Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman

Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman is currently the Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she is completing a book entitled “From Enmity to Amity: Germany’s Reconciliation with France, Israel, the Czech Republic and Poland.” She also directs the Institute’s Society, Culture & Politics Program. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT.

From 1978 until 1991, Dr. Gardner Feldman was a professor of political science (tenured) at Tufts University in Boston. She was also a Research Associate at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, where she chaired the German Study Group and edited German Politics and Society; and a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, where she chaired the Seminar on the European Community and undertook research in the University Consortium for Research on North America. From 1990 until 1995, Dr. Gardner Feldman was the first Research Director of AICGS and its Co-director in 1995. From 1995 until 1999, she was a Senior Scholar in Residence at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University. She returned to Johns Hopkins University in 1999.

Dr. Gardner Feldman has published widely in the U.S. and Europe on German foreign policy, German-Jewish relations, international reconciliation, non-state entities as foreign policy players, and the EU as an international actor. Her work on Germany’s foreign policy of reconciliation has led to lecture tours in Japan and South Korea.

Selected Publications:

“The Role of History in Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation: Principle and Practice,” in Opening Historical Reconciliation in East Asia through the Historical Dialogue, Proceedings of the First International Forum on Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (Seoul: Northeast Asian History Foundation, 2009)

“German-Polish Reconciliation in Comparative Perspective: Lessons for Japan?” The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, April 2010.

Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman's Archive

What Really Must Be Said

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As the dust slowly begins to settle following the uproar created by Günter Grass’s poem on Israel’s military stance towards Iran, Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman takes an opportunity to highlight four lessons that relate to a larger context surrounding this affair: the depth, complexity, and fundamental stability of German-Israeli relations.

Constructive Power and Reconciliation: The Importance of German Societal Organizations

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The Importance of German Societal Actors The Euro-zone crisis has focused international attention on Germany’s power, depicting the Federal Republic either as selfless savior (constructive power) or as dictatorial demon (dominant power), depending on observers’ nationality and profession.  The spotlight has turned mainly on the motivations and maneuverability of Chancellor Angela Merkel… Read more >

The Many Sides of Muslim Integration: A German-American Comparison


While analyses on the integration of immigrants and especially Muslim immigrants have multiplied in recent years, debates in the U.S. and Germany differ on these issues. Even though the U.S. and German debates are clearly different, a comparison of Muslim integration in the U.S. and in Europe is still drawn frequently, and many assumptions are made regarding the other side’s policies. In German-American Issues 13, “The Many Sides of Muslim Integration: A German-American Comparison,” authors Tara Bahrampour, Rauf Ceylan, Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Raida Chbib, Lily Gardner Feldman, and Mathias Rohe examine and challenge these assumptions, focusing on a range of major issues surrounding the debate.

Religion and Public Policy: A German-American Comparison


AICGS is pleased to present German-American Issues 9, “Religion and Public Policy: A German-American Comparison.” The essays presented in this publication examine the issues of faith-based initiatives, stem cell research, and religious education from both German and American perspectives, and discuss how religion is understood in the public sphere, whether cultural or historical sensitivities constrain policymakers’ choices, and how religious concerns can be incorporated into a decision-making process that is not necessarily designed to account for these concerns.

Sixty Years After the Founding of the Jewish State: Are German-Israeli Relations Still “Special”?


In the sixty years since Israel’s founding, German-Israeli relations have been nothing if not complex. On the occasion of Israel’s sixtieth anniversary, the essays in German-American Issues 8 examine the issues of remembrance, the fading of the survivor generation, the new challenges faced by both countries in the twenty-first century, and the idea of a “normal” relationship between Germany and Israel. This volume features essays written by Michael Brenner, Lily Gardner Feldman, Harald Kindermann, Shimon Stein, and Frank Stern.

German and American Perspectives on Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East Conflict


Perhaps there is no issue today that better reminds us of the link between culture and politics than the IsraeliPalestinian conflict in the Middle East. Our decision to address this topic within the German-American context in two workshops—one in Washington, D.C. and one in Berlin—from which these essays are drawn, adds a further cultural and political dimension…

Understanding the “God Gap”: Religion, Politics, and Policy in the United States and Germany


In foreign and domestic policy, the United States and Germany would appear to be drifting further apart. Despite their continuing economic interdependence, the rancorous transatlantic policy debates over such diverse issues as the Iraq war, the Kyoto Protocol and global climate change, UN reform, or the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo have fueled a sense of mutual alienation, prompting observers on both sides of the Atlantic to wonder whether the United States and Europe continue to constitute a “community of values.”…