A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement

About the Project

AICGS is pleased to announce a new project entitled “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” which engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of global issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. The 3-year project is funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). A group of eight participants per program area and project year (July 1 – June 30) come together with AICGS project leaders during two virtual meetings (video conferences) and two conferences in Washington, DC. AICGS has identified one overarching theme in each of its program areas:

  • Foreign & Domestic Policy: the Transatlantic Partnership in the Global Order
  • Society, Culture & Politics: Civil Society, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
  • Business & Economics: Economic and Monetary Union and European Integration

During the course of the project year each program area convenes one group and holds two virtual meetings. The two conferences will bring all three groups together in a day-long, joint discussion followed by a day of site visits in Washington, DC. In addition, AICGS will feature several blogs by the participants on their topic of expertise; participants will identify policy recommendations to address or solve the issues of concern that will be presented at the final conference; and the project ends each year with a final publication and a briefing on the project results in Berlin with a few select participants as well as local experts in the areas of politics, economics, and the media.

Group Leaders:

  • Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Senior Fellow and Director SCP Program, AICGS (Society, Culture, & Politics Program)
  • Dr. Jackson Janes, President AICGS (Foreign & Domestic Policy Program)
  • Elke Kallenbach, Minister Counselor, Head of Finance Section German Embassy (Business & Economics Program)

For questions about this project, please contact Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants, AICGS, at sdieper@aicgs.org.

This program is generously funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Additional support was provided by The German Marshall Fund of the United States.


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The eight participants of the Business & Economics Program group came together for a second virtual meeting on January 26, 2017. The discussion focused on future challenges for the American and European economies under the new U.S. administration. Among the issues the group confronted was the question of what an “America First” approach means to …Read More

The first conference of “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. Young leaders in the fields of foreign and domestic policy; society, culture, and politics; and business and economics will come together to address challenges …Read More

The eight participants of the Society, Culture & Politics Program group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 30, 2016. The topic of discussion was Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation The discussion revolved around several focus questions: Is there a distinctive approach to Germany’s global role in promoting conflict resolution and reconciliation? …Read More

The eight participants of the Business & Economics Program group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 16, 2016. The discussion focused on the lessons of recent economic crises as well as future challenges for the American and European economies. Among the questions the group confronted were how we see the problems emerging …Read More

The eight participants of the Foreign & Domestic Policy group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 7, 2016. The aim of the meeting was to lay out the areas of focus, identify potential conflicts for the transatlantic relationship, and to find solutions to address the issues of concern. The group focused on …Read More


The Specter of Uncertainty

Policies for Strengthening the Transatlantic Relationship from the Next Generation of Leaders

The Specter of Uncertainty

AICGS is pleased to present the written results of the first year of its new project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement.” The six authors together with several other young Americans and Germans engaged with each other during the course of several months in 2016/17 in discussions to identify solutions to global issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. The purpose of the project is to emphasize the important role of the next generation of transatlantic leaders and experts and to give them a platform and voice in the critical dialogue of crucial global issues that require joint transatlantic attention and solutions.  The project participants come from a variety of disciplines and have a wide array of expertise. Representing the three AICGS Program Areas—Foreign & Domestic Policy; Business & Economics; and Society, Culture & Politics—the participants formulated a set of recommendations that were presented in a variety of venues and through innovative means. The essays presented in this Policy Report summarize the outcome of a year-long engagement with current critical transatlantic issues, which included the future of trade agreements, the role of civil society in conflict resolution, and the rise of populism as a threat to European cohesion.

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Policy Recommendations for Civil Society:
Insights from the Next Generation

This video amasses the recommendations for transatlantic civil society arrived at by a group of four young Germans and four young Americans over this past year. The focus of the group’s discussion was the role of civil society in reconciliation at a time of uncertainty. The group looked at both the bilateral German-American relationship and German-American cooperation in the international arena to promote conflict resolution and reconciliation.

Project News


Global Responsibility

What Solutions are available to Germany and the United States to Address International Problems?
on Mar 31, 2017


A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Foreign & Domestic Policy Virtual Meeting
on Jan 31, 2017


A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Business & Economics Virtual Meeting
on Jan 26, 2017


Global Responsibility

How Do Germany and the United States Engage with One Another to Address International Problems?
on Oct 24, 2016