Welcoming the spring 2014 class of fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center with the traditional Fellows Presentation, with introductory remarks delivered by the United States Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, followed by fellows' individual introductions and a reception with roughly 120 invited guests from academia, publishing, politics, and business. This will be the thirty-first class of fellows at the American Academy since the institution opened its doors, in 1998.
On December 4, 2013, the American Academy in Berlin launched the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance with a gala dinner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, attended by friends of the Academy and of the late Richard Holbrooke. The dinner was preceded by an afternoon colloquium at Hunter College, offering a preview of the work the Forum will undertake over the coming years. »
In his December 2 lecture “The Machiavellian Moment in Modern Thought,” historian Warren Breckman investigated how a Renaissance thinker indelibly associated with the cynical practice of amoral politics had inspired a number of modern philosophical projects aimed at deepening and fostering democratic practice -- a seemingly glaring contradiction. »
The fall 2013 edition of the Berlin Journal features interviews with fellows James Brophy and Tara Zahra about their respective projects in Berlin; foreign-policy expert Andrew Nathan speaks with producer Jeff Rosenberg about the United States spying on German leaders and other allies; architectural historian Dietrich Neumann is interviewed by Robin Schuldenfrei of Humboldt Universität about the legendary Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; historian of science Wolf Schäfer explains the German-American race to the nuclear bomb during WWII; and the American Academy's executive chef, Reinold Kegel »
In her November 26 lecture "Exodus from the East: Emigration and the Making of the “Free World,” historian Tara Zahra traced emigration from East Central Europe in the period 1889 to 1989, interrogating how emigration shaped ideals of freedom, new forms of social protection, and border controls in both East and West. Yes, after the Second World War, she argued, the “captivity” of East Europeans stood as symbol of Communist oppression. But that the link between freedom and mobility was contested long before Communists closed the Iron Curtain. »
The dramatic rise of China has created concern about a possible “China threat” to the interests of the US and its allies in Asia. But seen from Beijing, the global scene is a terrain of hazards. In his November 19 lecture, Andrew Nathan, the Axel Springer Fellow at the Academy this fall, points out that China’s regime security and territorial integrity are threatened by forces of social and cultural change that are connected to its embrace of globalization. »