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Different Beds, Same Nightmare: The Politics of History in Germany and Japan

In Policy Report 39, “Different Beds, Same Nightmare: The Politics of History in Germany and Japan,” Professor Thomas Berger examines the characteristics of Germany and Japan that have shaped how …

Denazification in Retrospect

Denazification and (mis-)perceptions about it have had an impact on the development of German democracy over the last sixty years, writes Dr. Rebecca Boehling, AICGS Senior Non-resident Fellow and Director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Dresher Center for the Humanities. Dr. Boehling looks back at the implementation of denazification and concludes that this process had a major say in the evolution of German society since the founding of the Federal Republic.

Women’s Long March Through the Institutions in Germany

…The guarantee that all persons shall be equal before the law, and that men and women shall have equal rights was incorporated into the Basic Law in May 1949, despite vehement debates within the Parliamentary Council, and against the organized opposition of Christian parties and the Catholic Church. As the next sixty years would prove, however, the fact that the sexes are “created equal” in no way ensures that they have been “endowed” by state or society with the same inalienable rights…

Why is There No PISA Shock in the U.S.? A Comparison of German and American Education Policy

When the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) released the results from its third cross-country comparison of the knowledge and skills of high school students in early December 2007, …

The Pope’s Purpose

Differing Catholic Communities While the Pope is making his historical visit to Washington and New York this week, he is grappling with a community of Catholics that looks different from …

Migration, Migrant Policies and Changing Cultures of Belongings: Alevis from Turkey in Germany and the United States

Most migration studies tend to ignore the extent to which formal immigration and integration policies of the receiving countries affect the formation of feelings of collective belonging among immigrants. This is an aspect of particular importance when examining the experiences of migrants who came from countries where they had already existed as minority groups…