How should the West manage its increasingly complex relationships with China? This is the central question in this discussion between leading American China-specialist David Shambaugh and distinguished former German ambassador to China Michael Schaefer. Is there, in fact, they ask, a common set of priorities that Washington and the EU should pursue in common vis-à-vis Beijing – or should each side pursue its own interests? Do the US and EU have a “grand strategy” that guides their approaches to China? Moderated by Gary Smith.
On the evening of October 14, Axel Springer fellow Daniel Rosenberg presented his book-in-progress Toward A Quantitative History of Data. In it he traces the emergence and development of the concept of data in the West from the 1600s until today. In his introductory remarks, Dean of Fellows Wolf Schäfer expressed his excitement about a “cool” project that works with quantitative as well as qualitative methods -- "data" with the help of data, so to speak. »
On the evening of October 7, 2014, the American Academy in Berlin awarded the 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to James A. Baker, III, the United States Secretary of State from 1989-1992 and US Secretary of the Treasury from 1985-1988. The award is given in recognition of Secretary Baker’s outstanding contributions towards German reunification and the peaceful resolution of the Cold War, and in particular for his role in international negotiations following the fall of the Berlin Wall. “James A. »
German president Joachim Gauck received the American Academy in Berlin at Schloß Bellevue on the afternoon of October 7 for a reception in honor of the Academy's twentieth anniversary. "There are many transatlantic connections," President Gauck said. "However, in this transatlantic net of relations there is one organization, here in Berlin, which plays an especially important role: the American Academy." »
September 9 marked the twentieth anniversary of the American Academy in Berlin. On that date, in 1994, just after the last of the American brigade left the once-divided city, Vice President Al Gore presented Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s vision of a new institution that would broaden the German-American relationship and prepare it for the post-Cold War world. It was to be a privately funded venture that would promote greater understanding and dialogue through a residential fellowship program, based in Berlin. »