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.

In early March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Japan, her first trip to the country in seven years. She met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss climate change, terrorism, and free trade ahead of this summer’s G-7 economic summit. She mostly followed the anticipated script, including innocuous photo ops at stopovers like the National …Read More

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry” is a catchphrase based on a line from the Erich Segal novel Love Story. On April 2, 2014, Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Director of AICGS’ Society, Culture & Politics Program, argued in a Foreign Policy article, “Reconciliation means [always] having to say you’re sorry.” All the Light …Read More

In 2014, Lower Saxony became the last German state to completely waive tuition fees for all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This move comes at a time when student debt in the United States has exceeded credit card debt, totaling $1.3 trillion, and as students and their parents shell out thousands of dollars …Read More

AICGS is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Harry & Helen Gray Reconciliation Fellowship, which will bring the fellows to the Institute for a stay of 6 weeks in August and September.   Mr. Ivo Plsek is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Political Science.  His …Read More

On May 12, 2015, Germany and Israel celebrated fifty years of diplomatic relations, an anniversary that has generated extensive reflection on this remarkable friendship seventy years after the end of the Holocaust and of World War II. Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics …Read More

On May 13, 2015, Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics Program at AICGS, chaired a panel on the Armenian genocide entitled “2015 and its horrors : A century after 1915″ at the conference Armenians and the Legacies of World War I, held at the Brookings Institution. …Read More

Save the Date for the fourth Annual Symposium in New York City! Please join us for our 4th Annual Symposium on “The Next Generation: Remapping the German- American Relationship.” It will feature breakfast, and an opening keynote, and a panel comprised of young people who will discuss international security issues, the Euro crisis, immigration and integration …Read More

With recent headlines decrying poor treatment of refugees—from the Rohingya in South Asia to African migrants in the Mediterranean—the issue of human rights and the aid that these destitute people receive is on the minds of leaders the world over. As a highly-developed state and powerful economy, Germany has stepped up to the task of …Read More

Online registration has been closed. If you would still like to attend but did not yet get a chance to register, please register on-site. This is a joint event of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, and will include a diverse array of international panelists. Please …Read More

AICGS held its second annual “Transatlantic Dialogue of the States, Cities, and Communities” on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The conference examined how states and cities address the challenges of the twenty-first century and how they interact and learn from each other. View the Draft Agenda Panel I: How Cities are Responding to the Energy Transformation …Read More

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