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.

Asiye Kaya is a social scientist, and is currently a DAAD Visiting Professor at the BMW Center for German and European Studies. Dr Kaya is associated with the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University Berlin and a non-resident fellow in the program “Society, Culture and Politics” at the American institute for Contemporary German Studies …Read More

Zachary Shore is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He previously served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State through an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. He has …Read More

Joyce Marie Mushaben is a Professor of Comparative Politics, a Research Fellow in the Center for International Studies, and former Director of the Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies (2002-2005). Fluent in German, her teaching centers on comparative public policy, European politics, women’s leadership, citizenship, immigration and globalization. Her research covers new social movements, youth protest, …Read More

Alexander Ritzmann is the Senior Adviser MENA-Region (Middle East/North Africa) for the  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Cairo, Egypt. Before that, Ritzmann was a Senior Policy Advisor with the “European Foundation for Democracy” in Brussels and a Research Fellow with the “Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security” in Potsdam.  He specializes in Democracy …Read More

On October 25, 2011, the American Institute for Contemporary Studies (AICGS) hosted a discussion on “Immigrants in Foreign Policy Making in Germany and the U.S.: Two Very Different Struggles to Embrace Diversity.” During her talk, Ms. Henriette Rytz, DAAD/AICGS Fellow, analyzed how and why immigrant engagement in foreign policy making differs in Germany and the …Read More

With the recent arrest of three suspected al Qaeda members in Germany just days before the death of Osama bin Laden, it is important to address Muslim integration into German society as a deterrent to radicalization. Ambassador Kreft will discuss the challenges of Muslim integration in a changing landscape and elaborate on how an intercultural …Read More

On November 18, 2010, AICGS hosted a seminar with DAAD/AICGS Fellow Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio on “Friendship Assimilation, Ethnic Homophily, and Social Capital of Young Immigrants in the U.S. and Germany,” which was generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Prof. Dr. Windzio presented four dimensions of immigrant integration and assimilation, namely cognitive …Read More

On May 3, 2010, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a conference on the myriad challenges facing Muslims attempting to integrate into the political systems of the United States and Germany. These challenges were covered in three panels addressing specific components of political integration. …Read More

On April 16, 2010, the American Institute for Contemporary Studies (AICGS) hosted a discussion on “Integration 2.0: Local Government-NGO Cooperation and Transformation of Citizenship in the United States and Germany” as part of its Society, Culture & Politics Program. Dr. Scott Stock Gissendanner, DAAD/AICGS fellow, presented his research on the integration of immigrant groups in …Read More

On February 22, 2010, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) held a workshop in Berlin, Germany, on “What Role Do Religion and Culture Play in Integration? A Transatlantic Comparison of Muslim Integration in Germany and the U.S.,” which was made possible through the generous support of the Robert Bosch Foundation. The event was …Read More

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