Europe stands at the breaking point, facing a supermarket of security risks and challenges, from the return of an aggressive and geopolitically oriented Russia, to the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War and the specter of militant Islam, threatening to erupt not only in the Middle East but in the heart of Europe …Read More

The ISS will take place between September 27 and October 4, 2015 partly at the University of Jena and partly in Berlin. It is organized by the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS) at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Prof. Martin Leiner), the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University (Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman), and the School of Conflict Analysis and …Read More

On September 11, 2015, AICGS convened a seminar with Harry and Helen Gray Reconciliation Fellow Hubert Leber, who presented his project on “Reconciliation in Times of Crisis: German-Israeli Affairs under Helmut Schmidt and Menachem Begin.” His project centered on a critically important time in German-Israeli relations, the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period that …Read More

Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman will speak at this event organized by The George Washington University. About the conference: 2015 is a year of important anniversaries in the Asia Pacific. Without a doubt, the most significant for the region as a whole are those associated with the end of World War II in 1945, be it …Read More

Educating the future workforce is an ongoing challenge for the United States and Europe. Skills required by high-growth jobs are not necessarily being taught in traditional career paths, and there is a skills mismatch that leads to a growing shortfall of eligible workers. Germany’s apprenticeship system has successfully lowered youth unemployment and the U.S. administration …Read More

AICGS’ seminar on bilingual education in the United States and Islamic religious instruction in Germany with Dr. Girma Parris, DAAD/AICGS research fellow, used several case studies from both countries to analyze how two factors, elites’ historic views toward the two policy areas and the relative closed or open-ness of the policymaking systems, to explain why …Read More

The tourism boom in China that began in the late 1970s was as much a political as an economic project. Historical narratives promoted at tourist sites exert a major influence on popular historical memory and, through this, disseminate formulations about what China is and what it means to be Chinese. In this seminar, Visiting PhD …Read More

On July 9, AICGS hosted a roundtable discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with a delegation from the German Bundestag as well as representatives of the AFL-CIO and the German trade union IG Metall. The discussion revolved around the question as to whether TTIP would represent a race to the bottom or …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

AICGS held its annual Symposium in Germany on June 23, 2015 on “The Great Divergence: Are U.S. and European Economies Growing Apart?” The Symposium focused on the state of play of transatlantic relations with regard to the economic growth in both jurisdictions. Anthony Gardner, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, made a compelling case …Read More

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