After over three decades in the world of intelligence services, Michael Morell’s personal biography of his career at the CIA offers some insights about how that secretive world looks from inside. He focuses on several cases to illustrate how he evaluates successes and failures along the way. The 9/11 experience, the invasion of Iraq, Bengazi, …Read More

AICGS President Jack Janes answers questions from Industrie und Handelskammer Reutlingen and gives insights about the state of German-U.S. relations amid NSA surveillance debate and the TTP negotiation. Read the Interview here.

In early March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Japan, her first trip to the country in seven years. She met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss climate change, terrorism, and free trade ahead of this summer’s G-7 economic summit. She mostly followed the anticipated script, including innocuous photo ops at stopovers like the National …Read More

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry” is a catchphrase based on a line from the Erich Segal novel Love Story. On April 2, 2014, Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Director of AICGS’ Society, Culture & Politics Program, argued in a Foreign Policy article, “Reconciliation means [always] having to say you’re sorry.” All the Light …Read More

In 2014, Lower Saxony became the last German state to completely waive tuition fees for all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This move comes at a time when student debt in the United States has exceeded credit card debt, totaling $1.3 trillion, and as students and their parents shell out thousands of dollars …Read More

DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies Politics and International Relations Every year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) awards the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in recognition of exceptional work in one of the Institute’s three major areas of research: Foreign & Domestic Policy …Read More

AICGS is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Harry & Helen Gray Reconciliation Fellowship, which will bring the fellows to the Institute for a stay of 6 weeks in August and September.   Mr. Ivo Plsek is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Political Science.  His …Read More

On May 12, 2015, Germany and Israel celebrated fifty years of diplomatic relations, an anniversary that has generated extensive reflection on this remarkable friendship seventy years after the end of the Holocaust and of World War II. Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics …Read More

This new report from the Atlantic Council focuses on young people in Germany and the United States, the “Next Generation.” The report analyzes traditional themes in German-American relations as well as emerging issues, including equality, transparency, and diversity, from a younger perspective. Its Next Generation Strategy makes recommendations on transatlantic cooperation to face challenges in …Read More

In its latest report on the Future of German-American Relations, the GMF task force analyzes traditional central themes in the bilateral relationship. The report surveys public opinion on key issues in Germany and the United States, raises common challenges on the international stage, and makes recommendations to renew and strengthen bilateral ties. Read the report …Read More

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