While at the Academy, Esra Akcan is working on a book about social-housing building projects in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Akcan was educated as an architect in Turkey and received her PhD from Columbia University in New York. Her research on modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism foregrounds the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia. She has authored more than a hundred articles in scholarly books and professional journals in multiple languages, and her books include Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey, and the Modern House (Duke, 2012), which offers a new way to understand the global movement of architecture by extending the notion of translation beyond language to visual fields, and Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (Chicago, 2012; coauthor Sibel Bozdoğan). Akcan has also exhibited her work at venues including the Istanbul Design Biennale and the Istanbul Architecture Festival.
In this lecture, polling expert Douglas Rivers, chief scientist at YouGov and professor of political science at Stanford University, discusses the 2016 US Presidential election campaign and the outpouring of anger across the political spectrum. In both the Democratic and Republican Presidential primaries, many voters rejected “establishment” choices and supported outsiders such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. What is the source of this widespread discontent?
On the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2016, the American Academy in Berlin welcomed its thirty-seventh class of fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center. The class of fellows, chosen by an independent selection committee, will explore an array of projects and topics--some, but by no means all, related to Germany. Words of welcome were delivered by Academy chairman Gahl Hodges Burt, and the introduction was delivered by exiled Syrian press-freedom advocate Marzen Darwish.
The American Academy in Berlin awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power, on June 8, 2016. Both Ambassador Power and former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger were at the award ceremony, attended by 350 invited guests. The laudation was delivered by Christoph Heusgen, the Foreign Policy and Security Advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel. In attendance were German cabinet ministers Thomas de Maizière and Christian Schmidt.
The prize, which is awarded annually to a renowned figure in the field of international diplomacy, recognizes Ambassador Power for her “determined pursuit of a more secure, peaceful, and humane world.” In her current position, she has worked to rally the international community to respond to global threats—from the Ebola outbreak to the rise of violent extremist groups—and has been a persistent and forceful advocate for human rights and democratic accountability. She is the first woman to be awarded the prize.
The policy of Western industrialized wealthy democracies toward failed and badly governed states has vacillated between transforming these countries into consolidated democracies -- or at least putting them on the road to Denmark -- and doing nothing. The West needs to define a realistic set of objectives says Stephen D. Krasner, Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University. Policies can only be effective if they conform to the incentives of political elites in poorly governed states. "Good-enough" governance, he notes -- though it may be far from the democratic ideals cherished by modern democracies -- is both a realistic and achievable goal in providing security and basic services, some economic growth, jobs, and tolerance.