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“The Chain Gang” Performs at the 19th Global Leadership Award Dinner

The Chain Gang formed in 1999, when all the band members were IBM employees and part of the Integrated Supply Chain organization. Thus, the band was fitting for the 19th …

Andrew I. Port Awarded the 2013 DAAD Prize for German and European Studies

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew I. Port of Wayne State University, the recipient of the 2013 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies for his outstanding academic work …

Virginia M. Rometty Receives the 2013 Global Leadership Award

AICGS congratulates Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, on receiving the 2013 Global Leadership Award from the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Each year, AICGS …

Shaping Transatlantic Solutions: Challenges of the 2012 and 2013 Elections

The U.S. elections in 2012 and the German elections in 2013 demonstrate that, despite their geographic distance, the two countries are confronted by both similar and shared problems: debt crises, …

Once Upon a Time, It Was a Man’s World: Women in Conservative Parties in Germany and the U.S.

With a gain of 7.7 percent or roughly four million electoral votes[1] in the recent federal elections, the German Christian Conservatives brought in the best results since 1990. That success …

Is All Repression Created Equal?

In light of recent and ongoing revelations of mass surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency, Germany has reflected on its past history with state surveillance. Commenting on whether the …

Keynote: 50 years of Franco German Youth Exchange Programs

Presenting the keynote speech at AICGS’ recent workshop on Political and Societal Leadership in Encouraging Reconciliation, Markus Ingenlath discusses the experiences and best practices he has garnered from his tenure as Secretary …

Receiving Reconciliation? Invitations from German Cities to Jewish Refugees of National Socialism in the United States

“I don’t have anything to do with Germany anymore, other than the few times that I went there. And that’s very funny, because the first time, my friend who went …

The Impact of Textbook Diplomacy: Refraining from a Too Narrow Assessment

Along with official state apology, financial reparations for victims, and truth commissions, international textbook activities have been a core symbol of reconciliation since the end of World War II. The …

German-American Relations since 1990: No Future for Germany’s Past?

Germany’s reluctance to play a leadership role and to use military force is often explained with the continued impact of the collective memory of the Nazi period in contemporary Germany. …

German Unity Day: President Gauck Speaks on Freedom

Marking twenty-three years of one Germany, President Joachim Gauck emphasized German citizens’ and policymakers’ responsibilities both domestically and internationally during his speech in Stuttgart on October 3, 2013. This speech …