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.

After the worst attacks on French soil since World War II, anxiety is growing across Europe—including in Germany—on the topic of immigration. The Paris attacks have raised fears that IS terrorists could be among the hundreds of thousands of refugees seeking entry to the EU—a fear already voiced by some even prior to the attacks. …Read More

At a moment in time when many are concerned about the rising wave of intolerance around the world, a conversation between Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz serves as a reminder that there is still a possibility to build bridges when it comes to religious conflicts. Their dialogue is primarily about Islam and its ability to …Read More

From October 11-15, 2015, AICGS convened the inaugural group of young leaders in its new AICGS Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Future Leaders. The participants engaged in exchanges and discussions with a group of experts on a variety of issues related to the challenges of immigration and integration of minority populations in Germany and …Read More

In recent years, as Europe has confronted crisis after crisis, we have seen the importance of German leadership, and of integrating that leadership into a community of nations working toward common goals. The recent address to the European Parliament by German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande is indicative of this reality.  As …Read More

From the Jacques Delors Institute, former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer speaks on the topics that are dominating the discussion in Europe: German leadership, the ongoing migrant crisis, and the policies and leadership exhibited by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Listen to the speech on the Jacques Delors Institute’s website.

The fall of the Iron Curtain and the onset of German unification in 1990 brought hopes that Europe would quickly come to enjoy an unprecedented “peace dividend,” coupled with unparalleled democratization across countries long subject to Soviet domination. Few were prepared for the brutal, three-staged war in Yugoslavia that soon followed, rendering two unshakeable tenets …Read More

Germany is a nervous country right now—nervous about what can go wrong. But it is also a moment in which Germany has to demonstrate leadership in its own interests and those of Europe as a whole. Germans have a tendency to believe in a version of Murphy’s law: what can go wrong will go wrong. …Read More

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This year’s Symposium is framed around the idea of “A New Transatlantic Generation.” We know that German-American relations have long been shaped by the personal connections that were established after World War II and held firm throughout the Cold War. Since reunification, however, there has been a rapid drawdown of the American troop presence in …Read More

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of German unification, author Rita Kuczynski, who experienced life in both East and West Germany before the reunification, sits down with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes to share her experience of the changes and transitions that unification brought from the perspective of an ordinary citizen, an intellectual, and …Read More

On 27 October 2015, AICGS convened a seminar with DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Georg Menz, who presented his findings on “Center Right Parties and Immigration in Germany and the United States.” Dr. Menz began his presentation by explaining that most of the existing literature on immigration policy has focused on the position of far-right parties. He, …Read More

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