About us

Henry Kissinger, Richard Holbrooke, and Richard von Weizsäcker at the 2009 Kissi

The American Academy in Berlin was established in 1994. Its primary goal is to foster greater understanding and dialogue between the people of the United States and the people of Germany through its presence in Berlin, a city with which the United States should maintain its unique cultural, social, political, and historical links.  

The Academy offers residential fellowships at its Hans Arnhold Center to scholars, writers, policymakers, and artists, permitting them to pursue their work in a manner that encourages participation in the vibrant life of Berlin and Germany. The Academy also brings leading Americans to Berlin for briefer visits to facilitate a robust exchange of views between the people of Germany and the United States.

Since the Academy opened its doors, in 1998, it has become one of Europe’s most visible and effective institutions of transatlantic dialogue and has built up an extensive and enduring network in the corporate, political, academic, and cultural communities in the United States and in Germany. Its cross-cultural, interdisciplinary environment and creative programming have made the Academy a highly regarded center in Germany and beyond, leading the German newsweekly Der Spiegel to describe the American Academy in Berlin as "the world's most important center for American intellectual life outside the United States."