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Refugees in Germany

As Europe–and Germany in particular–copes with the influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa, it is facing political and public resistance to its humanitarian efforts.  As this recent …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Zwischen Koran und Kafka: West-östliche Erkundungen

Those who can build effective bridges between Islam and the West are rare. Navid Kermani is one. He has a unique command of German literature which, combined with his Iranian …

Managing Global Migration

Seventy years ago, one of the largest movements of refugees in European history was taking place following the capitulation of Germany and the end of war on the continent. Europe …

Mitsubishi Apologizes to Wartime American and Chinese Forced Laborers

Corporate and business interests impact countries’ willingness to engage in reconciliation with their former enemies, as Dr. Martina Timmermann discusses in her 2014 Policy Report.  Recently, Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Corp. …

Merkel on Marriage

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 vote. After decades of activism and litigation, the …

New Histories for Enduring Conflicts

The centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide and the seventieth anniversary of World War II’s end in Europe and in the Pacific permit fresh, cross-cutting and comparative discussion regarding how …

Germany Has Lessons for the South

The recent public debate in the United States over displaying the Confederate flag in the South, particularly in government buildings and at public memorials, is an echo of the racism …

Other nations could learn from Germany’s efforts to reconcile after WWII

In early March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Japan, her first trip to the country in seven years. She met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss climate change, terrorism, …

The BND Scandal

As reports emerge about the cooperation between Germany’s intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), and the U.S.’ National Security Agency (NSA), the German government is coming under increasing pressure from the …

Opposing Islamization: The PEGIDA Movement in Germany

Founding and Background Since October 20, 2014, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (PEGIDA, Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes) has organized weekly Monday demonstrations or evening …

From the AICGS Bookshelf: Out of the Tower: Essays on Culture and Everyday Life

When was the last time you had a bit more than a “muggeseggele Zeit” to think about what really makes up our everyday cultural lives? For those familiar with German …

An Anxious German Media Reacts to the U.S. Government Shutdown

The world has been closely following the partial shutdown of the U.S. Federal Government. The drama playing out in America’s capital is as much a subject of ridicule overseas as …