You can still support AICGS in 2016!

#GivingTuesday Success!

Thanks to the generous response of AICGS friends, we were able to meet our $6,000 goal in under a week during the #GivingTuesday campaign!


The #GivingTuesday contributions will help AICGS to provide new computers for our fellows, like Anna Stahl, whose research at AICGS looks at the U.S., Germany, and the EU’s response to the rise of China, or Katja Biedenkopf and her work on international climate diplomacy.  AICGS’ fellows are an essential part of our mission to strengthen the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world.

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Support AICGS’ Programs

Germany’s Global Responsibilities and Germany as an Evolving Leader

The euro crisis, the fight against terrorism, the German presence in Afghanistan, and Western relations with Russia are examples of situations in which Germany exercises its unique combination of engagement and deterrence. With growing challenges on the horizon—Brexit, growing nationalism, ISIS, the influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East—Germany will continue to be a valuable partner to the U.S. and a leader in Europe.

With this environment in mind, AICGS will conduct original research and examine the following topics under the umbrella of its three program areas, which in many cases overlap and intersect. You can choose to support:

Business & Economics Program

Foreign & Domestic Policy Program

Society, Culture & Politics Program

AICGS Research Agenda

How can we shape the future workforce? How can we bring better jobs to our citizens and enhance our economies? Educating the future workforce, which is increasingly diverse, is an ongoing challenge for the United States and Europe. Lessons can be learned from other countries’ experience in developing multiple career pathways and providing the necessary skills for their citizens despite national differences.
The U.S. presidential election is over, but the race for the Chancellery is just beginning. Will the issues we saw in the U.S.—rising populism, anti-immigrant rhetoric, personal attacks—also appear in Germany in 2017? Candidates and leaders must balance domestic priorities and foreign policy demands, while keeping an eye on public opinion. Understanding the political landscape is essential to maintaining German-American cooperation, and making sure the partnership can adjust to new challenges.
The revelations about NSA surveillance programs, major cyber-attacks against governments and businesses, and a renewed debate over civil liberties in cyberspace have deepened the urgency of confronting the core challenges of the digital revolution. The realignment of European and American views and practices on cyber policy will be a long process—a reordering of geo-political interests in order to establish a new policy paradigm that embodies the values of Western democracies. Germany and the United States will continue to be at the forefront of addressing these challenges and establishing a clear and commonly-accepted framework for the full range of digital foreign policy issues.

U.S.-China relations and German-Chinese relations have evolved separately over many decades. Washington has rarely shown interest in Europe’s approach to Asia beyond bold dismissals and the transatlantic network on this topic is worryingly thin. Both Washington and Berlin need to engage in serious policy dialogue over their respective interests with and approaches to China

The U.S. and Germany struggle with integrating immigrant populations and crafting immigration policies for the twenty-first century. In Germany, cultural, religious, economic, and security concerns guide the debate, while in the U.S., the debate is focused primarily 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.

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 relationships—can serve as a guideline for continuing reconciliation in East Asia.

The younger generation, especially Generation Y or “millennials,” will be confronted with an evolving set of global challenges. They offer a unique perspective, but are often ignored and marginalized in the public discussion on these challenges. The next generation of leaders will be much more diverse due to changing demographics in both countries. The involvement of and the explicit consideration of the opinions and concerns of young generations, including those with a minority background, is essential for a robust political debate in both Germany and the United States and for sustaining the transatlantic partnership as we know it.

Why Should You Support AICGS?

AICGS is affiliated with the world-class Johns Hopkins University and delivers the highest standards of research and analysis.

For more than three decades, AICGS is the only American policy research center committed to pinpointing challenges facing Germany and the U.S., and examining the context and consequences of policy choices for German-American relations.

AICGS has vast partnership networks that continuously generate a unique portfolio of analysis, insights, and enhanced networks.