AICGS congratulates Ralph Buehler, associate professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia campus, on recently being awarded the “Best Paper on a Topic Addressing Climate Change Issues” by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy. Dr. Buehler was an …Read More

In Germany, the unemployment rate today is lower than it was at the beginning of the recession in 2008. The country has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU—around 5.2 percent, if you believe Google. What is particularly remarkable about Germany’s unemployment rate is how much the youth contribute to these favorable statistics. …Read More

Following President Obama’s exclusive interview with ZDF on Friday, Senior Editor of Der Tagesspiegel Malte Lehming noted that the German media largely characterized the president’s remarks as “too vague, too little, [and with] no change in course.” While criticizing the obvious and awkward charm offensive, Lehming argues that the president should have emphasized the changing …Read More

Joe Joffe’s latest book (Liverlight Publishing, 2013) is a modern day version of what Alexis de Tocqueville attempted some one hundred and eighty years ago. Both authors grapple with the unique path of the United States on the world stage. But, where Tocqueville was projecting what the U.S. would become, Joffe takes a look at …Read More

Elected to the AICGS Board of Trustees in November 2013, Ulf M. “Mark” Schneider has been the President and CEO of Fresenius Group since May 28, 2003. He joined Fresenius in November 2001 and served as Chief Financial Officer of Fresenius Medical Care before assuming his current position. Previously, he was Group Finance Director for …Read More

This week, CDU politician Philipp Mißfelder was named Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation in the Field of Intersocietal Relations, Cultural and Information Policy, a position within the Federal Foreign Office. Taking over for FDP member Harald Leibrecht, who has held this post since July 2011, Mißfelder will serve as the new Grand Coalition’s primary liaison with …Read More

In this review, AICGS Senior Research Program Associate Parke Nicholson discusses Ian Buruma’s Year Zero: A History of 1945 (Penguin Press, 2013). Writing for The Diplomat this past December, Mr. Nicholson notes the book’s insights into German and Japanese post-war reconciliation. Although moderate parties benefited from both Germans’ and Japanese citizens’ desire for stability, Germany’s …Read More

Predicting a continuation of the euro area’s “tranquil period,” barring any excessive complacency, Jacob Funk Kirkegaard addresses the significant economic challenges for 2014 in his most recent blog post. Warning that a disproportionate turnout among euroskeptic voters may – but is unlikely to – hijack the European Parliament (EP) election, Kirkegaard unpacks the reasoning behind …Read More

We have recently added a new valuable study to our bookshelf: Holding the Shop Together (Cornell University Press, 2013) is a study on German industrial relations in the postwar era by Stephen Silvia, associate professor at American University and a former fellow here at the institute. Silvia’s book explores the evolution of the particular way …Read More

In conducting our research and analysis, the Institute’s staff and affiliated research fellows are continuously reviewing and writing original and innovative assessments of the issues on our agenda. We intend to share those resources with our readers in this new addition to the Institute’s web site under the rubric: “From the AICGS Bookshelf.” We will …Read More