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Society, Culture & Politics

The AGI Society, Culture & Politics Program focuses on crucial topics within the German-American dialogue, including: demographic change, migration/integration, and aging societies; electoral politics at the national, state, and European levels, and comparative analysis of Germany and the United States; diversity within Germany, Europe, and the United States; the politics of collective memory and identity, Holocaust remembrance and reconciliation, and shifting conceptions of national identity that shape perspectives and policy responses.
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From the AGI 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, …

Partner Opportunity: The German Chancellor Fellowship Program

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil, and India with an …

Between Tokyo and Berlin: The Art of Dialogue in Reconciliation

Issue Brief 45 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 …

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 …

Academic Opportunity: Societies in Transition. Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe between Conflict and Reconciliation

Currently accepting applications and papers, the International Summer School “Societies in Transition. Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe between Conflict and Reconciliation” will be held from August 22-28, 2014  …

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Germans React to a “Year of Action” with Modest Support but Many are Unconvinced

In the days after the annual State of the Union address, Germans have been modestly supportive of U.S. President Barack Obama’s outline for a “Year of Action,” but some commentators …

A Second Look at the German-American Agenda

In December, AGI took the pulse of the German-American relationship and we expressed concern about its future. That paper also sketched out the most critical issues on the bilateral agenda. …

From the AGI Bookshelf: Year Zero: A History of 1945

In this review, AGI Senior Research Program Associate Parke Nicholson discusses Ian Buruma’s Year Zero: A History of 1945 (Penguin Press, 2013). Writing for The Diplomat this past December, Mr. …

A Holiday Message from AGI

As 2013 comes to a close, we at AGI would like to wish you a very happy holiday season. Our 30th year has been a busy one, beginning with the …

The Dynamics of Collective Memory and German Foreign Policy Since Unification

Policy Report 57 In this Policy Report, Ruth Wittlinger, Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK and former DAAD/AGI fellow, discusses the extent …

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 …

Comfort Zones and Conflict Lines: How Germany Cares for Its Religions

In October 2013, Minister President and leader of the Greens in Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, gave an outline of his understanding of freedom of religion and the relationship between state, churches, …