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Germany’s Missed Chance: President el-Sisi Invited to Germany

At the beginning of June, current Egyptian President and former General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visited Berlin at the invitation of the Merkel government. This meeting was part of an ongoing …

Merkel on Marriage

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 vote. After decades of activism and litigation, the …

The Legacy of War

In the first half of the twentieth century, countries and nations were victims of an aggressive and brutal Germany. Since then, German leaders have sought to return to the circle …

Places of Memory: Speeches, Visits, and Sites in Three European Experiences

The twentieth century was a turbulent time on the European continent, and its history continues to reverberate today. In 2014 and 2015, nations across Europe marked the anniversaries of a …

Dealing with the Past in Spaces, Places, Actions, and Institutions of Memory: Site Visits

The guide for site visit tour was Elke Gryglewski, the head of the Education Department of the House of the Wannsee Conference. Conference participants visited the following sites: Wittenberg Platz …

Dealing with the Past in Spaces, Places, Actions, and Institutions of Memory: Conference

The meeting, supported by the Stiftung Mercator and organized by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and Hafıza Merkezi, comprised three different, related elements: a traditional conference of presentations …

New German Cybersecurity (BSI) Act:Ready for the Next Cyber War?  

As do many other countries, Germany struggles to find the right balance between privacy and cybersecurity. It is a balancing act on many fronts. The German government has suggested a …

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Germany Rethinks Its Security Policy

At the Munich Security Conference in 2014, German President Joachim Gauck challenged the Federal Republic to assume greater responsibility in security policy, emphasizing German leadership in conflict prevention, but also …

DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies

DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies Politics and International Relations Every year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) awards the DAAD Prize for Distinguished …

The Myth of a Mighty Germany

This June, the G-7 will meet in an opulent castle near Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. It was initially built, according to the host’s website, for an “egocentric zealot” who …

Macht in der Mitte: Die Neuen Aufgaben Deutschlands in Europa

  In light of key challenges that lie ahead for the European Union (EU) as a political and economic entity, Germany’s role as a central power has become increasingly crucial for the cohesion of the EU. In …

The Tattered German-American Relationship Needs the USA FREEDOM Act…More for What It Doesn’t Do than for What It Does

Congress is debating the USA FREEDOM Act in the next days. The House approved Representative Jim Sensenbrenner’s version of the law on Wednesday and the Senate is expected to vote …