DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Dr. Daniela Schiek’s presentation on March 27, 2014, dealt with her findings after researching what she calls the “9/11 Generation” and how that event shaped our foreign policy for over a decade, triggered two wars, and, to varying extents, had a personal effect on most Americans.

The AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program and the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center hosted a public panel discussion titled “From Memory to Mending: Lessons for Eastern Europe from Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation.” The purpose was to bring together leading experts to assess how lessons gleaned from Germany’s experience of post-World War II reconciliation with neighboring states, the Jewish community, and the wider world might be applied to promoting reconciliation within, between, and among states and societies in post-Communist Eastern Europe, with a special focus on Ukraine.

Taking place at AICGS on Friday, March 14 from 10:00am-12:00pm, this seminar aims to stimulate discussion on the ongoing reverberations of WWII from a transnational perspective and to explore the enduring impact of a disturbing past on subnational communities and their attempts at reconciliation.

In this Policy Report, Ruth Wittlinger, Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK and former DAAD/AICGS fellow, discusses the extent to which Germany’s Nazi past determined the democratic features of the Bonn Republic and its foreign policy. She then examines how German foreign policy evolved after 1990 and …Read More

On June 26, 1963, one million people lined the streets of Berlin and enthusiastically greeted President John F. Kennedy as he traversed the city on his way to Mayor Willy Brandt’s residence. He was riding in the very same blue convertible in which he would be killed only five months later in Dallas, Texas on …Read More

Marking twenty-three years of one Germany, President Joachim Gauck emphasized German citizens’ and policymakers’ responsibilities both domestically and internationally during his speech in Stuttgart on October 3, 2013. This speech touched on topics ranging as widely as education, European integration, data privacy, and international conflicts. Beyond individual issues, Gauck’s comments outlined the urgent need for …Read More

Is the future of Germany’s foreign policy going to continue to be led by the collective memory of the Nazi past? Even though collective memory often shapes political discourses, different lessons can be learned by adjusting the angle of analysis of the memory itself. I

On September 16, 2013, AICGS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation hosted Professor Bernd Faulenbach, Professor at Ruhr University Bochum, to lead a roundtable discussion “Does Memory Matter in Politics? The Impact of German History on Willy Brandt and the Impact of Willy Brandt on Germany’s Foreign Policy.” Willy Brandt was a champion of freedom and unity in Germany and Europe, and the discussion focused on how his past affected his political aims. The event was held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Willy Brandt’s birth.

During her Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation fellowship, Lina Nikou worked on her PhD project, focusing on how Holocaust survivors and emigrants in the United States experienced the official invitations issued by their cities of origin in Germany. The aim is to conduct an exemplary study on the reception of German reconciliatory efforts, which have …Read More

Ruth Wittlinger is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK. She has published widely on post-unification German foreign policy, collective memory of Germany’s Nazi past and European integration. Her most recent publications include a monograph on German National Identity in the Twenty-First Century: A Different Republic After …Read More