AICGS

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation (2018-2019)

Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement

AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of global issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship.




Global Responsibility

Finding German-American Solutions to International Problems Final Briefing of the AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” On June 18, 2019, participants of the …

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Jun18

Global Responsibility

How Do Germany and the United States Engage with One Another to Address International Challenges? The AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages …

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Apr2

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Society, Culture & Politics Virtual Meeting The participants of the Society, Culture & Politics group of the AICGS Project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation” came together to focus …

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Feb21

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Geoeconomics Virtual Meeting As the dialogue around trade and economic cooperation has become increasingly heated over the last few months, participants in the Geoeconomics group of the AICGS project “A …

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Jan29

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Foreign & Domestic Policy Virtual Meeting With radical unpredictability being a factor on both sides of the Atlantic—in Germany, uncertainty regarding coalition formation and in the U.S., uncertainty coming from …

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Jan25

Global Responsibility

How Do Germany and the United States Engage with One Another to Address International Challenges? The first conference of “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” …

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Nov6

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Society, Culture & Politics Virtual Meeting The participants of the Society, Culture & Politics group of the AICGS Project: A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation came together to focus …

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Sep26

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Foreign & Domestic Policy Virtual Meeting With radical unpredictability being a factor on both sides of the Atlantic—in Germany, uncertainty regarding coalition formation and in the U.S., incoherence coming not …

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Sep21

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Geoeconomics Virtual Meeting As the dialogue around trade on both sides of the Atlantic has become increasingly heated in the last months, the participants in the Geoeconomics group of the …

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Sep12
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Democrats Give Glimmer of Hope to Europe in First Debate: But Is It Enough?

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, American transatlanticists have been repeating the phrase “the U.S. is more than just the president,” to their allies across the ocean. “Look to Congress,” …

The Weaponization of Economic Policy on Both Sides of the Atlantic: Something’s Got to Give.

On July 25, 2018, Presidents Trump and Juncker agreed that the United States and the European Union should join forces to “protect American and European companies better from unfair global …

The AfD’s Path to Salvini: Winding, Yet Predictable

Earlier this month, the creation of the right-wing populist European Parliament group “Identity and Democracy” (ID) was officially announced. With the Alternative for Germany sending eleven Members of the European …

New Policy Report Now Available

Cooperation or Division? The German-American Relationship in a Changing World Policy Report 70 AICGS is pleased to present the written results of the third and final year of its project …

Engaging the Next Generation of Transatlantic Leaders

The project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in a dialogue on relevant issues within the transatlantic relationship. The participants …

Cooperation or Division? The German-American Relationship in a Changing World

Policy Report 70 AICGS is pleased to present the written results of the third and final year of its project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint …

Germany’s Growth Model under Attack?

On his last visit to Berlin in the beginning of May, French president Emmanuel Macron said that “the German growth model has perhaps run its course.” He argued that the …

If the Transatlantic Project Is to Become More Attractive for Younger Germans, It Will Have to Open Up to More Diverse Groups and New Issues

The transatlantic idea has been in decline, if less so in the United States, definitely in Germany. Favorable views of the U.S. in Germany and confidence in American presidents as …

German Moralism Irritates Allies: Defense Spending and Export Controls

At a 2015 rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump considered the freedom of the press, assuring the crowd that while he hated some reporters, he wouldn’t kill …

Engaging the Next Generation of Transatlantic Leaders

Foreign & Domestic Policy Recommendations During the course of the 2018-2019 project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” the Foreign & Domestic Policy Group focused …

Museum Diplomacy at the Crossroads

The end of 2018 was a busy time on the museum stage. By this I do not refer to any particular million-dollar masterpiece acquisition at the Tate or at the …

Keeping the “Evidence” in U.S. and German International Assistance

This past year saw a significant decline in development aid—a decrease of 3 percent to the world’s least developed countries, and of 4 percent in aid to Africa. Particularly in …

Transatlantic Responses to the “China Challenge,” and the Changing Dynamics of Global Development

The past decade has been distinguished by the looming question of the “China Challenge,” which has often been characterized as the biggest threat to the liberal world order and democracy …

Done is Better Than Perfect: Perfectionism is no friend in addressing geopolitical challenges that impact the German economy.

German companies’ ability to perfect processes or products is unique in the global market and lends any export with a “Made in Germany” stamp a certain level of cachet. But …

Democracy and Human Rights Promotion in Times of Shrinking Civic Spaces

International democracy and human rights promotion—a foreign policy endeavor that governments on both sides of the Atlantic have espoused for decades—has been faced with severe challenges in the past years. …

The Growing Immigration Divide: As Germany Leads, Can the U.S. Follow?

The United States emerged this winter from the longest federal shutdown in history. At the center of the standoff, was immigration. From the administration’s promise of border wall funding to …

Why Germany and the U.S. Should Embark on a Large-Scale Investment Program Now

In recent years, fiscal policy in Germany and the U.S. has diverged. In response to the financial crisis both countries implemented large stimulus programs, but over time the policy priorities …

Trump’s Ambassador in Berlin Will Push to Decriminalize Homosexuality Worldwide. Surprised? Here’s Why.

In February 2019, U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell announced that the U.S. would push to decriminalize homosexuality globally. Sexual relations between two people of the same sex is criminalized …

What Transatlantic Organizations Can Do to Strengthen German-American Relations

The ongoing German public diplomacy initiative “Wunderbar Together,” celebrating German-American friendship, appears to belie the present tensions between the two countries. The state of German-American diplomatic relations has hit a …

Dazed and Confused: Germany’s Inner Struggle to Mature

This year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC) once again illustrated the stark contrast in world views on matters of international security and defense. While it was to be expected that Western …

Stop Talking about Saving the Transatlantic Relationship and Bretton Woods Order

Elite-minded liberals on both sides of the Atlantic—myself included—have often made the mistake of wondering “how to save the transatlantic, Bretton Woods order?” For all its good intentions, this is …

Populists Keep Winning the Messaging War in Europe Over Migration

European leaders gathered twice last year to try and develop an EU-wide approach to the still-divisive issues of migration and the integration of refugees, and both times they failed to reach …

Fostering Tunisia’s Democratic Transition: Why Germany, Europe, and the United States Need to Join Forces

The awarding of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet gives hope that Tunisia is becoming a model of democracy in the region. Following the 2010 …

Getting Over the Cold War. Why German-American Relations Need a New Narrative

According to the planners of Germany’s current year-long public diplomacy campaign, Deutschlandjahr USA, Germany and the United States are “Wunderbar Together.” Under this—some would say catchy, some would say naïve—slogan, …

How a Public Relations Framework Can Help Us Rethink Transatlanticism

PR is often discounted as salesmanship or deception. But PR at its essence is about explaining something—an idea, a product, or a policy—in compelling terms. Drafting a public relations strategy …

Ovation Diplomacy: The Shortsightedness of President Trump’s Foreign Policy

Speaking in Brussels on December 4, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a name to the philosophy guiding President Trump’s foreign policy: “principled-realism.” Secretary Pompeo likes to think of …

The U.S. and Germany Are Losing Cultural Ambassadors: Students Studying Abroad

Last month, the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released their Open Doors 2018 report, which assesses the role of …

Global Memory Clashes Or the End of Serenity   

Coming to terms with the past has become one of the very core features of German political identity in the second half of the twentieth century. In fact, actively dealing …

The Dilemmas of Promoting Gender Equality in Times of Polarization

The political landscapes in both countries are characterized by increasing polarization. In the U.S., a man became president who makes a spectacle of himself through derogative language and who tends …

A European Army: The Wrong Choice for Germany Among Greater Defense Woes

French president Emmanuel Macron’s call for a European army at the beginning of November was met with some justified eye-rolling on both sides of the Atlantic.  Chancellor Merkel and defense …

Germany’s Road Ahead: Four Years into the Munich Consensus

It seems that Germany has come a long way since February 2014 when decision-makers proclaimed the “Munich consensus.” In it, then-federal president Joachim Gauck, then-foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (who has …

The CDU Faces Pressure to Move Right—That Could Backfire

Today, Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is meeting in Hamburg to choose a new leader—a decision with massive ramifications for national and European politics. This moment represents the first opportunity …

Bridging Troubled Waters: Civil Societies in Dark Times of Transatlantic Partnership

Much of the focus of our work (and that of our predecessors) in the AICGS NextGen project has focused on the reconciliatory role of “good” civil society in a challenging …

“Othering” Across and Beyond the Pond

During a recent discussion about the problematic state of the transatlantic relationship, someone explained that we needed to realize that important parts of the American political establishment and their voters …

German and U.S. International Assistance: Closer Than You Think

In the face of strained relations, could international cooperation support reconciliation between the United States and Germany? Complementarities in approach and interests indicate yes. The United States and Germany topped …

Transatlantic Trade: Great Expectations and Low Chances for Success?

On July 25, U.S. president Donald Trump hosted European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington in an attempt to bridge some of the many growing economic policy divergences between the …

Transatlantic Relations and the Digital Economy Post-USMCA

The TPP is dead, long live the USMCA.  Despite the United States withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the digital trade chapter of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) …

Trying to Make Sense of the U.S.’ Trade Policy

Traditional arguments that are commonly put forward to justify the implementation of import tariffs—high domestic unemployment, the protection of an infant industry, or external effects, for example on the environment—may …

The German Model and its Discontents

Germany and the United States share a legal tradition and constitution that promotes equality for all those living within its borders. However, real world examples show that within these borders …

The Fate of Multilateralism: Can Civil Society Come to the Rescue?

Since the end of World War II, international cooperation has led to decades of unprecedented progress. From interconnected markets to the exchange of ideas and innovation, multilateral collaboration has set …

Global Responsibility

How Do Germany and the United States Engage with One Another to Address International Challenges? On November 5, 2018, participants in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: …

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 …

Project Description

The 3-year project is funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). A group of eight participants per program area and project year (July 1 – June 30) come together with AICGS project leaders during two virtual meetings (video conferences) and two conferences in Washington, DC. AICGS has identified one overarching theme in each of its program areas:

 

  • Foreign & Domestic Policy: the Transatlantic Partnership in the Global Order
  • Society, Culture & Politics: Civil Society, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
  • Geoeconomics: Transatlantic Economic Cooperation Challenges

 

During the course of the project year each program area convenes one group and holds two virtual meetings. The two conferences will bring all three groups together in a day-long, joint discussion followed by a day of site visits in Washington, DC. In addition, AICGS will feature several blogs by the participants on their topic of expertise; participants will identify policy recommendations to address or solve the issues of concern that will be presented at the final conference; and the project ends each year with a final publication and a briefing on the project results in Berlin with a few select participants as well as local experts in the areas of politics, economics, and the media.

Group Leaders:

Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman
Senior Fellow and Director, SCP Program, AICGS (Society, Culture, & Politics Program)

Dr. Jackson Janes
President Emeritus, AICGS (Foreign & Domestic Policy Program)

Peter Rashish
Senior Fellow and Director, Geoeconomics Program, AICGS (Geoeconomics)


The Year of German-American Friendship (“Deutschlandjahr USA”) is a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and with support from the Federation of German Industries (BDI).


For questions about this project, please contact Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants, at sdieper@aicgs.org.


This program is generously funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Additional support was provided by The German Marshall Fund of the United States.


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