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.

History sometimes likes to play games of irony, counting on our short memory. One such irony is revealed in the context of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In March 2014 Russian troops took de-facto control of Crimea, followed by a declaration of independence and a swift (and most likely rigged) referendum, in which about 95 percent …Read More

The eight participants of the Society, Culture & Politics Program group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 30, 2016. The topic of discussion was Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation The discussion revolved around several focus questions: Is there a distinctive approach to Germany’s global role in promoting conflict resolution and reconciliation? …Read More

On September 30, 2016, the Rosetta space mission came to an end. The mission, run by the European Space Agency (ESA), represented one of the most dramatic space achievements in recent years. Two years ago, in August 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft first rendezvoused with its target: the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which was at the time 539 …Read More

Michael John Williams

Michael John Williams is Clinical Professor of International Relations, Director of the International Relations Program and Affiliate Professor of European Studies & History at New York University. His functional area of research is war studies with a regional focus on the twentieth century Atlantic world. He is particularly interested in comparative civil-military relations amongst NATO …Read More

Christine Mähler

Christine Mähler is the Director of ConAct – Coordination Center German-Israeli Youth Exchange, an institution that is funding, advising, qualifying, and expanding the national youth exchange program between Germany and Israel. The office is commissioned and authorized by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The national exchange program annually …Read More

Eric Langenbacher

Eric Langenbacher is a Teaching Professor and Director of Honors and Special Programs in the Department of Government, Georgetown University. Langenbacher studied in Canada before completing his PhD in Georgetown’s Government Department in 2002. He has also taught at George Washington University and the Universidad Nacional de General San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has …Read More

Anna Kantel

Anne J. Kantel is a PhD candidate at the School of International Service at American University with a focus on environmental politics and political violence. Her dissertation research looks at the interaction of state and local fisheries management practices in Uganda, and the effects of these encounters on issues of compliance, legitimacy, and the production …Read More

Hannah Morris

Hannah Morris, a native of Houston, TX, currently works at J Street as the Associate Regional Director for the South. In 2015, she earned a M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where she focused on German-Israeli relations and wrote a thesis comparing the special relationships Israel shares with the …Read More

Boaz Atzili

Boaz Atzili is an Associate Professor at the School of International Service of American University in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT and a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on territorial conflicts and peace, the politics of borders, and aspects of deterrence. He has published …Read More

The first conference of “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. Young leaders in the fields of foreign and domestic policy; society, culture, and politics; and business and economics will come together to address challenges …Read More

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