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 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

Victoria Rietig is an independent migration expert advising governments and foundations on migration and refugee issues, and a Senior Migration Fellow at AICGS. Her current clients include Germany’s development agency GIZ, the UK’s Foreign Office, the U.S. Department of State, and think tanks and foundations in Germany and the United States.  At AICGS, she conducts …Read More

“This is how the Americans truly are…” is a sentence we keep hearing in Germany these days. We keep trying to summarize people from or living in certain countries as one homogeneous group—“The Polish,” “The Russians,” or “The Israelis.” We think that they look, think, and behave in certain ways even as we usually dislike …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics German gold repatriation ahead of schedule (DW) Germany urges more investments in Africa (DW) Uncertainty surrounding Trump’s travel ban hurting airlines, U.S. tourism (CBS News) World stocks extend gains sparked by Trump tax cut vow (The Washington Post) Germany’s Global …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Trans-Atlantic Mood Sours as Merkel Refutes Trump on Euro (Bloomberg) ECB has an inflation problem … called Germany (Politico) Merkel rejects U.S. comments, says Germany cannot influence euro (Reuters) Germany’s exporters fear Trump effect on trade (Financial Times) U.S. protectionism …Read More

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