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.

Founding and Background Since October 20, 2014, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (PEGIDA, Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes) has organized weekly Monday demonstrations or evening walks in Dresden against the Islamization of the West, in particular Germany. Several thousand people have followed the call and taken to the streets, mostly …Read More

Andrew Port

Andrew I. Port is an associate professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. He previously taught as a Lecturer at Harvard and at Yale, and also worked as a Project Coordinator at the Office of Human Rights in Nuremberg, Germany. He received a Ph.D. in modern European history from Harvard, a B.A. in history …Read More

AICGS is pleased to work together with the Carnegie Endowment and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center with generous support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to host a one-day round table conference on January 15, 2015 on the role of historians and scholars in the resolution of protracted conflicts with competing historical narratives. Special …Read More

This seminar addresses the issue of how German civil society actors can facilitate dialogues about reconciliation between parties entrenched in conflict in other parts of the world. Professor Martin Leiner will present the latest results of an ongoing research project called “Hearts of Flesh Not Stone: Encountering the Suffering of the Other.”  During that project—funded …Read More

This Policy Report suggests a tri-regional “partnering in leadership” to assuage the tensions and lingering hostility in East Asia.  Partners are necessary from the three regions involved: East Asia (Japan, China, South Korea), the United States (as main security guarantor), and Europe (with EU/Germany as mediators).  Indeed, such a tri-regional “partnership in leadership” approach for reconciliation …Read More

In recent times, the term “second life” relates to a web game in which people create characters of themselves. However, they often give themselves a new virtual identity, thereby creating a “second life.” In the game, an office worker can become a treasure hunter, or an IT specialist can be a robot. Indeed, the game …Read More

This year’s AICGS Annual Symposium is framed around the idea of “A World in Flux”: the relative decline of the West’s economic power; the  need to  adapt our work forces to be successful in a new era; and changing geopolitics as a result of ongoing tensions in eastern Europe, the  Middle East, and Asia. Containing …Read More

Germany has experienced below replacement level birth rates for many decades.  Only immigration has prevented population decline.  What are the causes for its low fertility?  Does it matter?  What policies have been developed to mitigate low fertility and why have they failed?  What can Germany learn from the experience of other countries that have been …Read More

Twenty-five years after the Kohl-Mazowiecki meetings and joint mass that inaugurated “official” German-Polish reconciliation after 1989, German-Polish reconciliation is viewed as an instructive example both in Europe (Polish-Ukrainian relations) and East Asia (Japanese-Korean 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

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