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Our societies are changing on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to demographic change, immigration and integration, and regional differences—among other factors. Greater understanding about our cultures, an open exchange about emerging issues, and fostering dialogue between different groups can help German and American societies build stronger internal and external connections and awareness.
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The Rise of Populist Movements in the United States and Europe: Joint Challenge, Joint Answers Needed

The largest political challenge facing Europe and the United States at the moment is also the largest challenge currently facing the transatlantic relationship. Populist movements put the very core of …

Walls Against Migration? About Perceived Truth in the U.S. Migration Debate and the Effectiveness of Border Protection Measures

Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border shines a spotlight on the issue of border protection. This article investigates how effectively walls and border control measures …

Closing the Skills Gap: The Importance of Educating a Diverse Workforce

Issue Brief 55 Anticipated demographic changes in the United States suggest that many communities—and their workforces—will be increasingly minority-based, with Hispanic population growth outpacing other minority groups. Young minorities across …

Re-Invest in the Transatlantic Bargain

It is no secret that the United States shoulders the lion’s share of NATO’s defense spending. This was true during the Cold War, where the U.S. funded roughly one-half of …

Working toward Being an Inclusive, Welcoming Home for Immigrants and Their Families

I recently visited Charlotte, North Carolina with a small group convened by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). The purpose of the trip was to examine how Charlotte, …

Integrating Refugees into the Workforce: A Shared Migration Challenge of the United States and Germany

When it comes to migrants and refugees, the policy differences between the U.S. and Germany are vast these days. Trump and Merkel seem polar opposites: One trying to halve refugee …

Life in a new land: a refugee’s journey

AICGS Senior Migration Fellow Victoria Rietig tells the Christian Science Monitor that refugees face a clash of needs: the need to make money versus the need for skills training. Read the full …

Integrating Young Minorities into the Workforce: Lessons from Charlotte, NC

Dr. Ryan Monroe is Chief Academic Officer at Carlos Rosario School in Washington, DC.  He was a participant in AICGS’ site visits in Charlotte, NC, as part of the Institute’s …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: What Is Populism?

With the ripple effect of Donald Trump’s election still being felt not only in the U.S., but all over the world, many are scrambling to find explanations for how that …

Germany’s Population is Growing and Changing as It Adjusts to New Realities

In January, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) announced that the country’s population is likely growing again—a direct result of an increase in immigration since 2012.  The latest preliminary survey results indicate …

Demolition Enterprise Trump: A Manual for Saving the Transatlantic Relationship

Transatlantic relations play an important role in how the West reacts to the challenges of the twenty-first century, and certain measures must be taken to maintain the relationship under the …

Working Against Mental Shortcuts: Learning to Value Different and Complex World Views

“This is how the Americans truly are…” is a sentence we keep hearing in Germany these days. We keep trying to summarize people from or living in certain countries as …