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German Security Policy: Is Europe Germany’s Crutch?

The NATO treaty guarantee has been weakened by President Donald Trump’s alternating attacks on the alliance followed by effusive pledges of support. His Europe trip in July demonstrated his tendency …

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 …

Berlin Protests Highlight Need for Sound Employment Discrimination Laws in Germany

This past weekend, tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Berlin to take part in a demonstration to support an “open and free” German society. Organizers planned the #unteilbar demonstration …

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 …

Susanne Thelen, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Susanne Thelen as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2018. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Political Science at the …

Statement of a Polarized Society: The Bavarian Election Results

The results of the October 14, 2018, Bavarian elections mark a watershed in German politics. So far, the Free State has been the last bastion of the conservative Christian Democrats …

The 2018 Bavarian Election: Earthquake or Tremor?

Bavaria looms large in Germany. With 16 percent of the country’s population (13 million inhabitants), it is the second-largest state by population, and the largest by geographic area. Its economy …

Jeff Rathke on Maybrit Illner Special: Methode Trump – Gefahr für Europas Demokratie?

AICGS President Jeff Rathke appeared on the Maybrit Illner Special “Methode Trump – Gefahr für Europas Demokratie?” on October 11, 2018.

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 …