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Mothers: Remembering Three Women on the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Ida was terrified. She figured she would never see either her husband or brother ever again. For several days she fretted, not knowing what to do. While desperately trying to …

The Fate of Multilateralism: Can Civil Society Come to the Rescue?

Since the end of World War II, international cooperation has led to decades of unprecedented progress. From interconnected markets to the exchange of ideas and innovation, multilateral collaboration has set …

Hajo Funke, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2018. Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to …

Workforce Integration of Immigrants in the United States and Germany

Local and Religious Perspectives As immigrants and refugees arrive in both the U.S. and Germany, they must quickly navigate new bureaucracies, languages, and workforces. Religious institutions and organizations are key …

Ufuk Topkara, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Ufuk Topkara as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2018. He has been active in promoting inter-religious dialogue since 2005 as an expert on …

Germany’s Confrontation with Its Colonial History:  Are There Lessons from Grappling with the Nazi Past?

The anti-immigrant riots in Chemnitz at the end of August 2018 with their expressions of hate, intolerance, and xenophobia, including Nazi salutes, have led observers to question the depth of …

The First Genocide of the Twentieth Century

The recent handover of the remains of 27 individuals from Namibia that took place at the French Friedrichstadt Church in Berlin marked an important milestone in the process of questioning …

AICGS Launches Project on Integration in Germany as part of the “Year of German-American Friendship”

Washington, DC, October 3, 2018 – The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University announced today that it has received a grant from the German Federal …

Volker Rein, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Volker Rein as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in October and November 2018. Dr. Rein is an experienced social scientist specialized on developments in education and …

A Specter Is Haunting Europe

The thirteen-year era of “Mutti” (“mama”) Angela Merkel just ended—not with a bang, but with a whimper. Germany’s most beloved politician for a long decade was not voted out of …

The Hijacking of the German Immigration Debate

When the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) had their ugly spat over migration in July, few would have expected it to result in a new …

The Role of Fertility and Family Leave Policies in Shaping Fertility and Female Labor Supply: A Comparative Perspective

Raising fertility and female employment levels constitute primary concerns for policymakers in the developed world. Childcare subsidies, paid and unpaid parental leave, and direct per-child subsidies, often referred to as …

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 …