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Reconciliation Means Having to Say You’re Sorry

Responding to China and South Korea’s budding interest in Germany as a contact point for resolving disputes with Japan, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Lily …

You Are the Model: What Asia Can Learn from Germany

In the aftermath of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals from World War II are also buried, Director of the AICGS Society, …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Kulturmacht ohne Kompass, Frank Trommler

In his seminal book in 1959, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, famous sociologist Erving Goffman proposed that people interact with each other as actors on a stage and, …

What’s in a Name? The German-Israeli Partnership: Is it a Special Relationship, a Friendship, an Alliance, or Reconciliation?

As the German and Israeli cabinets assembled in late February in Jerusalem for their fifth set of bilateral consultations since 2008, most of the statements and speeches focused on the …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: 1913: The Year Before the Storm, Florian Illes

Amidst the wave of historical works appearing around the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, one finds repeated reference to the web of accidents, intentions, personalities, and …

Twentieth Century Milestones in 2014

On Sunday, February 9, 2014, The Globalist republished “2014: Marking Twentieth Century Milestones” by AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes. In the essay, Dr. Janes discusses the historical significance of prominent …

2014: Marking Twentieth Century Milestones

During 2014, there will be many different historical milestones, marked with differing purposes yet often with overlapping messages. Three in particular will stand out for Germany, but will be marked …

Still a Berliner?

On June 26, 1963, one million people lined the streets of Berlin and enthusiastically greeted President John F. Kennedy as he traversed the city on his way to Mayor Willy …

German Unity Day: President Gauck Speaks on Freedom

Marking twenty-three years of one Germany, President Joachim Gauck emphasized German citizens’ and policymakers’ responsibilities both domestically and internationally during his speech in Stuttgart on October 3, 2013. This speech …

Ghosts of the Habsburg Empire: Lessons for the Euro Zone

Writing in East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, Dr. Stephen G. Gross and Dr. S. Chase Gummer draw on this historical case of a collapsing currency union to caution …

President Obama to Visit Berlin

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy’s historic visit to Berlin that symbolized a united German-American pursuit of freedom, President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote speech in front of …

The Official German Commitment to Fighting Anti-Semitism

Budapest On May 6, 2013, in a major speech to the World Jewish Congress in Budapest, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle continued an official German tradition. Like German foreign ministers …