Why are observers so supportive of President Joachim Gauck, when not four years ago then-president Horst Köhler was harshly criticized and ultimately forced out of office for attempting to spur increased German participation in international security? Answering this question, Robert A. Pollard focuses on a persistent, incremental change in German elite opinion on the matter. …Read More

Identifying and deconstructing Germans’ increasingly negative outlook on Russia and President Vladimir Putin, Hannes Adomeit notes a turn in perceptions in the early 2000s as the German public became disillusioned with Russia’s growing authoritarianism and corruption—contrasting with the prevailing perspective on Putin at the time as a laudable, democratic leader. Faulting not “Russia bashing,” but …Read More

The effort to create a European community of nations and peoples is one of the most important experiments in world history. On a continent shaped by war and conflict for centuries, the past sixty years stand out as tribute to the ongoing commitment to building the European Union we know today. Understanding that evolution has …Read More

After a watershed series of events in Ukraine that saw President Yanukovych fleeing Kiev, the country is on the road to a new government, yet also in a precarious position ahead of imminent economic disaster. Although the United States, Germany, France, and Poland’s collective action was crucial, former AICGS fellow Ulrich Speck warns that the …Read More

Currently accepting applications and papers, the International Summer School “Societies in Transition. Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe between Conflict and Reconciliation” will be held from August 22-28, 2014  at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS). AICGS Society, Culture, and Politics Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman will lecture at the Summer School, which …Read More

Amidst the wave of historical works appearing around the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, one finds repeated reference to the web of accidents, intentions, personalities, and polemics, which led to August of 1914. Capturing the mood in Europe—and in Germany in particular—in the years before that descent into the killing fields …Read More

A Past Fellow at AICGS and the current director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Almut Möller has recently published an analysis of the European Union’s reform debate and the challenges it poses. Möller argues that, with member states’—and candidate states’—varying expectations from …Read More

On Sunday, February 9, 2014, The Globalist republished “2014: Marking Twentieth Century Milestones” by AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes. In the essay, Dr. Janes discusses the historical significance of prominent anniversaries coming in 2014 and their lessons for the world. 2014 is a year of significant remembrance, with the 100 year anniversary of World War …Read More

Elected to the AICGS Board of Trustees in November 2013, Dr. Engel is a Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, Chief Financial Officer. Hans-Ulrich Engel was born in 1959 in Göttingen, Germany. From 1977 onwards, he studied law at the Universities of Göttingen and Freiburg. In 1983 he graduated from the …Read More

Elected in November 2014 to serve on the AICGS Board of Trustees, Wayne Beckmann is a Managing Director in Citi’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Mr. Beckmann is co-head of Citi’s Global Industrials Corporate and Investment Bank, and head of Citi’s Global Automotive Corporate and Industrials Banking Franchise. In his role, Mr. Beckmann manages and helps …Read More

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