Johns Hopkins and Partners
The mission of Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world. Johns Hopkins University is a natural home for AICGS, as the University is renowned for its research and has long-standing relationships with German academic institutions. Under the guidance of Dr. Steven Muller, President of Johns Hopkins University at the time, AICGS was founded in affiliation with JHU in 1983.
Today, AICGS continues to be affiliated with Johns Hopkins. While the Institute has its own Board of Trustees and raises its own funds, Johns Hopkins University continues to be an important source of administrative and scholarly support for the Institute, its staff, and fellows. In supporting Johns Hopkins University’s motto to provide “Knowledge for the world,” AICGS is proud to be affiliated with a world class university.
We are proud of the work of AICGS as a member of the Johns Hopkins University family. The history of JHU traces back to Humboldt University in Berlin and I am pleased that AICGS continues to enrich the German-American dialogue, strengthening mutual knowledge on both sides of the Atlantic and for the world.
~ William R. Brody, former President, Johns Hopkins University
AICGS accomplishes its mission as a catalyst in the German-American partnership, transatlantic relationship, and global network by working with many partner organizations in co-sponsoring events, publishing analyses, and provide an ongoing dialogue about issues and challenges. The following partners cooperate with AICGS in this endeavor:
The BMW Center for German and European Studies is part of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The BMW Center is one of three North American “Centers of Excellence” founded in 1990 with a grant from the German government. The BMW Center provides an institutional foundation at Georgetown University for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching on modern Germany and Europe, with emphasis on cultural studies, economics, history, and political science. In its Master of Arts in German and European Studies program and joint graduate degree programs with other academic units of the university, the BMW Center educates future generations of transatlantic leaders. Through its event programming, partnership initiatives, and outreach activities, the BMW Center fosters a thorough understanding of Europe and a broad conception of US-European relations.
Located in Potsdam, Germany, the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization with an inter- and multidisciplinary approach with a mission to close the gap between academia and practice in civil security.
The Ecologic Institute U.S. is a think-tank for applied environmental research and policy analysis. It is dedicated to bringing fresh ideas to environmental policy and sustainable development, particularly through the transatlantic exchange of stakeholders and best practices.
Founded in 2008, the Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC evolved out of the Transatlantic Program of Ecologic Institute, Berlin, Germany, and focuses on transatlantic outreach, European environmental policy and integration, climate and energy policy, economics and infrastructure, the United States and European Union in the world, and biodiversity.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is a non-profit German political foundation committed to the advancement of public policy issues in the spirit of the basic values of social democracy through education, research, and international cooperation. The foundation, headquartered in Bonn and Berlin, was founded in 1925 and is named after Friedrich Ebert, Germany’s first democratically elected president. Today, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation has six adult education centers and 13 regional offices throughout Germany, maintains branch offices in over 90 countries, and carries out activities in more than 100 countries.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. With the safeguarding and the development of its statutory projects (civic education and dialogue, sponsorship of the talented, research and political consultation, archive work), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation wants to contribute to shaping the future.
The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco all work together under the network of AHK USA. With approximately 2,500 members and an extensive national and international business network, the GACCs offer a broad spectrum of activities and services. Other German-American organizations and chapters are affiliated with the GACCs. AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. The umbrella organization of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs.
Additionally, our liaison office in Washington, DC, the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT), represents the interests of the German business community vis-à-vis both the U.S. administration and the international organizations based in Washington, DC. The German Chamber Network (AHK) provides experience, connections, and services worldwide through 120 locations in 80 countries.
The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is Germany’s national foreign policy network. As an the DGAP conducts policy-oriented research and analysis; independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization, it actively takes part in the political decision-making process and promotes the understanding of German foreign policy and international relations.
Aims of the Council are:
- to promote Germany’s position in international relations;
- to contribute substantially to the foreign policy debate in Germany;
- to advise decision-makers in politics, business, and society;
- to inform the public about questions on global politics;
- to strengthen the foreign policy community in Germany.
For these Purposes:
- the DGAP publishes studies, analyses, and comments
- the DGAP organizes foreign policy-focused events (conferences, lectures, panel discussions, study groups, etc.)
- the DGAP publishes the journal IP »Internationale Politik« and English-language journal IP »Global Edition«
- the DGAP operates the only library specializing on foreign affairs
- the DGAP offers foreign policymakers and experts a discussion platform in Germany
- the DGAP maintains the websites ip-global.org, internationalepolitik.de, dgap.org, and the information gateway aussenpolitik.net.
The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, DC is an internationally recognized center for advanced study. It serves as a transatlantic bridge connecting American and European scholars and seeks to make their research accessible to decision-makers in politics, society, and economy as well as the general public.
While the Institute is particularly dedicated to fostering the study of German history in North America and of American history in Germany, its research and conferences range beyond German and American history to encompass comparative, international, and global history as well as research in the fields of economics, sociology, and political science. The GHI is especially committed to promoting international scholarly exchange and collaboration by bringing together European and North American scholars as well as academics from other parts of the world in its conferences and research projects.
The German Information Center USA (GIC) makes it easy for you to find information about Germany—a fascinating blend of the traditional and the modern, an effective global team player helping the world meet the political, economic, and environmental challenges of tomorrow.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.
GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.
Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. The Goethe-Institut Washington organizes and supports cultural events that present German culture abroad and that further intercultural exchange. Of special interest to us are film and exhibition projects. Our language department offers German courses; workshops and seminars for teachers of German as a Foreign Language; as well as a wide-ranging testing program to prove proficiency in German.
The Goethe-Institut Washington is responsible for providing cultural programs and pedagogical and language services to the District of Columbia and to the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware. A special, wider-ranging focus of its work involves projects using the electronic media (internet, radio, and television) for audiences in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. It organizes and provides advice about electronic media projects in the areas of cultural programming, language services, and information on behalf of the Goethe-Institut locations in these countries.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Washington Office is committed to working with interested partners across the political spectrum to promote strong German-American and transatlantic ties.
The Washington Office has several key objectives:
- To reach out to the U.S. administration, Congress, multilateral organizations (World Bank, IMF, etc.), the business community, think tanks, academia, and the media to deepen the German/American partnership and transatlantic cooperation.
- To facilitate high-level political meetings and dialog between German and American decision-makers on a wide range of political, security, economic, cultural, and other issues.
- To organize conferences, workshops, and roundtable discussions with German/American political leaders, government officials, academics, journalists, etc. on relevant transatlantic and European issues.
- To engage with U.S. foreign policy professionals by providing key staffers from leading Senate and House offices, select American state legislators, U.S. government officials, research analysts from major think tanks, as well as influential American journalists the opportunity to participate in the annual Hanns Seidel Memorial Fellowship program in Munich, Brussels, and Berlin.
- To provide relevant, up-to-date assessments and analyses of current U.S. foreign and domestic policy.
- To inform on current public debates on German/American and transatlantic relations through the regular publication of articles, editorials, and interviews in relevant German and American news media.
Issues of particular interest to the Washington Office include:
- Transatlantic security and defense policy
- Global terrorism, proliferation of WMD, and organized crime
- International trade policy
- International development policy
- U.S. domestic policy (justice, social policy, and election analysis)
- Energy and environmental policy
- Demographic changes and their long-term political, economic, and social impact
The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a green think tank and an international policy network affiliated with the German green party. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the Heinrich Böll Foundation is active in ecology, democracy, and human rights with 29 offices across the globe. Its Washington, DC office provides expertise on issues related to its mission. HBF promotes exchanges in its program areas through informational programs, study tours, and visitor programs; special events, meetings, workshops, and conferences; public seminars and training programs; and monitoring of the work of international organizations.
For nearly 50 years, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs – SWP) has provided analysis on foreign policy issues not only to the Bundestag and the German Federal Government, but also to economic actors and the general public. While the SWP initially dealt primarily with issues of disarmament, today there is a broad spectrum of analysis ranging from classic security policy issues to aspects of climate protection and the political challenges associated with resource scarcity.
What makes the SWP stand out in relation to other bodies providing policy advice is that it relies on the informed analytical expertise of its own researchers. The SWP not only acts as a service provider through its procurement of up-to-date information and its needs-based advising, but also provides a venue for the execution of thorough analytical work. The Institute attaches particular importance to maintaining independence in selecting its focus areas. To ensure that good ideas become even better ones and that they also be heard, these ideas must be questioned and challenged. Thus the SWP serves above all as a forum for exchange and communication. It is a calm location – but only on the outside – where decision makers can come together with our researchers to run through scenarios in a confidential atmosphere or to discuss issues without having to take into consideration day-to-day or party politics.