Time flies.  I am struck by how recent the events of the twentieth anniversary of the Mauerfall feel.  A rainy, but magical, memory. At first blush, 2009 seems a more innocent, more optimistic time than the more dangerous and uncertain environment of 2014.  While the various conflicts in the broader Middle East contribute to our …Read More

There were many expectations when the Wall came down. Not least among them that Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe would finally receive payments from Germany for their suffering. But a decade would pass before that happened. Germany was preoccupied with unification, and it was nervous about facing claims from newly independent Eastern European states …Read More

Like December 7, 1941, November 22, 1963, and September 11, 2001, November 9, 1989, is one of those dates remembered in freeze frame.  But it’s the rare exception that most of us are also likely to remember in Wordsworth mode.  Bliss was it in that night to be alive, and to be in Berlin was …Read More

AICGS held its third Annual Symposium on Monday, December 15, 2014 in New York City. This Symposium, held the same day as the AICGS Global Leadership Award Dinner, explored Germany and America’s roles in shaping the emerging global order and discussed new avenues for transatlantic cooperation. The keynote speaker was Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of …Read More

When was the last time you had a bit more than a “muggeseggele Zeit” to think about what really makes up our everyday cultural lives? For those familiar with German dialects, you might have heard this very Swabian expression “muggesegelle” to define a very small measure of something. There are a lot of such local …Read More

DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Dr. Daniela Schiek’s presentation on March 27, 2014, dealt with her findings after researching what she calls the “9/11 Generation” and how that event shaped our foreign policy for over a decade, triggered two wars, and, to varying extents, had a personal effect on most Americans.

To mark its 30th anniversary, AICGS is pleased to host a Symposium in Berlin entitled Measuring Expectations and Capabilities: The State of the German-American Dialogue. The symposium includes two panels, one examining the role of central banks , and the second focusing on the potential role of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

In advance of a new year, milestones can be a preoccupation of those looking ahead for guidance. 2013 offers a few such markers in German-American relations. They can both contrast and compare where we have been and what has changed, while perhaps even suggest what is ahead. In June there will be a ceremony marking …Read More

AICGS inaugurated the Global Leadership Award in 1994 to support the Institute’s mission of fostering understanding and closer ties between the United States and Germany. The Award recognizes the achievements of business pioneers and government leaders who have profoundly shaped the partnership between Germany and the United States.

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