of the Integrated Supply Chain organization. Thus, the band was fitting for the 19th Annual Global Leadership Award Dinner (GLAD), honoring Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM. Playing their specialty, popular tunes from the 50s to …Read More

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew I. Port of Wayne State University, the recipient of the 2013 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies for his outstanding academic work in the field of Humanities.  Dr. Port’s book Conflict and Stability in the German Democratic Republic (also available in German translation) offers a careful analysis …Read More

AICGS congratulates Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, on receiving the 2013 Global Leadership Award from the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Each year, AICGS recognizes the achievements of business pioneers and government leaders who have profoundly shaped the partnership between Germany and the United States. The award highlights the …Read More

With the repeated history of repressive surveillance practices ingrained into cultural memory, Germany seems to know this narrative well. Malte Lehming is a frequent contributor and participant at AICGS whose recent essay in Der Tagesspiegel* suggests that there has been a subtle transformation of the “never-do-evil” logic into a “never-allow-evil” strain. Construing Edward Snowden no …Read More

Trust is above all other elements in international diplomacy, and the host of leaked U.S. electronic surveillance programs have sunk German-American relations lower than during the crisis over the Iraq war in 2003. In his recent New York Times opinion, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger points to “bad management and hubris” as this crisis’ driving problem. An …Read More

States only have interests, and although even friends spy on each other, the NSA has applied its technological prowess without thought to the consequences. In short, post-9/11 paranoia has brought about a devastating “We do it because we can” attitude. Writing in The Guardian on November 1, 2013, Josef Joffe is the Editor of Die …Read More