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.

Between 1904 and 1908, over 100 000 people were killed in the first genocide of the twentieth century.[1]  Only 20 percent of the Herero and about 50 percent of the Nama survived the mass extermination committed under German colonial rule in today’s Namibia. The German government has never officially recognized the genocide as such.  It …Read More

In 2012, the short documentary “Kony 2012” by the NGO Invisible Children created a social media blitz and massive public support for intervention against the warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda. Partially as a result of the public attention, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to support the African Union in a military intervention against Kony. …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics German business confidence at an all-time high (Deutsche Welle) Europe’s chances for wage boom look slim (The Wall Street Journal) Investors waiting in the wings as bankrupt Air Berlin makes final flight (Deutsche Welle) Foreign and Domestic Policy Administration begins to implement …Read More

Eric Kisch is a historian.  Although he does not hold a Ph.D. and made a comfortable living as a market researcher, he is a historian nonetheless.  The signs are all there: the storytelling, the pictures, the artwork, and the shelves of countless books, vinyls, CDs, and DVDs.  His house is a veritable feast for curious …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics President Donald Trump’s trade balance accusation ignores the digital sector (Handelsblatt) EU leaders differ in assessment of Brexit Progress (Deutsche Welle) Chinese takeovers in Europe: the dragon’s return (Handelsblatt) Report: Pollution killing more people than war and violence, also causing huge economic …Read More

Relations between Asian countries are influenced by historical consciousness. The expression of that consciousness, which is extremely politicized in Asia, plays an important role in building or destroying modern relationships.

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Geoeconomics Trump sets NAFTA goals: dilute pact’s force, weaken regional bonds (Wall Street Journal) EU bid for gas talks with Moscow falters (Reuters) European fintechs licensing to become simpler (Handelsblatt) Bitcoin reaches new milestone by smashing past $5,000 mark (Bloomberg) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

The reconciliation process in Northeast Asia, notably between Japan and South Korea (Republic of Korea), is still far from being a success story. The governments of the two states have been able to normalize their relations over the last seventy-two years since the end of the Pacific War. Nevertheless, historical matters continue to impede further …Read More

Lukas Welz is chairman of AMCHA Germany, an institution that supports the psychosocial aid for Holocaust survivors in Israel. Within this volunteer position he developed the PresentPast dialogue forum on trauma that brings together practitioners and scientists. He currently serves as policy advisor in the German Bundestag and works for a NGO in the field …Read More

Dr. Christiane Wienand is a historian and works at the University of Heidelberg (Universität Heidelberg), Germany. She is Executive Director (Geschäftsführerin) of the Heidelberg School of Education (HSE), the joint institution for teacher training of the University of Heidelberg and the University of Education Heidelberg. Prior to this, Christiane worked as a postdoctoral researcher in …Read More

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