The AICGS Business & Economics Program and the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) are pleased to host a roundtable discussion on Thursday, May 23, 2013 with Dr. Tim H. Stuchtey, BIGS Executive Director, on “WISIND – Making Well-Informed Decisions about Security Risks.”
On April 25, 2013, the AICGS Foreign & Domestic Policy Program hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign policy advisor, moderated by Dr. Jackson Janes, President of AICGS. The rich discussion focused on a number of foreign policy and economic topics, and stressed the German desire for European competitiveness and a balanced budget.
On March 4, 2013, AICGS, in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, hosted a discussion with Members of the German Bundestag’s Armed Forces Committee. The topics covered included the current state of European security; Germany’s relationship to NATO; and Germany’s role in Mali, Syria, Afghanistan, and Asia.
On February 12, 2013, AICGS hosted a seminar entitled “A Lost Year? The Relevance of the German Elections on European Stability” with Dr. Sebasian Dullien, a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Professor of International Economics at HTW, Berlin, the University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Dullien discussed Europe’s current financial status and projected its impact on the upcoming September German elections. He expressed cautious optimism toward Germany’s GDP growth in 2013 and predicted a CDU-SPD Grand Coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm.
On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, AICGS hosted a discussion with Dr. Michael Inacker, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt (a leading German language business newspaper). The discussion focused on developments in German politics and the economic outlook for the transatlantic relationship in 2013.
On November 28, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted the workshop “Sustainable Urban and Regional Transport Systems: Financing and Planning, ” made possible by a grant from the Daimler-Fonds im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. The workshop was hosted within a larger program on sustainable mobility entitled the “Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue.” The panelists discussed differences between planning and financing of German and American transportation systems, specifically in the Washington, DC and Baden-Württemberg regions.
Throughout the year AICGS has the pleasure of hosting private lunch discussions with policymakers and advisors that play a role in strengthening the U.S.-German relationship. We are pleased to host a special guest, German Ambassador Peter Ammon, on October 30, 2012. Ambassador Ammon will discuss the current developments in Europe with a particular focus on the European strategy to address the debt crisis. He will also discuss the domestic debates in Germany surrounding these issues.
AICGS and BakerHostetler LLP are pleased to host a reception celebrating Lily Gardner Feldman’s recently published book, “Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation: From Enmity to Amity” on October 25, 2012. The Honorable Thomas Matussek, Former German Ambassador to the United Nations and current Head of Public Affairs for Deutsche Bank AG, will the guest speaker, along with Rabbi Andrew Baker of the American Jewish Committee and Professor Gunther Hellmann of Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Throughout the year AICGS has the pleasure of hosting private lunch discussions with policymakers and advisors that play a role in strengthening the U.S.-German relationship. We are pleased to host a special guest, Richard W. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and member of the AICGS Chairman’s Council, on October 11, 2012. He will present an in-depth analysis of the U.S. and global economy and share his observations on the current situation in Europe and Germany’s role in fostering European integration.
On September 6, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a roundtable discussion on “WISIND – The Security Indicator for Germany.” Dr. Tim H. Stuchtey, Executive Director of the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) and a senior fellow at AICGS, discussed his current project: applying economic theory to homeland security issues by developing a system of numerical security indicators that would measure the security level in Germany.