In an era that has relegated television, and television news for that matter, to playing defense, it is refreshing for a recovering journalist such as myself to see that international TV outlets are still betting that they will continue to play a central role in how news is gathered, filtered, and ultimately used by the …Read More

As reports emerge about the cooperation between Germany’s intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), and the U.S.’ National Security Agency (NSA), the German government is coming under increasing pressure from the public. According to the opposition party Die Linke, the government made false statements to the Bundestag regarding its findings of attempted industrial espionage by the …Read More

If you have a basic understanding of the science and politics related to climate change, do not read the following paragraph—most of it will sound self-evident! Yet, given the way climate change is often debated in the media, the following statements could be a useful template for a preamble for anyone contributing to this debate: …Read More

The seminar by DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Dr. Michael Brüggemann focused on the evolving role of journalists in the U.S. and Germany. This is an important topic of study because it is through journalism and the media that the general public gathers much of its knowledge of climate change.The event was moderated by Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program.

The world has been closely following the partial shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government. The drama playing out in America’s capital is as much a subject of ridicule overseas as it is a source of growing international concern. The German media, in almost synchronized cohesion, has referred to the government shutdown as a tragic event …Read More

AICGS is pleased to be able to offer its members the ability to participate in its first media conference call concerning the upcoming German Constitutional Court’s decision on the legality of the new European bailout fund and fiscal pact on September 12. Their decision has the power to clear the way for the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the permanent bailout fund, to become operational. If the court decides the ESM cannot be ratified by Germany, the rescue fund would not have the financial means to do its job. Things in the euro zone could quickly unravel. Speculative attacks on Spain and Italy would quickly follow, pushing up yields for their sovereign bonds to unsustainable levels. Even France could come under fire.

Dr. Torsten Wöhlert is currently the Press Spokesman to the Berlin Senate on Cultural Affairs. Previously, he held positions as Foreign Policy Advisor to MP Manfred Müller, Foreign and Domestic Policy Editor at the weekly Freitag, Visiting Scholar at AICGS, and Assistant Professor at Humboldt University Berlin, Institute for Peace and Conflict Research. Dr. Wöhlert …Read More

In a new AICGS Podcast, John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and Alexander Privitera of N24 discuss with Dr. Jackson Janes German and American media reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden and how they reflect the national views of this incident. Additionally, the discussants examine what this means for Germany’s participation in Afghanistan as well as future allied military engagements.

By most measures the United States today is a religiously tolerant country, despite its past history of discrimination against many minority faith communities, writes Mark Rozell, Professor at George Mason University, in Issue Brief #36, “Religious Tolerance and Islam: A Comparative Analysis.” In comparison, societal acceptance of Muslims has been far more difficult to achieve in western Europe than in the United States, Rozell argues, and he cites some reasons for this difference in acceptance, additionally focusing on the role of the media. This Issue Brief is part of AICGS’ project on the “Integration of Muslim Immigrants in Germany and the United States,” which works to deepen German and American understanding of immigration and integration of Muslims.

One of the most debated issues in the transatlantic partnership is the NATO mission in Afghanistan. In January 2010, the London Conference on Afghanistan brought together delegations from around the world to discuss the military engagement in Afghanistan as well as the future of the country. AICGS Research Associate Kirsten Verclas explores how this conference surrounding one of the most contested issues in the German-American partnership was covered by the German and American media and outlines the reasons behind the coverage.

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