The inability to accept the past by Japanese leaders stands in stark contrast to Germany’s clear acknowledgment of its responsibility for the Holocaust. The deep layers of reconciliation Germany developed with France, Poland, Israel, and the Czech Republic stand in contrast to Japan’s apologies to its neighbors, which have been thin, intermittent, and devoid of follow-up in bilateral policies toward China and South Korea that show a genuine desire to make amends. Germany’s experience—apologize, offer compensation, build other relationship—can serve as a guideline for continuing reconciliation in East Asia.

AICGS is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Harry & Helen Gray Reconciliation Fellowship, which will bring the fellows to the Institute for a stay of 6 weeks in August and September.   Mr. Ivo Plsek is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Political Science.  His …Read More

On May 12, 2015, Germany and Israel celebrated fifty years of diplomatic relations, an anniversary that has generated extensive reflection on this remarkable friendship seventy years after the end of the Holocaust and of World War II. Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics …Read More

On May 13, 2015, Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics Program at AICGS, chaired a panel on the Armenian genocide entitled “2015 and its horrors : A century after 1915” at the conference Armenians and the Legacies of World War I, held at the Brookings Institution. …Read More

This conference was a joint event of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and Action Reconciliation Service for Peace. Please view the full agenda here. How is the German-Israeli relationship faring after fifty years of diplomatic ties? Once heralded as a “special relationship,” is this the case still today? If so, to what …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

AICGS held its second annual “Transatlantic Dialogue of the States, Cities, and Communities” on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The conference examined how states and cities address the challenges of the twenty-first century and how they interact and learn from each other. View the Draft Agenda Panel I: How Cities are Responding to the Energy Transformation …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

Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman sits down with Katharina von Münster, Communications Director at Action Reconciliation /Service for Peace, in this interview to discuss how German volunteers from her organization help the reconciliation processes between communities in Europe, Israel, and the United States.

The recent death of Richard von Weizsäcker is an occasion to reflect on the role he played in shaping Germany’s ability to come to grips with its past and face its future. In his many professional capacities, but most assuredly as President from 1984-1994, Richard von Weizsäcker articulated the challenges Germans confronted in building and …Read More

AICGS is pleased to work together with the Carnegie Endowment and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center with generous support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to host a one-day round table conference on January 15, 2015 on the role of historians and scholars in the resolution of protracted conflicts with competing historical narratives. Special …Read More

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