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.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany to press G20 to sign off on free trade amid worries about US stance: Sources (CNBC) Audi searched by German police in Dieselgate swoop (Reuters) Germany Eyes 1.9 Percent Increase in Spending Next Year (US News) Trump adviser Navarro: …Read More

Is populism reshaping the political arena? Will political uncertainty hamper economic growth? How can civil society play a role in the changing international environment? Can the transatlantic partners build a coherent approach to Russia, to cybersecurity, to humanitarian crises? These and other questions have been the topic of discussion for participants in AICGS’ program “A …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics A German approach to trade and skills has much to teach Trump (FT) Germany’s ‘powerhouse’ economy is cracking and investors need to be wary, economist warns (CNBC) As E.C.B. Charts Economic Course, Politics Complicate the Picture (NYT) Economic growth expectations …Read More

The seventieth anniversaries in 2015 of the end of World War II and the Holocaust have generated renewed interest in reconciliation and the question of whether the German and European experience holds lessons for Japan and East Asia. Much of the thinking on comparative lessons, developed in the last fifteen years, has focused on an idealized notion of Germany’s successful international reconciliation.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Time to Buy Germany ETFs As Growth Hits Five-Year High? (NASDAQ) ECB Still Lead Actor in Bund Performance Despite Le Pen Cameo (Bloomberg) German inflation surpasses ECB target (DW) German business chiefs prepare to defend free trade in US (Financial …Read More

With the ripple effect of Donald Trump’s election still being felt not only in the U.S., but all over the world, many are scrambling to find explanations for how that happened. One widespread explanation is the rise of a populist surge—against parties, politics, and so-called powerful elites. But in order to understand how it happened, …Read More

In January, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) announced that the country’s population is likely growing again—a direct result of an increase in immigration since 2012.  The latest preliminary survey results indicate that approximately 82.8 million people lived in Germany at the end of 2016. This is an increase of 0.6 million compared to the …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump administration widens net for immigrant deportation (BBC) U.S. stocks powered to new records by energy shares (MarketWatch) Business rates: pressure grows for total rethink on controversial tax (The Guardian) German stocks would thrive if Le Pen wins the French …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany, Italy Grow Less Than Forecast Amid Global Uncertainties (Bloomberg) EU clears German plan for electric vehicle charging network (Reuters) Germany’s Worrying Squeeze (Bloomberg) Germany committed to Greece bailout programme – Merkel spokesman (Reuters) EU-Canada Trade Agreement Wins European Parliament …Read More

The eight participants of the Society, Culture & Politics Program group will come together for their second virtual meeting on February 24, 2017. The purpose of the second virtual meeting is to identify 5-10 policy recommendations that address or solve the issues of concern that have been discussed so far under the topic Civil Society, Conflict Resolution …Read More

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