In Policy Report 39, “Different Beds, Same Nightmare: The Politics of History in Germany and Japan,” Professor Thomas Berger examines the characteristics of Germany and Japan that have shaped how the two countries respond to their histories from the Second World War. Citing differences in their histories, reckonings, and international political contexts, Professor Berger shows how despite these differences, Germany’s successes can provide a roadmap for reconciliation in northeast Asia.
When Germany elected a new government on 27 September 2009, it did so not with an eye to the party, economic, or political successes of the previous sixty years. Rather, the election displayed a startling realignment of the party system. This election, occurring as it did in the middle of a celebration of sixty years of the Federal Republic of Germany, can perhaps be seen as the beginning of a new period of German politics, and its impact on transatlantic relations will continue to be seen…
This German-American Issues edition, “Germany’s Founding Pillars at 60: Future Challenges and Choices” (#10), examines the dimensions of the three pillars on which the Federal Republic was founded: The future of the social market economy; the German Basic Law’s influence on the German military; and German-American relations from an eastern and western German perspective. This volume includes essays from Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner and Mark Prentice, Dr. Russell A. Miller, Clemens Wergin, and Dr. Torsten Wöhlert.
‘They Can and Must Increase’: An Analysis of U.S.-Russian Economic Relations in International Comparison
In Issue Brief 31, “‘They Can and Must Increase’: An Analysis of U.S.-Russian Economic Relations in International Comparison,” Deutsche Bank/AICGS Fellow Dr. Thorsten Nestmann analyzes the low level of bilateral economic exchange between Russia and the U.S. and provides some ideas on how to enhance U.S.-Russian economic relations to the benefit of both countries.
As Germany approaches its September federal election, how will this election shape German-American relations in the coming months? In Issue Brief 30, Jessica Riester, Research Program/ Publications Coordinator at AICGS, examines the policy challenges facing the two countries and the expectations each country has for the other before and after the election, arguing that the German-American relationship can flourish in 2009 and beyond.
According to popular opinion, German and U.S. approaches to counterterrorism could not be more different. However, when looking past the rhetoric and focusing on domestic counterterrorism responses, one sees that German and U.S. approaches are not as different as commonly thought, argues Dr. Dorle Hellmuth, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow and professor at American University. Especially since terrorism is a global issue that requires cooperation amongst nations, it is crucial to highlight the many similarities between German and U.S. counterterrorism challenges, objectives, and practices, Dr. Hellmuth writes.
Whatever the outcome of the September elections, Germany’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East will remain by and large stable writes AICGS Non-resident Fellow Almut Möller. In her essay “The Future of Germany’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East: European, Transatlantic, and Eventually More German?” Möller argues that Germany will continue to cooperate with the European Union in its Middle East policies and will seek a strong link with the Obama administration in Washington in the face of such challenges as the war in Iraq, the Iranian nuclear program, the fragmentation of the Palestinian territories, and the Israeli invasion in Gaza.
The current economic crisis has brought commitments of considerable government support for education in the recovery packages of both the United States and Germany, writes former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Justin J.W. Powell, Senior Research Fellow at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. When enacting new reforms, Dr. Powell argues, both countries can continue to learn from the other’s successes and failures as a way to develop skill formation systems far beyond what each country could have accomplished alone.
The Federal Republic of Germany turns sixty in 2009—and she has had a breathtaking life so far. Born out of the devastations of World War II, she worked hard to overcome the physical and psychological damages. She had a flourishing youth when she was around twenty, known in the history books as the “Wirtschaftswunder.”…
Ideas, Institutions and Organized Capitalism: Germany, Europe and Twenty-first Century Economic Policy Models
For much of the past two decades, the literature on the German economy has largely focused on the erosion of the German form of organized capitalism and emphasized institutional decline and the corresponding rise of neo-liberalism. Yet, in the
past few months, the world-wide financial crisis has challenged the virtues of the apparent neo-liberal hegemony and perhaps opened up once again a debate regarding appropriate economic policy models…