Celebrating the 25th anniversary of German unification, Richard Fisher, former President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and an AICGS Trustee, sits down with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes to share his views of Germany’s evolved leadership role in Europe and the importance of maintaining a strong German-American relationship to navigate challenges …Read More

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of German unification, AICGS Trustee Julianne Smith, Senior Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies, reflects on Germany’s path to a new leadership role in European and global affairs and emphasizes the need for Germany and the United States to work together to shape the future of international institutions …Read More

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of German Unity, Dr. William Gray, the winner of this year’s DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies in the field of Politics and International Relations, shares his assessment of the evolution of Germany’s leadership in Europe and the maturing of German-U.S. relations in global affairs.

In Washington, DC, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of German unity, Theo Waigel, former German Federal Minister of Finance, sits down with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes for a conversation on Germany’s new leadership role in Europe and its accomplishments, as well as its challenges, including the euro crisis, the refugee crisis, and Russian aggression, …Read More

Marking the 25th anniversary of German unity, Ambassador John Emerson joins AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes to discuss a unified Germany’s new role in Europe and the world. The ambassador highlights Germany’s increasing willingness to lead in international affairs and stresses the need for the post-unity generation in Germany and the U.S. to strengthen German-U.S. …Read More

Eight months after the Berlin Wall came down, Deutsche Bank returned to Eastern Germany. Our bank was founded in Berlin in 1870, but Soviet forces had closed all our branches in their zone of occupation following World War II.

Those who remember the heady days of 1989 in Europe will recall a breathtakingly fast pace of change. The chain of events in Eastern Europe seemed like a volcanic eruption of citizens and governments—an eruption that would change the contours of the continent in ways many had hoped for, but few expected in their lifetimes. In retrospect, it was in large measure set in motion by ordinary citizens who changed the course of history. The ripples of those days are still being felt today—a quarter of a century later.

How has German unity impacted the U.S. in terms of its policies and its expectations of Germany as part of that evolving Europe in which it has become so critically important? How have the following years impacted the shaping of U.S. foreign policy, its goals, and its application? What expectations emerged about the global role of the U.S. and our expectations of a unified Germany? The questions above are the ones on which AICGS has asked commentators in this series to reflect upon as the 25th anniversary of the unification of Germany approaches on October 3. They are all significant questions but, given the space constraints, I would like to limit this brief comment to one particular aspect on which I have some modest expertise: the extensive overlap between the process that yielded German unification and the process that yielded expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Taken as a whole, the 25 years following the fall of the Berlin Wall have in the West been an unquestioned success. Two parts of Germany merged hostile systems without drama or dangerous economic strain. To ensure that nationalism will not be reborn, the former Western Europe of the European Communities has expanded into a continent-wide Union of 28 democratic nations, some of which had not known true freedom in their entire histories.

AICGS is pleased to present this collection of essays reflecting on the 25th anniversary of German unification in October 2015. We are grateful to those who have contributed to this collection, all of whom have been affiliated with and supported the Institute in many different capacities. These essays leave us with thoughts not only about …Read More

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