Enhances understanding of the impact of culture on German- American relations and analyzes how cultural beliefs and values, evolving interpretations of historical experiences, and shifting conceptions of national identity shape perspectives and policy responses in the German-American dialogue. The Society, Culture & Politics Program is currently focused on issues of Immigration and Integration, considering the subject as it relates to education, organization, and technology. Under the topic of Reconciliation in Europe and Asia, AICGS looks to Germany for lessons for Japan’s international reconciliation in Northeast Asia.

Time flies.  I am struck by how recent the events of the twentieth anniversary of the Mauerfall feel.  A rainy, but magical, memory. At first blush, 2009 seems a more innocent, more optimistic time than the more dangerous and uncertain environment of 2014.  While the various conflicts in the broader Middle East contribute to our …Read More

There were many expectations when the Wall came down. Not least among them that Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe would finally receive payments from Germany for their suffering. But a decade would pass before that happened. Germany was preoccupied with unification, and it was nervous about facing claims from newly independent Eastern European states …Read More

Like December 7, 1941, November 22, 1963, and September 11, 2001, November 9, 1989, is one of those dates remembered in freeze frame.  But it’s the rare exception that most of us are also likely to remember in Wordsworth mode.  Bliss was it in that night to be alive, and to be in Berlin was …Read More

Tom Block Berlin Wall

Visitors to AICGS may be familiar with Tom Block’s art installation, “Broken Berlin Wall.”  The artwork will continue to be on display for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9.   The Berlin Wall (1961-1989) was emblematic of impassable frontiers.  In the literal sense, if marked the chasm between …Read More

It has been 50 years since the first economic migration from Turkey to Europe. Today, 5 million Turkish people live in Western Europe, with Germany hosting 3 million, or 60 percent of this population. Thousands of Turks live in France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, England, and Switzerland. This initial migration of Turks for work purposes has …Read More

Nicole Renvert

Dr. Nicole Renvert is a political scientist with a special focus on the analysis of think tanks, foundations, and Non-Governmental Institutions. Her recent book “Power Brokers in Difficult Times” reviews the role of German Political Foundations in transatlantic relations. Dr. Renvert has studied History, International Relations, and Political Science at the Universities of Bonn, the …Read More


Dr. M. Murat Erdoğan a Visiting Fellow at AICGS from June – September 2014. While at AICGS, he is working on a project entitled “Political Behavior and Participation of the Turkey-Originated Residents in Germany for Turkey and Germany, and the Process of ‘Diasporization.’” In this work, Dr. Erdoğan will continue his original survey “Euro-Turks Barometer,” …Read More

The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite US professionals to apply for the 2015-2016 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Bosch Fellows work as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with …Read More


Dr. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik was a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow from August 1 to September 15, 2014.  While at AICGS, she explored Germany’s role in reconciling the Western Balkans. The project focused on Germany’s foreign policy, economic development, aid, and German political foundations in Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo. Germany has been a key player …Read More


Dr. Seiko Mimaki will be a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow from August 1 to September 15, 2014.  While at AICGS, she will investigate how to institutionalize multi-layered efforts at the societal level toward building ties of reconciliation among East Asian countries, focusing on evolving epistemic and transnational networks formed by various non-governmental actors …Read More