This second AICGS conference focused on the theme of workforce education will convene municipal leaders and immigration and integration experts to talk about both the challenges and commitments to integrating immigrants and refugees into the workforce. In June 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce joined with the Departments of Education and Labor to sign an …Read More

How do the political struggles on intellectual property rights play out at the international level? Conventional wisdom holds that business interests in the European Union and the United States dominate global economic governance. Indeed, historically, rights holders have been the driving force behind international intellectual property regulation.[1] However, more recently, materially weaker actors with diffuse …Read More

Introduction In “Why Islam is Like Spanish: Cultural Incorporation in Europe and the United States,” Aristide Zolberg and Long Litt Woon argue that Islam and Spanish pose cultural threats to the privileged positions of Christianity and English in Western European states and the U.S., respectively.[1] This rests on the notion that Western European states are …Read More

“Countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and many more are providing free or inexpensive higher education for their young people. They understand how important it is to be investing in their youth. We should be doing the same.” So opines 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the junior Senator from Vermont and currently the main challenger to …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

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Dr. Girma Parris is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in July and August, 2015, working on a project entitled “A Comparative, Historical Study of Policy Trajectories in US Bilingual Education and Islamic Religious Instruction in Germany.” Building on findings that argue that prospects for immigrant political incorporation are dependent on policymaking structures and the political history …Read More

In 2014, Lower Saxony became the last German state to completely waive tuition fees for all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This move comes at a time when student debt in the United States has exceeded credit card debt, totaling $1.3 trillion, and as students and their parents shell out thousands of dollars …Read More

AICGS Senior Research Associate Parke Nicholson sits down with Robert Lerman, Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and professor of economics at American University, to discuss his recent Policy Report for AICGS on the topic of workforce education in the United States and Germany.

Currently, many countries are experiencing a strong renewed interest in work-based training.[1] When it comes to discussions in this field, American policymakers usually identify dual apprenticeship training as the “crown jewel” of Germany’s admired skill formation system. In turn, their colleagues from Germany frequently travel to the U.S. to inform about the merits of the …Read More

What are elements of a successful apprenticeship system? To what degree should businesses be engaged in educating their workforce, and what other actors should participate in decision-making and evaluation? How can apprenticeship fit within the existing education system? The AICGS project “Employment, Education, and Training: Apprenticeship Models in Europe and the United States” looks to …Read More

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