We are proud to announce that AICGS has recently received the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that AICGS adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of …Read More

On November 5, 2015, AICGS convened its fourth annual symposium at Deutsche Bank in New York, which centered on the millennial generation’s role in the evolution of the German-American relationship. The participants focused in particular on the challenges facing international organizations and the young generation’s perception of those institutions. The first panel explored why the …Read More

Amid the tensions between Berlin and Washington generated by the NSA affair, one might be tempted to remind both sides of the Atlantic that (apologies to Jack Nicholson’s character in “A Few Good Men”), “you can’t handle the truth.” While the current news headlines in Germany and the U.S. both reference the same acronym—NSA—the debate …Read More

  In light of key challenges that lie ahead for the European Union (EU) as a political and economic entity, Germany’s role as a central power has become increasingly crucial for the cohesion of the EU. In order to fulfill that role, Germany must give up its position as a leader from behind and embrace its role as a regional power. How …Read More

At an AICGS workshop about Germany’s cultural policies in 1998, Harvard historian Charles Maier summarized his critical observations in one sentence: “Germany is a country that wants to run without a major-league foreign policy which means cultural representation, as well as political—but without the assets of empire, without the asset of Francophonie, without the asset …Read More

There are many anniversaries in 2015 tied to the end of World War II, now seven decades ago. The capitulation of Germany and Japan ended a war in which many millions died across multiple continents. The world had never experienced such wartime casualties—nor had it experienced such organized barbarism. Countries in Europe will recall May 8, …Read More

Cybersecurity at the top of Obama’s agenda On the heels of the newly-released cybersecurity framework, President Obama is expected to sign an executive order today that will encourage information sharing between the government and companies who come under cyberattack. Read AICGS’ analysis of cybersecurity as it pertains to both German and American companies and societies, …Read More

This is a story about the secret of freedom—courage.  Germans in Leipzig courageously faced down a regime that had killed fellow citizens, whose only crime was to seek freedom and escape over the Berlin Wall. East German leader Erich Honecker predicted in January 1989 that the Berlin Wall would last 100 years. Would it? In …Read More

Carl Bildt, until recently Sweden’s foreign minister, told Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in 2003: “For a generation Americans and Europeans shared the same date: 1945. A whole trans-Atlantic alliance flowed from that postwar shared commitment, free markets and the necessity of deterring the Soviet Union. America saw the strength of Europe as …Read More

Contrary to popular lore, the Berlin Wall did not fall on November 9, 1989. Nor did it fall in Berlin. It fell on October 9 some 120 miles away, in Leipzig. First, civil courage—a rare quality in German history—had to dissolve the four-decade-old mental wall of East German fear. Only thereafter could the cement wall …Read More

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