Dortmund & Buffalo: Reflections on Social Divisions & Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States
In March and June 2022, the second cohort of the AICGS Social Divisions and Questions of Identity program convened in Dortmund, Germany, and Buffalo, New York, to explore communities, cultures, and group dynamics in these rust-belt sister cities. This StoryMap, written by the participants in the project, shares the group’s observations, insights, and thoughts for the future.
Read more: https://www.aicgs.org/2022/12/dortmund-buffalo/
Feet to the Fire: Critique, Accountability, and Evolution in Germany’s Emerging Security Policy Debate
by Hari Choudhari, AICGS/Halle Foundation Intern
If, after his Zeitenwende speech on February 27, Chancellor Olaf Scholz believed he had done enough to cement his legacy as the arbiter of Germany’s new security policy, he would have been sorely mistaken. Criticism of his government’s sluggish progress towards arms provision to Ukraine has permeated recent German media and political discourse, with the loudest voices originating from his own party and coalition partners.
Read more: https://www.aicgs.org/2022/12/feet-to-the-fire/
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AICGS is now accepting applications for the DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program in 2023.
The DAAD/AICGS Research Fellowship Program, funded by a generous grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), is designed to bring both senior and junior scholars and specialists working on key issues of central importance to the German-American relationship to AICGS for research stays of between two to four consecutive months each. AICGS offers several fellowships, which include a monthly stipend of up to €3,204 (depending on the seniority of the applicant); transportation to and from Washington, DC; financial support for research-related travel to institutions within the DAAD center network (Centers for German and European Studies) in North America; and office space at the Institute.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2022. For more information on the fellowship and how to apply, visit our website: https://www.aicgs.org/job/daad-aicgs-research-fellowship-program/
Join us in New York City on May 26 for our symposium
Germany and the United States: Partners in Shaping a New International Order?
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Deutsche Bank Center
Keynote remarks by Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, German Federal Foreign Office
and panel discussions with Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College; John Lipsky, Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar, Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Brett Ryan, Senior U.S. Economist, Deutsche Bank, and Ellen Ueberschär, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation
The transatlantic agenda for President Joe Biden and Chancellor Olaf Scholz was already ambitious. When the two leaders met in February 2022 as Russia massed troops on the Ukrainian border, they also discussed managing global competition with China, recovering from the pandemic, and using transatlantic formats to support democracies around the world. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, followed by Chancellor Scholz’s announced Zeitenwende in German foreign policy, has reinforced the need for a strong German-American partnership in a world in flux. This AICGS symposium will examine how transatlantic cooperation can address the challenges we face at home and abroad.
View the agenda and register: https://www.aicgs.org/events/2022/05/germany-and-the-united-states-partners-in-shaping-a-new-international-order/
Transatlantic Security Strategies: Germany, Europe, and the United States
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 9:00 – 10:15 am EDT // 15:00 – 16:15 CEST
On February 27, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a Zeitenwende—a Sea Change in German security and defense policy—in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The threats to thirty years of European order underscore the importance of the strategic adaptation of the transatlantic community. This year, NATO will adopt a new Strategic Concept, and the European Union has approved its Strategic Compass. In the United States, the Biden administration will release its new strategic documents. Germany’s governing coalition has launched the process to develop a National Security Strategy, as promised in the coalition agreement.
At this crucial moment, AICGS will convene a webinar to assess Germany’s view of its role in European security and the expectations from the European and transatlantic partners for Germany’s more robust defense policy. Where will Berlin place its national priorities? How do the NATO and EU strategies interact? How should Germany’s leadership role evolve?
Public Health and Public Trust: Transatlantic Challenges in Health Policy
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT // 17:00 - 18:00 CEST
As the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated, public trust in government decision-makers is as important as public health policies. In the United States and Germany, health experts were thrown into the limelight as they advised politicians on strategies to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. Changing messaging and policies, resentment toward regulations that restricted travel and behavior, and a misunderstanding of how exactly public health experts advised the government on policies all contributed to a growing distrust of not only health experts and policymakers, but democratic processes in general. How can the United States and Germany build better communications infrastructure that supports public health and ultimately trust in leadership? How have health care experts and workers been affected, and what can be done to support them? How can governments lift the veil on decision-making processes to restore faith in democratic institutions? What transatlantic lessons can be learned from these shared experiences?
Global Infodemic: Transatlantic Communities and Disinformation
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT // 19:00 - 20:00 CEST
Disinformation campaigns are nothing new; foreign and domestic actors have used such campaigns to influence voter behavior and recruit followers to political extremes. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, similar tactics were used to push false information about the virus, its origins, and national and international health policies. Since its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russia has also waged a disinformation war at home and abroad. This AICGS webinar will examine various threats that disinformation poses to the United States and Germany. What limits the government’s regulation of information? What tools are available in our liberal democratic societies to counteract the spread of disinformation?
German Policymakers Beyond the Cabinet
by Eric Langenbacher, Senior Fellow; Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program, AICGS
Similar to any modern democratic political system, power in Germany is concentrated in the cabinet—currently with fifteen ministers controlling various policy areas and respective bureaucracies. There is, of course, also the chancellor exercising oversight over the entire government and setting the policy course (Richtlinienkompetenz) and a rather powerful minister-level head of the chancellery (Wolfgang Schmidt). Within this cabinet of seventeen, there is also an explicit and implicit hierarchy. The vice chancellor, who always has his/her own portfolio—presently Robert Habeck with the Economics Ministry–comes just after the chancellor, followed by the powerful finance minister, the interior minister, and the foreign minister. (The British tellingly deem these ministries the Great Offices of State.) And the politicians who hold these offices are usually the most prominent politicians from their respective parties, exemplified by FDP leader and Finance Minister Christian Lindner. But this is not always the case as shown by current Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, who was little known outside of her home state of Hesse until taking over this powerful portfolio.
Read more: https://www.aicgs.org/2022/04/german-policymakers-beyond-the-cabinet/