Why Become a Member?
AICGS Membership Program
AICGS provides you with knowledge, insights, and networks as tools to solve the challenges ahead for the American-German relationship. As AICGS approaches its 30th anniversary, we are planning new ways to enhance the Institute as a vibrant, useful resource for you and the many others who support us.
There are significant changes occurring in Europe, and these changes impact Germany’s role and influence at a turbulent time. There has not been a greater focus on Germany, its policies, and its central importance in the development of Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As President Obama stated in his 2012 State of the Union address, Europe is a vital partner to the United States, encompassing both problems and possibilities. Germany’s key position in setting Europe’s agenda was highlighted when Chancellor Merkel was in Washington last June. Germany and the U.S. continue their close consultation and coordination concerning political, economic, and security issues at the most senior levels. High-level visits between the countries take place frequently, and the U.S. and Germany cooperate actively in international forums. AICGS is a frequent host of those meetings. Particularly in the economic realm, German companies are an innovative force, not just in Germany, but also in the United States.
The American-German relationship is crucial not only to the future of both countries, but also to the world as it strives to foster peace and prosperity.
From multiple perspectives, the American-German relationship is crucial not only to the future of both countries, but also to the world as it strives to foster peace and prosperity. While there are sometimes differences between Berlin and Washington over policy priorities, there is no doubt that there is a common concern to maintain the shared goals of stability and security in a fast changing world.
We will identify challenges that are critical to the American-German dialogue, especially those for which a consensus between Germany and the U.S. might be more elusive.
In 2012, there will be an important election in the United States. The following year will see an equally important election in Germany. As the Institute has done in the past, AICGS will be focusing its work on topics important for the incoming U.S. administration and Congress. We will identify challenges that are critical to the American-German dialogue, especially those for which a consensus between Germany and the U.S. might be more elusive. The struggle to deal with the ongoing impact of the 2008 Great Recession has led to discussions about reforming policies and institutions at home and across the Atlantic. It also involves examining how we might learn from each other in confronting these changes. AICGS will continue to generate new and unique analysis of the current problems and solutions such as fiscal and monetary policies, reform of social policies, energy resources, and immigration, to name only a few.
Many foreign policy issues continue to engage policymakers both sides of the Atlantic. The continuing uncertainty in the Middle East, the future of our shared defense structures in NATO, relations with China and other areas of the world draw Germany and Europe together with the United States. AICGS is examining the need for priorities and policies to cope with these dramatic challenges.
We will focus our topics around our three program areas:
As a member, you will receive invitations to the many special events that we hold throughout the U.S. and Germany.
Membership will be on an annual basis, starting this calendar year. View a chart of our membership levels and benefits.
Please note that certain levels of membership allow you to enjoy all of the opportunities AICGS offers, including attendance at the annual Global Leadership Award Dinner. This year’s dinner is on October 23, 2012, when the CEO of Volkswagen, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, will receive the award.
We look forward to an exciting, productive year in which we can together examine the critical issues facing the U.S. and Germany. We are confident that we can collaborate on projects that will create a useful dialogue and promote knowledge and practical solutions for the future.