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.

In a period of intense global conflicts, attention turns to what comes after war and instability and whether the world should be trying to prepare for peace. Germany is often cited as an example of a country that transformed after World War II and the Holocaust from deep enmity with its victims to profound amity …Read More

Yeon Jeong Gu

Yeon Jeong Gu is a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow in August and September 2016. She is a Research Fellow at the Institute for German Language, Literature and Culture at Seoul National University, focusing on German culture and literature in the twentieth century, especially remembrance literature of post-memory generation, urban renewal projects in Germany …Read More

Nina Janz

Nina Janz is a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow from August 1 to September 15, 2016. While at AICGS, she will investigate the historical dialogue and the peacemaking process between Germany and Russia seventy years after World War II. Under the slogan “Reconciliation over the Graves” the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge …Read More

Ivo Plsek

Ivo Plšek’s research falls into the field of memory and reconciliation studies. He is interested in how nation-states deal with negative national histories and what factors influence this policy area most. Specifically, he compares Japanese and German political elites and their approach to World War II after 1945. He examines how pre-war experiences and political …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics The German state profited from incurring more debt in the first half of this year, a newspaper report showed on Monday. (DW) Why voters don’t buy it when economists say global trade is good (NYT) German Chancellor Angela Merkel says TTIP, a …Read More

In the early postwar period, East and West German scientists, leaders, and individuals saw particular opportunities for their countries in space exploration. Successes in space travel seemed to offer a significant chance for international prestige. Moreover, international collaboration in space research seemed to offer a way to ensure that space travel would remain peaceful and …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Volkswagen gets initial approval of $14.7 billion settlement with U.S. drivers. The auto maker plans to hire 250 to 300 people to work exclusively on the process. (WSJ) Registration for the new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement begins next month and companies need …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics The effects of Brexit notwithstanding, European companies have suffered an alarming decline in standing over the last decade compared to their American and Asian competitors. What happened? (Economist) Germany to hike minimum wage: Just one year old, the minimum wage in Germany …Read More

Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in July and August 2016. She is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the history department at Harvard University, focusing on the history of Germany, the Cold War, and technology. She is especially interested in the history of Germany within the wider context of Europe and the …Read More

A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations. Business and Economics Moelis & Co. names Bank of America’s Stefan Mueller to head investment banking in Germany. (Bloomberg) After Brexit, the Dax recovery rally continues. (FAZ) The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said that Britain’s pending exit from the European Union is posing “a …Read More

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