Even though Germany and the United States will share their presence—with Ghana and Portugal—in Group G (aka the Group of Death) at the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil, and even though they will play against each other on June 26 in Recife, the tournament’s cultural importance, social significance, emotional involvement and overall ramifications will be …Read More

In his seminal book in 1959, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, famous sociologist Erving Goffman proposed that people interact with each other as actors on a stage and, in doing so, they seek to control the image. According to Goffman, our perception of what is going on is created by the interactions we …Read More

Discussing the differences in and implications for reconciliation in Europe and Northeast Asia, Seunghoon Emilia Heo focuses on the need for leadership and dialogue to overcome past conflict. True dialogue, she finds, requires a lessening of old expectations and an attitude of acceptance. Only by doing so can Korea and Japan overcome the roadblocks to …Read More

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

Watch these clips from this panel from the AICGS Annual Symposium: Top of the Agenda: What Concerns Millennials? (2:44) Will Millennials Breath Life into Transatlantacism? (3:06)  A Perfect Generational Storm: U.S. Millennials Are Political Characters (3:45)  The Digital Divide in Tübingen (1:54) The “Millennial Generation,” those born between approximately the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s, is …Read More

Arguing that Millennials are politically far different from their parents, Pia Bungarten of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Washington, DC Office provides her perspective on the recent German elections and, in addition to a broad analysis of Millennials’ impact, focuses on the center-left. This speech was presented at the recent event “Values, Challenges, and Opportunities for …Read More

In light of recent and ongoing revelations of mass surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency, Germany has reflected on its past history with state surveillance. Commenting on whether the common comparisons Germans have drawn between the present scandal and their history with surveillance, this essay is an excerpt, written by Andrew I. Port, from …Read More

On November 19, 2013, AICGS hosted a workshop on “Values, Challenges, and Opportunities for a New Political Generation in Germany and the U.S.” with the support of the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

Presenting the keynote speech at AICGS’ recent workshop on Political and Societal Leadership in Encouraging Reconciliation, Markus Ingenlath discusses the experiences and best practices he has garnered from his tenure as Secretary General of the Franco German Youth Office (OFAJ/DFJW). Marking its fiftieth anniversary this year, 2013, the OFAJ/DFJW promotes intercultural understanding and personal development through organizing exchange programs …Read More

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