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The Chemnitz/Charlottesville Era and Readjusting What to Expect of Government

After the recent week of protests in Chemnitz, comparisons to the events of Charlottesville’s 2017 “Unite the Right” rally have abounded. And with good reason. Both events forced their respective …

Shedding Light on War’s Victims

Historical memory and the experiences of war’s victims continue to emerge more than seventy years after the end of World War II. AICGS’ focus on reconciliation between former enemies in …

Do Disputes over History Define German-Polish Relations?

Three recent or upcoming events remind us of the centrality of history in the German-Polish partnership: foreign minister Heiko Maas’ visit to Auschwitz on August 20, the 79th anniversary of …

Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II

Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific Edited by Daqing Yang and Mike Mochizuki Why do some governments and societies attach great significance to a particular anniversary year whereas others seem less …

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Squaring the Gender Circle: Merkel, Men, and the CDU/CSU “Master Plan” Crisis

In November 2005, Angela Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor, the youngest person to reach the nation’s top leadership post to date. Having lost his own bid for the chancellorship …

On Identity: Where Are You Really From?

The Centre for Turkey Studies and Integration Research (Stiftung Zentrum für Türkeistudien und Integrationsforschung) at the University of Duisburg-Essen conducts an annual multi-topic study involving citizens of Turkish descent who …

The Robustness of Franco-German Relations in an Unstable Europe

The European Union faces an existential crisis of dramatic proportions, occasioned by Brexit; nationalism and populism in several member states; internal sclerosis; and challenges from a chaotic international system created …

Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders

The AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. …

Exploring Immigration and Integration Initiatives in Germany

AICGS Minority Exchange Program Immigration and integration challenges are at the forefront of policy discussions in the U.S. and Germany. How can our societies adapt to newcomers and what services …

Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation: Cross-Cultural Understanding and Joint Action

AICGS is pleased to present two essays from the third round of the AICGS New Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Diversity. This innovative program establishes new connections between communities …

The Story of Bert Reiner, the Toy Maker, or: An Appreciation of the Individual Experiences of Former Shanghai Jewish Refugees

During the 1983 Christmas season, Coleco Industries, Inc. took the world by storm with a novel concept for a doll:  Each doll was unique and would be adopted by a …

Teachers as “Civil Ambassadors” for German-American Dialogue and Understanding

Public debate about the transatlantic partnership on the civil society level and programs to foster international understanding often focus on the potential of the younger generations. In the present situation, …

The Mantra of “Special Relationships”

One should be skeptical if there is a consensus across party lines in the Bundestag. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, …

Arise and Shine! The Role of Korean Protestant Churches in a Time of Conflict

In world history, Christianity was sometimes a source of conflict as shown in the cases of the Crusades and the Thirty Years’ War. On the other hand, Christian churches also …