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China: A New Partner for Europe in the Middle East

For those who wished for an improvement in the Middle East, the New Year certainly started with plenty of disappointments. Drastic deterioration of Saudi-Iranian relations, calamitous attacks in Afghanistan and …

Bridging the Ocean: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation on China

Introduction In 2011, EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht stated that “America and Europe may often bicker, but in the end we know we are each other’s partner of choice.” …

The Beijing–Berlin Connection

It is peak tourist season in China for European leaders. Shortly after the first bailout package to Greece in 2010, German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated her 56th birthday with Xi’an’s …

“Grief” and “Remorse” Mark Japanese Remarks on the Anniversary of the End of World War II

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement last Friday on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II expressed “feelings of profound grief” and his condolences for those who …

Mitsubishi Apologizes to Wartime American and Chinese Forced Laborers

Corporate and business interests impact countries’ willingness to engage in reconciliation with their former enemies, as Dr. Martina Timmermann discusses in her 2014 Policy Report.  Recently, Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Corp. …

Eyeing Business Opportunities in Iran: Germany Caught between China and the U.S.

Days after the announcement of the historic nuclear deal with Iran, German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel found himself in Tehran, with a delegation …

The Bigger Drama: The Transatlantic Community Now Needs to Pay Attention to China

The events in Greece have taken us on an emotional roller coaster in the past week. After missing a payment to the IMF on Tuesday, Greeks voted on Sunday to …

Other nations could learn from Germany’s efforts to reconcile after WWII

In early March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Japan, her first trip to the country in seven years. She met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss climate change, terrorism, …

Tri-Regional Partnering on Reconciliation in East Asia: Pivotal to Shaping the Order of the Twenty-First Century?

Policy Report 59 This Policy Report suggests a tri-regional “partnering in leadership” to assuage the tensions and lingering hostility in East Asia.  Partners are necessary from the three regions involved: East …

Transatlantic Cooperation on China: More than an Ocean Between

Transatlantic cooperation on East Asia is characterized by benign neglect, at best. It’s been two years since then U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and then EU High Representative for …

Regional Institution-Building in Asia: Are There Any Lessons from Europe?

For many in the international media and among casual observers of Asia, regional institution-building may appear a mundane subject. Strengthening existing regional institutions, or establishing a more substantive one, is …

Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation

Now available in paperback, AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman’s book, “Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation: From Enmity to Amity,” highlights Germany as a model for …