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

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” …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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)

For questions about this project, please contact Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants, at

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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