Society, Culture & Politics Program


A Trying Transformation

Watching the celebration of Franco-German friendship this past week in Ludwigsburg should give anyone a reason to believe in the power of reconciliation in international affairs. Both Chancellor Merkel and …

Reconciliation Struggles Persist between Japan and Korea

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s recent visit to the Takeshima islands in Japan and his demand that the Japanese emperor apologize for Japan’s war atrocities has renewed the discussion surrounding …

Proper Remembrance – The Most Essential for Reconciliation

Everyone knows what the term “reconciliation” means, but few can provide a proper answer to the question, “Have Korea and Japan achieved reconciliation?” This irony arises partly from the conceptual definition of “reconciliation,” but it also springs from considering reconciliation to be a single fixed state.

ISNA Annual Conference: One Nation Under God: Striving for the Common Good

As part of the Institute’s effort to spark a dialogue among the American and German Muslim communities, AICGS was pleased to sponsor a German participant at the Islamic Society of …

The Political Party Puzzle: A German-American Dilemma

As the Republicans gavel their convention in Tampa to start the coronation of Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate – and with the Democratic party convention following in North Carolina …

Steps to Creating a Bicycle-Friendly City

Did you know that there is approximately one bicycle trip taken in the U.S. for every twenty taken in Germany? AICGS Fellow and Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning …

Die Betreuungsgeld-Debatte: Implications for Integration

On June 6, 2012, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a proposal that would issue financial support (a so-called Betreuungsgeld, or child care subsidy) to families who care for their toddlers …

Counting on the Courts

As political discussions continues to heat up on both sides of the Atlantic, especially in Washington, DC, the courts have increasingly become the deciding factor on a number of fiercely debated issues. How could this trend affect the credibility that governments are fighting ever harder to maintain with their electorates?

Challenging Times: Muslims and their Role in Shaping the Future of Germany

The Muslim community is at the forefront of public debate, not only as a result of the post 9/11 era, but more so because of questions related to Islam and its convergences with a democratic, pluralistic society. Whereas some Muslims ignored these inquiries into their faith for too long, others sincerely tried to engage in discussion.

Transatlantic Trends: Consistency Amid Disorder

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) has released the results of its 2011 Transatlantic Trends: Immigration survey. Conducted via phone surveys of more than 13,000 European and …

Educational Equity for Immigrants in Germany

The German and American public education systems differ substantially. American students who attend public high schools can enroll in classes in a wide range of subjects. Regardless of whether they …

Relations between Israel and Germany in the Shadow of Günter Grass’s Poem

Having faded from the media spotlight, the Günter Grass poem aroused quite a bit of criticism – and questions – in the weeks following its release. Now, Ambassador Shimon Stein, former Israeli Ambassador to Germany, reflects back on the debate surrounding the poem and what it really meant for German-Israeli relations.