Encouraging Civil Society in the Transatlantic Space
Society, Culture & Politics Recommendations
The recommendations presented here build on discussions held in 2017-2018 as part of the AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement.” These discussions used “civil society,” “conflict resolution,” and “reconciliation” in three ways:
- To assess the current status of bilateral U.S.-German relations in a time of uncertainty, focusing on both civil society and official relations.
- To analyze Germany’s role in the international arena on conflict resolution and reconciliation, looking at the cases of Germany’s relations with Israel, Poland, and France, and the comparative cases of Japan-Korea and Russia-Ukraine.
- To consider the German-U.S. tandem in the international arena, focusing on whether and how they cooperate or compete in promoting conflict resolution and reconciliation, using the cases of East Asia and former Soviet Union.
Group members asked:
- What are our current commonalities? Differences?
- Do we still want the same things?
- Should we look elsewhere for collaboration?
- What continues to hold us together?
- Do we still need the other to accomplish what we want for ourselves?
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