Dr. Bernhard Maleck

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Bernhard Maleck has been teaching at IES Abroad Berlin since 1995. Previously, he has taught at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Johns Hopkins University, and was the recipient of a Fellowship for research at the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He also served as… Read more >

Professor Jeffrey Anderson

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Dr. Jeffrey J. Anderson is Graf Goltz Professor and Director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is an expert in European politics, with special emphasis on the European Union and postwar German politics and foreign policy, and… Read more >

Forging the Future of Germany and Europe: Reflections on 20 Years of German Unification

Cover Forging the future of Germany and Europe

The questions, choices, and decisions that Germany of 2010 faces today are vastly different than those the two Germanys confronted over two decades ago. This special publication, made possible by the Dräger Foundation, looks back not only at the changes in Germany as they unfolded in 1989 and 1990, but offers views on Germany’s role in Europe and the world in the decades to come.

Die deutsche Einheit als Ergebnis eines historischen Prozesses und als Aufgabe der Gegenwart und Zukunft


In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, Dr. Bernhard Maleck, currently a professor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and a regular participant in AICGS events, looks at how “Ossis” and “Wessis” view unification today, focusing on both the history leading up to unification as well as the changes the Federal Republic has undergone since then.

Der 9. November 1989 – Eine Erinnerung aus frauenpolitischer Sicht

The process surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall brought new freedoms for German women from the East, but at the same time new problems as well, writes Dr. Eva Maleck-Lewy, professor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and a regular participant in AICGS events. This Transatlantic Perspectives essay examines the post-Berlin Wall transformation of women in Germany and discusses the remaining problems facing German women at current.

The Lasting Division of Germany: Two Germanys – Still Far from United


In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, Johann Legner and Linda Teuteberg examine how the legacy of forty years of the GDR affects politics in eastern Germany today. The authors provide two different views on the political developments in eastern Germany, with one reflecting from the viewpoint of a journalist who has observed the developments in East Germany for more than twenty-five years, and the other from the viewpoint of a young politician in the Brandenburg state legislature.

The Awakening of the East: Economic Development in the Eastern Federal States

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In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, Dr. Klaus Deutsch and Sascha Brok use the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as an opportunity to look at the development of the eastern states, and write that despite a rosy outlook, much work remains to improve economic conditions, especially when it comes to unemployment and overall quality of life.

“Particularly in Berlin”: Cultural Policy in the Unified Capital

Senior Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Torsten Wöhlert, Press Spokesman for the Berlin Senate on Cultural Affairs, examines how the different cultural-political traditions in eastern and western Germany were affected by unification and in particular unification’s impact on cultural Berlin. Dr. Wöhlert states that given the financial circumstances of a nearly bankrupt city, the resume of cultural unification in Berlin is a positive one: With substantial federal aid Berlin has managed to preserve and restore its rich cultural heritage and is now the place to be for the creative class and artists from all over the world.

German Unity – A Project


The Wall should have been left standing: as a memorial. As a commemoration in stone it would be a resistance to amnesia. Because the past is uncertain, and becomes ever more uncertain over the years, even when we try to remember how it really was, we can no longer speak with certainty. We must rely on our memory and that is deceptive and hallucinatory…

What Happened to the Blooming Landscapes?

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In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, AICGS Senior Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Jennifer Hunt, Professor of Economics at McGill University, examines why sustained economic growth in eastern Germany has proved elusive despite transfers of €1 trillion from western Germany. Dr. Hunt writes that the puzzle of this discrepancy is whether the stalled convergence with western Germany is related to initial policy mistakes, to shortcomings in current policies, or to emigration.

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