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.

The transatlantic relationship is undergoing a fundamental shift in that the idea of the West as a community of values and interests is in question—not only since the election of the new U.S. president and Brexit, but also since populist forces have gained ground on the European continent. The last year has revealed a fundamental …Read More

The AICGS project “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. The project participants are young leaders in a variety of fields who have been working together for several months in three groups representing the AICGS …Read More

Coming to grips with the proliferation of populist movements in Europe is not a new preoccupation. Right-wing and left-wing protest parties have long been part of the political landscape. Until recently, they have not advanced much beyond the local or regional levels of support and some have almost completely disappeared over time. Yet today we …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany’s Schaeuble Calls for Euro Zone Parliament (US News) Germany Just Smashed an Energy Record, Generating 85% Electricity From Renewables (Futurism) Germany’s Siemens to cut 2,700 jobs as it modernizes IT unit (Fox News) Slate of data shows Germany economy …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics German unemployment at historic lows (DW) Bundesbank warns of German real estate bubble (DW) Senate approves measure to fund the government through September (The Washington Post) Oil craters to its lowest level since November (Business Insider) U.S. labor market tightening; …Read More

Sabrina Axster is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in May and June 2017. She is currently a doctoral student in Global Affairs at Rutgers University and will be transferring to join the Political Science Department at Johns Hopkins University in September 2017. Prior to joining Rutgers University, Ms. Axster was a research consultant at the United Nations Department of …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump says no plan to pull out of NAFTA ‘at this time’ (Washington Post) Tesla hikes pay to quell unrest at key German supplier (Reuters) Germany claims it is finally bringing down large trade surplus (The Local DE) Germany Tightens …Read More

Anticipated demographic changes in the United States suggest that many communities—and their workforces—will be increasingly minority-based, with Hispanic population growth outpacing other minority groups. Young minorities across the country will be seeking employment in a variety of fields, including in technical fields that require solid knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). AICGS’ project …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations  Business and Economics Trump just signed a ‘buy American’ order, but his own businesses don’t (Business Insider) How Donald Trump affects America’s tourist business (The Economist) Probe could lead to duties on all steel imports (Politico) Schauble defends German trade surplus in the …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics If Germany’s Got a Jobs Miracle, Not Everyone’s a Believer (Bloomberg) Machine exports to Russia: China overtakes Germany (DW) High Time to Cut Germany’s Tax Burden, Economists Tell Merkel (Bloomberg) Germany’s Schäuble promises ‘moderate’ tax cuts (DW) Foreign and Domestic …Read More

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