The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington, DC, is the only think tank focused exclusively on the most pressing issues at stake for Germany and the United States. Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the Institute possesses in-depth policy and academic expertise and an extensive network on both sides of the Atlantic. AICGS collaborates with policymakers, corporate leaders, and scholars to deliver in-depth, actionable analysis and fresh ideas that help anticipate trends, manage risk, and shape policy choices.

Since 1983, AICGS has produced objective and original analyses of developments and trends in Germany, Europe, and the United States; created new transatlantic networks among changing generations; and intensified dialogue among the business, political, and academic communities to manage differences and define and promote common interests.

Our team of 10 full-time employees, our large network of affiliated scholars, and a world-class Board of Trustees share a common purpose: to build a stronger German-American partnership.

Our work would not be possible without the support we receive from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.  Our research addresses the top economic, foreign, security, domestic, and social policy issues affecting the United States, Germany, and the broader transatlantic relationship. This includes the trade and investment relationship, German-American defense and security ties and the NATO alliance, the impact of migration and integration on politics and the economy, common approaches to the challenges surrounding China, and issues of Holocaust remembrance and reconciliation.  AICGS anticipates transatlantic developments and explains how they will affect Germany, the United States, and the world.

AICGS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3)

Your support means you will help play a role in examining the critical issues facing the U.S. and Germany. With our comprehensive program of policy-relevant public conferences, research reports, networking events, and fellowships, AICGS provides the knowledge, insights, and networks you need for the twenty-first century.

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Yes. AICGS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our Federal Tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 52-1309525.

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AICGS’ work is made possible thanks to the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments. For more information, see our list of sponsors.

AICGS is a private nonpartisan, nonprofit organization governed by the Board of Trustees and affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Martin Richenhagen was named chairman of the AICGS Board of Trustees in 2020, and Jeffrey Rathke has led AICGS as its President since 2018.

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