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From the AICGS Bookshelf: Why America Misunderstands the World

At a time when many people both inside and outside the U.S. are struggling to understand the dynamics of the presidential campaign and its rhetoric this year, Paul Pillar offers …

Remembering Japanese Journalist Yoshibumi Wakamiya, An Advocate for Reconciliation in Northeast Asia

Yoshibumi Wakamiya (1948-2016), prize-winning Japanese journalist and author who worked throughout a long and distinguished career to promote reconciliation between Japan and its neighbors, passed away on April 27 in …

LGBT Refugees: Perpetuated Persecution in Asylum

Life as an asylum seeker is not an easy one.  Having faced persecution and violence in their home countries and uprooted their entire lives, these migrants face political, socioeconomic, and …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder’s latest book, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, presents exactly those two narratives. His review of how the Holocaust emerged and evolved has been and remains …

AICGS Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Future Leaders

From October 11-15, 2015, AICGS convened the inaugural group of young leaders in its new AICGS Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Future Leaders. The participants engaged in exchanges and …

Risky Business

A delegation of business leaders, led by German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel, visited Iran in July, just weeks after the U.S. and Iran reached a nuclear deal. Although some are …

Shadows of History in Europe’s Refugee Crisis

As the refugee crisis continues, mixed reactions are cause for concern in Germany.  Given the country’s troubled past, anti-Islam and anti-migrant sentiment in the country is particularly troubling.  Daniela Blei …

Immigration in Crisis, On Both Sides of the Atlantic

As waves of refugees continue to enter Europe, they are being greeted with various reactions by EU member states.  Many migrants are headed for Germany, perceived by many as the …

A Bigger Spot on the Global Stage

In an era that has relegated television, and television news for that matter, to playing defense, it is refreshing for a recovering journalist such as myself to see that international …

Europe’s Migration Paralysis

As growing numbers of migrants seek a new life in Europe, in this Project Syndicate essay former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer calls on European leaders to overcome their paralysis …

Refugees in Germany

As Europe–and Germany in particular–copes with the influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa, it is facing political and public resistance to its humanitarian efforts.  As this recent …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Zwischen Koran und Kafka: West-östliche Erkundungen

Those who can build effective bridges between Islam and the West are rare. Navid Kermani is one. He has a unique command of German literature which, combined with his Iranian …