In times of excellence ratings and rankings, flattening public funding, and international mobility of students and staff, German universities have turned into strategic actors in the past two decades. Organizational features, already routine in American higher education, such as vision and mission statements, professionalization of management, external funding, and industry links as well as international …Read More

The refugee crisis of 2015 and the subsequent deterioration of domestic security heavily influenced the German election results in September 2017, which were characterized by severe losses of the three main parties CDU, CSU, and SPD, and successes of the right-wing populists. Guido Steinberg gives an overview of the events with a focus on the …Read More

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and the Representative for German Industry and Trade hosted a small, private luncheon on Wednesday, April 6th with Professor Dieter Kempf, the new President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Prof. Kempf was the Chairman of DATEV, one of Europe’s largest IT service providers, for the past …Read More

Andreas Kluth, Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt Global, provided a Berlin insider’s view of the key transatlantic and European economic issues at stake in the German elections – from a Franco-German meeting of the minds on Eurozone reform, to TTIP redux, to the politics of the German trade surplus. Andreas Kluth became editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt Global in …Read More

Reconciliation processes in Asia face a number of challenges at the official level. However, at the level of civil society some progress is being made. The seminar will look at NGOs’ activities in Japan-Korea relations and at art in Japan-Vietnam relations to assess the potential for reconciliation today. In this seminar, Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS …Read More

AICGS is pleased to announce a new project entitled “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” which engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of global issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. The 3-year project is funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) …Read More

Following the German elections on September 24, Chancellor Merkel has faced a challenging task in forging a coalition made up of four political parties which did not anticipate becoming partners in government. As negotiations unfold it remains clear that finding common ground is difficult and will require weeks of negotiation. Our agenda will offer an …Read More

Dan Plesch’s new book, Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes, sheds light on the existence of a little-known agency founded amid the atrocities of World War II: the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC). Predating Nuremberg, the Rwandan tribunals, and Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court, the UNWCC identified, …Read More

The genocide of the Herero and Nama, committed between 1904 and 1908 under German colonial rule in today’s Namibia, is considered the first genocide of the 20th century. Over the past decades and especially since the commemoration of the 100 years of the genocide in 2004, when the German government refused to recognize the crimes …Read More

In anticipation of the German elections on September 24, AICGS hosted a group of experts from the NRW School of Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen to discuss the issues and influences which will shape the electoral race over the coming weeks. Led by Prof Karl Korte, we welcomed four additional experts from his team …Read More

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