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, under the direction of Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, 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.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Privatisierungs-Überlegungen: Was macht Niedersachen eigentlich mit dem VW-Geld? (FAZ) German confidence in automakers and politicians plummets (DW) Elektroantrieb: die überforderte Zukunft (Spiegel) Nordkorea-Krise kostet Anleger eine Billion Dollar (Spiegel) Foreign and Domestic Policy Trump: Waffen sind geladen und entsichert (FAZ) North Korea: …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

Working for reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians is arduous but rewarding—it keeps providing glimmers of hope in a situation that often seems beyond hopeless politically, motivating us to persevere. But how can it be done? Friendship Across Borders works for reconciliation in small groups of Israelis, Palestinians, and Germans in intensive seminars that try …Read More

The German-American youth exchange program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation” is an innovative program which establishes new connections between communities that have grown principally from an immigration background and addresses common challenges of immigration and integration, such as discrimination, employment, political and societal leadership, education, and international engagement. Project participants …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Geoeconomics German carmakers face new scandal over antitrust issues (New York Times) German unemployment edges up in summer job market lull (Deutsche Welle) Lufthansa macht Rekordgewinn (Spiegel Online) Bitcoin divides to rule (The Economist) Foreign & Domestic Policy Russia’s military drills near NATO …Read More

Agnieszka Batko

Agnieszka Batko is a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow in August and September 2017. She holds an MA in International Relations from Jagiellonian University (JU) and is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Political Science at JU. She also studied at Griffith University in Australia and University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Prior …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

When the Jews sought refuge from the Nazi regime, they were most often met with hatred and indifference. Most of the world closed its doors on the Jews, and, for that reason, Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist regime were able to perpetrate the worst horror in human history: The Holocaust. Fortunately, approximately 18,000 to …Read More

Communities around the world are mobilizing urban social movements against rising inequality and economic hardship, in order to transform local neighborhoods, urban planning practices, and city policies. Minority and immigrant communities and their mobilizations play a pivotal role challenging the ongoing nationalist political shifts right in the United States and Germany, which have been propagating …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Das geheime Kartell der deutschen Autobauer (Spiegel) So wichtig sind VW, BMW und Daimler für Deutschland (SDZ) German media groups to form data alliance (DW) Japan spending uptick ends 16-month lull (DW) Foreign and Domestic Policy US Sanctions Expert: European concerns are …Read More

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