The February meeting of “Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce” featured Jamell Thrower, Program Manager at the DC Department of Employment Services’ Office of Apprenticeship Information & Training, who was accompanied by a current apprentice. The discussion focused on the practical implementation of apprenticeship programs at the …Read More

Reconciliation is a complex and long-term political process with a psychological dimension that is the object of many research projects today. During the event “Hearts of Flesh Not Stone: Encountering the Suffering of the Other through a German Lens,” Professor Dr. Martin Leiner, the founding director of the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS), explained …Read More

On January 28, 2015, AICGS hosted a seminar on “Germany’s Declining Population: No End in Sight?” with scholars Dr. Steven Kramer and Stefanie Wahl. In most of the developed world, birth rates have been declining. However, Germany is an example of a Western country experiencing low birth rates in the extreme. Based on his recently …Read More

On December 11, 2014, AICGS and the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) hosted a roundtable discussion led by Dr. Tim Stuchtey, BIGS Executive Director, on “Civil Security and the Private Security Industry in Germany.” In recent years, questions of civil security have become increasingly prominent on the economic and political agenda of Germany. …Read More

While the Snowden disclosures pose a serious menace to the contemporary transatlantic relationship at large, as well as to concrete security threats, it is not simply a recent problem. During the event “Trust but Verify: Are U.S.-German (Intelligence) Relations at Stake,” DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Eva Jobs explained the powerful trope of “trust” in German-American intelligence …Read More

The December meeting of “Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce” discussed another facet of workforce development: re-integrating military veterans into the labor market. Ms. Dana Hendrickson, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), gave insights into the challenges for veterans and …Read More

The current state and the future of the European banking sector set the agenda of the AICGS workshop entitled “Welcome to the Banking Union: Sound Financial Regulation to Fuel Economic Growth?” on November 17, 2014. Panelists included experts on the financial sector Nicolas Véron from the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Gunnar Stangl from Commerzbank …Read More

In October 2014, a team led by AICGS went to France, Germany, Great Britain, and Hungary to meet with companies and other stakeholders in the apprenticeship systems. The sixth meeting of the working group “Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce” was convened to discuss the results of …Read More

Each semester, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) Dean Jim Goldgeier invites prominent experts and practitioners for one-on-one interviews to discuss critical topics in international affairs. Please join this American University-AICGS joint event moderated by Dean Goldgeier with the following panelists: Hope Harrison, George Washington University Jackson Janes, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies …Read More

What is the institutional structure of vocational training in Germany? What makes it unique? What challenges does this system face? The participants of the AICGS working group “Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce” had the chance to ask these questions to Dr. Achim Dercks, Deputy Chief Executive …Read More

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