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.

This speech was delivered as the keynote address at the conference of the same name: “Rising Tensions in East Asia? A Transatlantic Perspective.” For the presentations, photographs, and full summaries of all three panels, visit the event page. All eyes are turned on the Ukraine, Russia, the Middle East and ISIS, but to disregard East …Read More

The use of political figures’ images in popular culture was visible mainly in the first half of the twentieth century, but has rapidly spread in recent years. Historical and current political figures are viewed in almost all aspects of popular culture including pop music, fashion, comics, commercials, and computer games. So-called “memes” associated with them …Read More

The heated debate about competence and limits of foreign intelligence in Germany began long before Edward Snowden’s revelation of the NSA’s massive surveillance and eavesdropping activities against German politicians and citizens. It is an old problem that still continues to pose a menace to the contemporary transatlantic relationship at large as well as to concrete …Read More

Following his keynote speech at AICGS’ conference on “Rising Tensions in East Asia?: A Transatlantic Perspective,” Ambassador Volker Stanzel sat down with AICGS Society, Politics & Culture Program Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman to discuss lessons from Germany and Europe’s reconciliation process that Asian nations could consider in their region .

The crisis in Ukraine, advancing ISIS radical Islamic terrorists, spreading of the Ebola virus, possible consequences of sanctions against Russia for the economy: The current list of foreign policy challenges is long. It requires smart measures and concrete actions. Decision-makers have to familiarize themselves with highly complex subject matters, form an opinion, and take a …Read More

Business and Economics Deutsche Bank: New Chief Financial Officer Faces Losses (Welt): Goldman-Sachs-Manager Marcus Schenck will be the new Chief Financial Officer of the Deutsche Bank. At the same time, Germany’s largest financial institution announced losses of €92 million. Consequences of the Sanctions: German Exports to Russia Collapse (Spiegel): The European sanctions against Russia have …Read More

In the fall of 1989, I studied at the Karl-Marx-University in Leipzig. As a student of theology, I was able to participate in the demonstrations on the street as well as in other activities, like prayers with my fellow students. Students of other faculties would have been ex-matriculated had they been seen demonstrating, but theologians …Read More


Arleta Dulkowska is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in October-November 2014 and a PhD student at the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies-WBZ (funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the University of Wroclaw). In her dissertation, she describes the usage of Hitler’s image in American pop culture. Ms. Dulkowska holds an MA …Read More

For many in the international media and among casual observers of Asia, regional institution-building may appear a mundane subject. Strengthening existing regional institutions, or establishing a more substantive one, is generally a matter of secondary importance for policymakers in most capitals in Asia. This is more so in Washington, despite its founding member status in …Read More


Eva Jobs is DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow and a PhD candidate at the University of Marburg. In her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Krieger, she addresses the role trust, secrecy, and betrayal play for transatlantic intelligence cooperation. The historic approach, which focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, highlights not only the importance of personal relationships but …Read More

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