Focuses on how cultural beliefs and values, evolving interpretations of historical experiences, and shifting conceptions of national identity all shape perspectives and policy responses in the German-American dialogue. The Society, Culture & Politics Program is currently examining the topic of Reconciliation in Europe and Asia. AICGS looks to Germany for lessons for Japan’s international reconciliation in Northeast Asia. The Program also addresses issues of Immigration and Integration, particularly with reference to minority groups in Germany and the U.S. and their political and societal opportunities and challenges. In its New Political Generations emphasis, the Program centers on the values, identities, priorities, and new technological means that activate the political involvement of young Germans and Americans, and the consequences of their engagement for the future of German-American relations.

No matter what inscrutable socio-biological function they may serve, all anniversaries are constructs. This is a point worth recalling as we celebrate for the 70th time the end of World War II. The death and destruction raging in the major theaters of war came to an end that year in Europe and the Pacific, and, …Read More

In the history of German-Israeli relations, the late 1970s and early 1980s were probably the most crisis-ridden period. The governments of West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin – Israel’s first Likud leader – were at odds over a series of issues. Quarrels originated from different stances towards the Palestinian problem, …Read More

Hubert Leber

Hubert Leber, M.A., is a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow in August and September 2015. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the Philipps University of Marburg and the University of Haifa. While at AICGS, Mr. Leber will be working on his history PhD study “The Relations between West Germany and Israel in the Begin …Read More

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement last Friday on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II expressed “feelings of profound grief” and his condolences for those who died both in Japan and abroad, but it stopped short of offering an apology for Japanese actions, especially against the Chinese and Koreans, against soldiers …Read More

Seventy years ago, one of the largest movements of refugees in European history was taking place following the capitulation of Germany and the end of war on the continent. Europe is now on a path to see a similar social, political, and cultural earthquake. As the war was ending in 1945, millions had fled their …Read More

Corporate and business interests impact countries’ willingness to engage in reconciliation with their former enemies, as Dr. Martina Timmermann discusses in her 2014 Policy Report.  Recently, Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Corp. issued public apologies for the use of forced labor during the Second World War by its predecessor, Mitsubishi Mining . Last month, the company’s representative …Read More

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 vote. After decades of activism and litigation, the Court recognized that same-sex couples cannot be denied marriage under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The same debate that …Read More

The tourism boom in China that began in the late 1970s was as much a political as an economic project. Historical narratives promoted at tourist sites exert a major influence on popular historical memory and, through this, disseminate formulations about what China is and what it means to be Chinese. In this seminar, Visiting PhD …Read More

AICGS is pleased to announce the participants of its new Transatlantic Exchange Program. The program, which addresses the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation,” aims to establish new connections between communities growing principally from an immigration background and address common challenges of integration. Twenty young participants from Germany and the United States have …Read More

Twenty years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany, the late Ambassador of Israel to Germany (1974-1981) Yohanan Meroz, published a book (originally published in German) with the Hebrew title “Was It to No Avail?” Ambassador Meroz, who was one of the best and brightest diplomats of the …Read More

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