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A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation (2017-2018)

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 Over the past year, the AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” has engaged young Americans and Germans …

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Jun14

Global Responsibility

Finding German-American Solutions to International Problems In recent years, we have seen a growing public rift in the relationship between the U.S. and Germany, despite a long history of cooperation …

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Apr10

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Society, Culture, and Politics Virtual Meeting “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 …

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Feb13

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Geoeconomics Virtual Meeting 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. …

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Jan30

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

Foreign & Domestic Policy Virtual Meeting 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 …

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Jan26

Global Responsibility

The first conference of “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic …

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Nov2

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

AICGS is pleased to announce a new project entitled “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” which engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of global …

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Oct5

A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation

The virtual meeting on September 26, 2017, brought together members of the Society, Culture & Politics group to discuss Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation. The meeting is part of …

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Sep26

Changing Resource Needs for a Clean Energy Future: Transatlantic Implications – Part II

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Changing Resource Needs for a Clean Energy Future: Transatlantic Implications – Part I

Critical Materials for a Clean Energy Transition: Rare Earths and Strategic Resources The transformation toward cleaner energy sources entails a demand for resources that are required in clean energy technologies. …

The Future of Transatlantic Relations: Necessary and Possible Cooperation at Two Levels

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From Shared Commitment to Shared Strategy: Encouraging Employer Investment in Workers’ Skills

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Combating Selective Memory and Complacency

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Macron Addressing China’s Sharp Power Efforts in Europe

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Transatlantic Cooperation on Blockchain: Getting Ahead of the Curve

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Civil Society Can Lead the Way

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The Impact of Educational and Exchange Programs on German-U.S. Relations

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Trusting Each Other

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Reforming the Eurozone: A Transatlantic Perspective

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Do We Still Need “the West”?

Diagnoses of a “crisis” in transatlantic relations often raise questions about the future of “the West.” Over the last fifteen years, pundits and scholars have discussed a possible “end of …

Wind Energy - Thomas Richter

Building New Transatlantic Bridges on Climate Change

President Trump’s announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the UN Paris Climate Agreement caused many European policymakers and experts to shift their focus on deepening the subnational transatlantic energy and …

Investment Screening: Europe between China and the U.S.

In recent years, there have been rising political and public concerns about foreign investment in industrialized countries around the world, questioning whether their respective existing screening mechanisms are sufficient. In …

Populism and the Transatlantic Relationship

In recent years, populism has gained momentum. Not only in countries where the phenomenon has been known for decades, but also in established liberal democracies around the world. Even the …

Cyber Threat Intelligence: The Need for Coherence and Coordination

Regarding cyber threats as a key challenge to their core security interests, NATO and the EU jointly declared at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016 that cooperating in countering cyber …

Transnational Reconciliation and the Value of Transatlantic Civil Society Actors

“States cannot be tried before foreign courts because of their sovereign activity, for example, the actions of their soldiers,” claims Minister of Justice of the state of Berlin, Dirk Behrendt, …

The Populist Brake on European Integration

It’s now clear that the high-water mark of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship was August 31, 2015—the day she opened Germany’s borders to a wave of asylum seekers. In October, German voters …

The Age of Youth: Civil Society and International Understanding Since World War II

After World War II, various discourses emerged that assigned the “youth” and the “young generation” to an important role for the material and mental reconstruction of the postwar societies. These …

Saving the Transatlantic Partnership: Why and How?

Since the end of World War II, the partnership between the U.S. and European countries, built on common security/economic interests and shared values, such as democracy, liberty, rule of law, …

We Need More Diversity in the Transatlantic Civil Society

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How to Explain PESCO to Trump?

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A Transatlantic Investment Screening Dialogue is Too Important to Rush

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The Transatlantic Mobility Challenge

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Including Workers’ Voices in the Digital Transformation

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European Defense: Just All Right?

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Strengthening Transatlantic Ties on Digital Topics: Quick transatlantic wins in times of political uncertainty

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Democratizing the Economic and Monetary Union

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Understanding Russia

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Harnessing the Power of Civil Society

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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
  • Business & Economics: Economic and Monetary Union and European Integration

 

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 AICGS (Foreign & Domestic Policy Program)

Elke Kallenbach
Minister Counselor, Head of Finance Section German Embassy (Geo-economics Program)

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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