Monday, July 07, 2014 | Foreign Policy

The Spring 2014 "Berlin Journal" on NPR Berlin

The story of the creation of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for Diplomacy and Governance

The spring 2014 edition of the "Berlin Journal," which airs on NPR Berlin on July 5 and 7, covers the diplomatic trajectory of Richard C. Holbrooke, who founded the American Academy in Berlin in 1994, as outgoing US ambassador to Germany. Through the decades of his career, beginning in the 1970s, Holbrooke served in some of the most difficult posts and handled many of the most...

Friday, July 04, 2014 | Special Event

Hot Off the Press: The Spring 2014 Berlin Journal

The new Berlin Journal features a new look, a thematic focus, in-depth book reviews, and much more.

The American Academy's house magazine, The Berlin Journal, published twice per year, is now in its twenty-sixth issue. The spring 2014 Berlin Journal features a smart re-design by Edenspiekermann and a new section devoted to a single theme, with which we aim to mirror some of the...

Friday, June 20, 2014 | Special Event

James Baker III to receive the 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize in October

A former US Secretary of State and the Treasury who helped to bring about the peaceful end to the Cold War

The American Academy in Berlin announces that the 2014 Henry A. Kissinger Prize will be awarded to James A. Baker, III, US 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. The award ceremony will take...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Foreign Policy

Statecraft and Responsibility

The first working group of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum convened to discuss the urgency of global governance.

The overarching theme of the Holbrooke Forum is responsibility and statecraft in the twenty-first century: how responsibility for managing critical problems—from conflict, civil war, financial crisis, and climate change—is being redistributed in a multipolar world. In the Forum's June 2014 meeting, co-chaired by...

Monday, June 09, 2014 | Economics

Germany and the Euro: The Revenge of Helmut Schmidt

A controversial thesis by one of America's top macro economists: Germany is largely responsible for the economic crisis in Europe.

With the Eurozone crisis in its fifth year, many commentators and policy experts continue to see the issue of Germany’s role and the future of the Euro as a prevalent one. In contrast to those who rally against the common European currency, however, C. Fred Bergsten, the Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitor and former president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics,...

Saturday, May 17, 2014 | The Berlin Prize

Announcing the 2014-2015 Class of Berlin Prize Fellows

Proudly congratulating the Academy's seventeenth class

The American Academy in Berlin is proud to announce the twenty-five recipients of the Berlin Prize Fellowship for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 terms. The highly competitive Berlin Prize is awarded each year to scholars, writers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. The Academy’s seventeenth class of fellows is comprised of outstanding historians...

Friday, May 16, 2014 | Law

My Beloved World

From social housing to the US Supreme Court

In the presentation of her memoir at the American Academy as a Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitor, the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor talked about her journey from social housing in the Bronx to the bench of the United States Supreme Court. My Beloved World, Sotomayor's just-released biography, recounts how the US Supreme Court judge, faced with with an exceedingly precarious childhood,...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | The Berlin Prize

Now Accepting Berlin Prize Applications

Apply for 2015-2016 Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin is now accepting applications from emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin for one academic semester (September through December; January to mid-June), in some cases for the entire year. The deadline for applications is September 29, 2014, at 6pm CET (12 noon EST)....

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | National Security

Making Sense of Security in the Cyber Age

Who -- and how safe -- are our ghosts in the machine?

On the evening of April 29, Jane Holl Lute, the president and chief executive officer of the Council on Cybersecurity and former deputy secretary of the US Department of Homelend Security, spoke about the present problems and future concerns of Internet security. While modern societies typically assign security to their governments, Lute says there have been no clear or consistent...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | Arts and Culture

Criticism in the Expanded Field: Roberta Smith in Conversation with Isabelle Graw

What is role and purpose of art criticism?

The evening of April 28 welcomed two renowned art critics to the stage: Robert Smith, the co-chief art critic of the New York Times and a Marina Kellen French Distinguished Visitor, in discussion with Isabelle Graw, the founding editor of Texte zur Kunst and a professor of art history and theory at Berlin’s Hochschule für Bildende Kunst. After being asked by Isabelle...