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.

AICGS will hold its second annual “Transatlantic Dialogue of the States, Cities, and Communities” on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. While German-American relations focus mainly on the connections between Berlin and Washington, this dialogue will bring together civic leaders from throughout Germany and the United States to discuss common challenges and innovative programs at the sub-national …Read More

At an AICGS workshop about Germany’s cultural policies in 1998, Harvard historian Charles Maier summarized his critical observations in one sentence: “Germany is a country that wants to run without a major-league foreign policy which means cultural representation, as well as political—but without the assets of empire, without the asset of Francophonie, without the asset …Read More

In most of the developed world, birth rates have been falling.  Population decline results in economic and social strains and can even threaten national security.  Germany is a particularly severe example of this trend.  Germany has had an extremely low birth rate for decades. Its resident population is in absolute decline; its family policies have …Read More

Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman sits down with Katharina von Münster, Communications Director at Action Reconciliation /Service for Peace, in this interview to discuss how German volunteers from her organization help the reconciliation processes between communities in Europe, Israel, and the United States.

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

Does satire have every right? Can any religious figure or human being be parodied? The deadly attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 in Paris revived the debate over the complex relationship between freedom of speech and respect for religious beliefs. Katharina Pfannkuch and Rana Deep Islam (an AICGS Non-Resident Fellow) …Read More

USIP Presentation Finding the strategies needed to overcome the enormous obstacles on the path of reconciliation will require concerted, coordinated efforts by individuals, non-governmental organizations, and governments to critically assess efforts aimed at mending the social fabric of war-torn societies. However, before looking for the next steps, it is important to assess what work is …Read More

Founding and Background Since October 20, 2014, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (PEGIDA, Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes) has organized weekly Monday demonstrations or evening walks in Dresden against the Islamization of the West, in particular Germany. Several thousand people have followed the call and taken to the streets, mostly …Read More

Andrew Port

Andrew I. Port is an associate professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. He previously taught as a Lecturer at Harvard and at Yale, and also worked as a Project Coordinator at the Office of Human Rights in Nuremberg, Germany. He received a Ph.D. in modern European history from Harvard, a B.A. in history …Read More

AICGS is pleased to work together with the Carnegie Endowment and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center with generous support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to host a one-day round table conference on January 15, 2015 on the role of historians and scholars in the resolution of protracted conflicts with competing historical narratives. Special …Read More

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