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The IRA and the Meaning of “Free Trade”

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) approved by the U.S. Congress last August continues to provoke transatlantic frictions. The European Union has welcomed the climate investments in the IRA that will …

Episode 75: What Germany’s Solution to its Tank Dilemma Tells Us about the Zeitenwende?

On this episode of the Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with Dr. Liana Fix, Fellow for Europe at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss ongoing challenges in Germany’s …

Partisan Divides and Popular Fronts

We are pleased to inaugurate the AICGS 40th Anniversary series with the following article, which coincides with the 90th anniversary of the Nazi seizure of power (Machtergreifung) when Hitler was appointed chancellor …

Episode 74: Antidemocratic Insurrections and Populist Uprising—Germany, Brazil, and the United States

In December 2022, German authorities arrested dozens of people tied to an alleged right-wing extremist plot to overthrow the German government. Among the accused are a member of a former …

Local Governance of Religious Diversity in Hamburg and Washington, DC

A Transatlantic Perspective Germany is an increasingly heterogeneous society. This has become obvious by the Bundestag elections in September 2021. For the first time in the history of the Federal …

Comparing Racisms in Post-Migrant Societies

Similarities and Differences in Approaching Racism in Germany and the United States Rising Relevance of Racism in Germany A series of racist murders has brought the issue of racism into …

Episode 73: 2022—A Year in Review

As 2022 draws to a close, AICGS President Jeff Rathke, AICGS Senior Fellow and Director of Society, Culture, and Politics Program Eric Langenbacher and AICGS Non-Resident Senior Fellow Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger …

Akron & Chemnitz

Reflections on Social Divisions & Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States In November 2019 and March 2022, the inaugural cohort of the AICGS Social Divisions and Questions …

Learning from the Pandemic

Transatlantic Solutions to Global Crises The AICGS project “Transatlantic Cooperation in Times of Global Crises – Opportunity and Imperative for Cooperation” took an expanded look at how Germany and the …

Compartmentalizing the Transatlantic Economic Relationship

What is the best way to judge the success of the third meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) held on December 5th at the University of Maryland …

“The Capacity to Step into Someone Else’s Shoes”

How Local Initiatives Drive Cohesion and Global Progress “Social cohesion depends on the capacity to step into someone else’s shoes.” What emerged as a collective working definition for our research …

Dortmund & Buffalo

Reflections on Social Divisions & Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States In March and June 2022, the second cohort of the AICGS Social Divisions and Questions of …

Local Governance of Religious Diversity

Through the Lenses of Hamburg and Washington, DC Religious diversity brings issues of church-state relations as well interfaith relations into focus. While national narratives have been dominant in examinations of …

Jeff Rathke on the 2022 Midterm Elections

AICGS President Jeff Rathke appeared in German media to discuss the 2022 midterm elections. Mr. Rathke gave his analysis of U.S. politics and what to expect following the elections on …