Generates insights into the institutional, political, cultural, and historical factors that shape our responses to deepening economic integration and the challenges of globalization. Current issues in the Business & Economics Program include the Debt Crisis, responding to the end of the years of plenty by comparing German and American responses to the crisis. It looks at macroeconomic discrepancies and their potential threat to national security, studies the responses of central banks and fiscal authorities to current challenges, and analyzes transatlantic trade and growth. In the area of Financial Regulation it examines the potential impact on credit intermediation and growth. Educating the Future Workforce is an ongoing challenge for the United States and Europe. Lessons on work-based learning systems and their role in boosting employment and economic growth can be learned from other countries’ experience in developing multiple career pathways for their citizens.

The crises of recent years have shown us that we must part with many convictions held in the past. One of them is that government bonds are risk-free. This also applies to bonds issued by member countries of the European Monetary Union (EMU). The reason for this is simple: Despite having a common currency, the …Read More

You are invited to the May Learn & Earn Working Group on Tuesday, May 5, from 10:00 – 11:30am at the Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning (WDLL) Center at University of the District of Columbia – Community College (5171 South Dakota Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20017, near the Fort Totten Metro on the Red/Green/Yellow line). Please …Read More

Tom O'Donnell

Thomas O’Donnell is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in April and May 2015.  He is an academic, analyst, and consultant with expertise in the global energy system and international relations.  At AICGS, his focus is “U.S. Expert Perspectives on German Energy Vulnerabilities.”  Dr. O’Donnell’s teaching and research have encompassed the EU and Russia, Latin America, the …Read More

The AICGS Business & Economics Program is pleased to host a private dinner with Martin Blessing, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors at Commerzbank. Mr. Blessing will talk about the impact that the yet-to-be-completed banking union is already having on the industry’s risk culture and banks’ business models. He will also focus on the interplay between monetary policies and …Read More

Currently, many countries are experiencing a strong renewed interest in work-based training.[1] When it comes to discussions in this field, American policymakers usually identify dual apprenticeship training as the “crown jewel” of Germany’s admired skill formation system. In turn, their colleagues from Germany frequently travel to the U.S. to inform about the merits of the …Read More

The recent spat between the U.S. administration and the British government over the UK’s decision to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)–despite U.S. opposition–has triggered much public noise. Initial reactions on the U.S. side went from surprise to outrage, with Washington accusing British cousins of jeopardizing the global order and the “special relationship” in …Read More

What are elements of a successful apprenticeship system? To what degree should businesses be engaged in educating their workforce, and what other actors should participate in decision-making and evaluation? How can apprenticeship fit within the existing education system? The AICGS project “Employment, Education, and Training: Apprenticeship Models in Europe and the United States” looks to …Read More

On March 11, 2015, AICGS hosted a small luncheon with Member of the German Bundestag Alexander Radwan. Mr. Radwan is a member of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, and is on the Bundestag’s Finance Committee. The luncheon discussion focused on the ongoing efforts to address the Greek challenges …Read More

At the April meeting of AICGS’ working group “Learn & Earn: A Young Leaders’ Group for the Development of the U.S. Workforce,” participants gathered to discuss current workforce trends in the transportation industry. Xinge Wang, Deputy Director at the Transportation Learning Center, and her colleague Jack Clark, Executive Director, presented their findings on job demand …Read More

Speaking at today’s Langhammer Series event, member of the Executive Board of the Bundesbank Dr. Andreas Dombret summarized the state of the euro area and focused on the role of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). Dr. Andreas Dombret has been at the center of global and transatlantic financial regulatory discussions, as well as the Bundesbank’s …Read More

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