Business and Economics Gauck advocates trade agreement with Canada (Die Zeit): German President Joachim Gauck has called for better communication of the Ceta trade agreement with Canada. The deal is considered a blueprint for the TTIP treaty with the United States. Alexander Dobrindt: Google defies the social market economy (FAZ): Europe does not want to …Read More

Time flies.  I am struck by how recent the events of the twentieth anniversary of the Mauerfall feel.  A rainy, but magical, memory. At first blush, 2009 seems a more innocent, more optimistic time than the more dangerous and uncertain environment of 2014.  While the various conflicts in the broader Middle East contribute to our …Read More

There were many expectations when the Wall came down. Not least among them that Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe would finally receive payments from Germany for their suffering. But a decade would pass before that happened. Germany was preoccupied with unification, and it was nervous about facing claims from newly independent Eastern European states …Read More

AICGS is excited to announce that we are a member of the Amazon Smile program. Now, when you shop online, Amazon.com will give AICGS 0.5% of your purchase at no cost to you. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Log in with your …Read More

Like December 7, 1941, November 22, 1963, and September 11, 2001, November 9, 1989, is one of those dates remembered in freeze frame.  But it’s the rare exception that most of us are also likely to remember in Wordsworth mode.  Bliss was it in that night to be alive, and to be in Berlin was …Read More

Amid the current decision by the German Bundestag to support the Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq with arms exports, Arsland Deichsel and Rana Deep Islam (an AICGS Non-Resident Fellow) make the case for a new council of armament experts in their recent article “Deutschland braucht einen Expertenrat für Rüstung” [in German]. The export of arms …Read More

Visitors to AICGS may be familiar with Tom Block’s art installation, “Broken Berlin Wall.”  The artwork will continue to be on display for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9.   The Berlin Wall (1961-1989) was emblematic of impassable frontiers.  In the literal sense, if marked the chasm between …Read More

Have you noticed anything different at AICGS? The next generation of AICGS.org is now live, and with it, a host of new features and improvements are intended to greatly improve your reading and viewing experience of AICGS analysis, videos, and other content. Please explore the new site, and see what’s new:   Mobile Ready: Keep up-to-date on …Read More

The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2015-2016 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with …Read More