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Between Tokyo and Berlin: The Art of Dialogue in Reconciliation

Discussing the differences in and implications for reconciliation in Europe and Northeast Asia, Seunghoon Emilia Heo focuses on the need for leadership and dialogue to overcome past conflict. True dialogue, …

The Impact of Textbook Diplomacy: Refraining from a Too Narrow Assessment

Along with official state apology, financial reparations for victims, and truth commissions, international textbook activities have been a core symbol of reconciliation since the end of World War II. The …

U.S. and EU Trade Relations with China: Increasingly Similar, and Increasingly Conflictual?

Introduction Trade is a hot topic in international relations again, much more so than in previous years. Still struggling with the negative effects of the most recent global financial crisis, …

The EU/China Trade War and German National Interest

In an interview with Spiegel on Monday, Angela Merkel discussed Germany’s role in light of the crisis and the path for future growth and cooperation in Europe. The talk covered …

Germany, not Japan, as Essential Partner of the United States

This recent essay from Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman explores the ever-evolving German-American relationship in the context of the U.S.’ proposed “pivot” toward Asia under …

Domestic Structures in Germany and Japan and Their Influence on Reconciliation Policy

Comparing reconciliation politics of different states helps us to understand better the reasons why reconciliation, i.e., the process of normalization of bilateral relations after conflict between former perpetrator and victim …

A Volkswagen “Pivot” toward China?

In 2011, Volkswagen AG (VW) delivered 2.3 million cars in China, accounting for 27 percent of its total sales by volume. The importance of the Chinese market to VW, coupled …

The Rise of China: Implications for the Transatlantic Relationship

China’s Importance for the Transatlantic Relationship How does the rise of China affect the transatlantic relationship? The United States and European Union are increasingly shifting their attention toward China as …

Different Beds, Same Nightmare: The Politics of History in Germany and Japan

In Policy Report 39, “Different Beds, Same Nightmare: The Politics of History in Germany and Japan,” Professor Thomas Berger examines the characteristics of Germany and Japan that have shaped how …

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? Europe, the United States, and China at the World Climate Conference

The picture drawn by the media of the main protagonists at the UN conference on climate change in Bali was reminiscent of Sergio Leone’s famous spaghetti western. In one corner …

In the Shadow of the Six Parties: Europe and the Non-proliferation Process in North Korea

Speaking of the European Union as an international actor dealing with North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK) often raises eyebrows. Since the outbreak of the second nuclear …