German-Turkish relations, experiencing their fair share of turbulence in the past months, reached a new low last Wednesday when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet decided to redeploy some 260 German soldiers and Tornado surveillance as well as tanker planes that have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik airbase since December 2015 to Jordan. According to defense minister …Read More

AICGS is pleased to present four essays that were inspired by an international conference held in Berlin in October 2015: “Dealing with the Past in Spaces, Places, Actions, and Institutions of Memory: A Comparative Reflection on European Experiences.”  The ideas elaborated in the essays are the authors’ own and are not a representation of the …Read More

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

Part of AICGS’ project on a “Trilateral Dialogue between Germany, the U.S., and Turkey: Turkey’s EU Accession – Endless Negotiations?” this Issue Brief seeks to assess the future of Turkey’s relations with the EU and Germany in light of developments in the EU, security concerns in the Middle East, and domestic politics in Turkey. Download …Read More

Germany is home to more than three million of the five million people of Turkish origin in Europe. How do they integrate into the German society? How do they identify themselves? And what are the differences in their voting behavior in Germany and in Turkey? Dr. Murat Erdoğan, Visiting Fellow of the AICGS and Director …Read More

M. Murat Erdogan

Dr. M. Murat Erdoğan was a Visiting Fellow at AICGS from June – September 2014. While at AICGS, he worked on a project entitled “Political Behavior and Participation of the Turkey-Originated Residents in Germany for Turkey and Germany, and the Process of ‘Diasporization.’” In this work, Dr. Erdoğan continued his original survey “Euro-Turks Barometer,” which …Read More

More than ten years after the EU initiated negotiations for Turkey’s EU membership, the country remains locked in negotiations, with economic concerns, human rights, and the Cyprus issue looming large. Turkey is an essential country in the West’s relations with the Middle East and is a key NATO ally.  Germany, as a leader in the …Read More

AICGS’ conference on “EU Membership for Turkey: Endless Negotiations?” on February 7, 2014, featured panelists from Turkey, Germany, and the UK, including Ambassador Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Deputy Director General for International Academic and Educational Relations and Dialogue among Civilizations at the German Foreign Ministry. This conference was the second part of a trilateral dialogue on Turkey in cooperation with the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, and the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam, Germany.

After a flurry of enlargement in the early twenty-first century, the European Union may now be encountering enlargement fatigue. After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 in recognition of the success of the European project, the EU again looked at its foreign and enlargement policies, and the prospect for adding new member states. Although …Read More

There may be a lot of grumbling in parts of Europe about German arrogance in dealing with the euro crisis, but it has not interfered with record numbers of people immigrating to Germany. Last year that number totaled more than a million new immigrants (Statistisches Bundesamt), a wave not seen in over two decades in …Read More

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