The U.S. and Germany struggle with integrating immigrant populations and crafting immigration policies for the twenty-first century. In Germany, cultural and religious concerns guide the debate, while in the U.S., the debate is focused on socio-economic and security concerns. Looking at policies on both sides of the Atlantic can be useful in understanding how to develop successful policies for immigration and integration, bettering both German and U.S. societies.

Germany marked a cathartic moment on February 22nd with a somber ceremony surrounding the deaths of eight individuals killed over a decade by Nazi sympathizers throughout the country(Relatives Seek Closure After Killings Tied to Neo-Nazi Ring, New York Times, Merkel Asks Victims’ Relatives for Forgiveness, Spiegel Online International). The revelation of these murders shook the …Read More

Die Morde des „Nationalsozialistischen Untergrunds“ und die völlige Ahnungslosigkeit der Sicherheitsbehörden erschüttern Deutschland. Diese Verbrechen sind weit mehr als ein Akt von Kriminellen mit politischen Motiven. Dass rund 60 Jahre nach dem Holocaust in Deutschland wieder Menschen wegen ihres Glaubens und ihrer Herkunft ermordet werden, ist ein Anschlag auf die Demokratie. Zu Recht sprach Bundeskanzlerin …Read More

How did a right-wing terrorist group operate in Germany for thirteen years without being detected? In his essay entitled Neo-Nazi Terror: An Attack on Democracy, a Failure of Policy, Dr. Heiko Holste, Visiting Scholar at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, looks at the failures of German intelligence in stopping the extremist group known as the “National Socialist Underground” and the government’s underestimation of neo-Nazi groups in Germany.

Gibt es in Deutschland im Untergrund operierende rechtsextremistische Terrorstrukturen, gar eine „Braune-Armee-Fraktion? Seit knapp zwei Wochen ist bekannt, dass eine Gruppe Rechtsextremer über dreizehn Jahre hinweg in Deutschland gemordet und geraubt hat. Sie nennen sich „Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund“ (NSU), und bestehen nach Angaben der Bundesanwaltschaft im Kern vermutlich aus drei Personen, an die ein Netzwerk von …Read More

In his essay entitled Does a “Braune-Armee-Fraktion” in Germany Exist?, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Alexander Ritzmann examines whether the “Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund,” or National Socialist Underground (NSD), can be categorized as a terrorist group. Having recently come into the public spotlight following more than a decade of under the radar murders and robberies, the German Federal government, argues Mr. Ritzmann, must be cautious in labeling this newly surfaced group.

In his essay 50 Years After: What Germany and Turkey Need is a State Treaty, Rana Deep Islam, Ph.D. student at Erlangen University and former DAAD/AICGS Fellow, reflects on the current state of German citizens with a Turkish background following the 50th anniversary of the guest workers agreement between Germany and Turkey. According to Mr. Islam, while German politics have been slow to fully welcome Turkish integration, Berlin must act quickly to forge stronger ties with Ankara.

In a globalized world, domestic politics no longer stop at the water’s edge, as transnational actors have emerged who push beyond existing borders. Some are driven by hybrid identities that reach beyond the contours of the nation-state. These ethnic interest groups represent immigrants and pursue a particular interest in foreign policy toward their country of …Read More

On January 27, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), together with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), hosted a workshop on “Education, Organization, and Technology: The Keys to Muslim Integration in the U.S. and Germany.” The workshop was generously supported by the Draeger Foundation. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of young …Read More

Dr. Rana Deep Islam works as a Business Development Executive in the Government and Public Sector for Germany, Switzerland, and Austria at EY, one of the largest professional services firms. Prior to joining EY he worked as a campaign manager for the SPD’s chancellor candidate Martin Schulz during his campaign in the run-up to the …Read More

In his in-depth article “The Muslim-American Muddle” from National Affairs, Professor Peter Skerry examines the identity and crises of Muslim-Americans. While already dealing with being stereotyped by non-Muslim Americans as terrorists, Muslim-Americans must also navigate the many ethnic divisions within their own population. A new approach, argues Professor Skerry, is necessary to move forward.

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