According to Javier Solana, in an age where globalization reigns, the world is connected by the threads of interdependence, denser in some areas than in others. In the context of sharing economies, information networks, currencies, and problems, these realities are challenging classical state borders. He argues that the European Union is a prime example of an attempt to move beyond these structures in order to deal productively with these shifts—yet the difficulties experienced in recent years have clearly shown that the European Union remains a work in progress. Overall, within today’s global landscape, Solana believes the search is on for the place of responsibility.
On the evening of September 25, Adam Ross, the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow at the Academy this fall, gave a captivating and dramatic reading of his novel in progress, Playworld. Joshua Cohen, an American short story writer and novelist in residence for the month, introduced Ross to an audience of fellow writers (among them Julia Franck), avid readers, and Academy fellows. »
The American Academy welcomed its thirty-third class of fellows at the Hans Arnhold Center on September 18, 2014. The evening began with introductions by Academy Chairman A. Michael Hoffman and Executive Director Gary Smith. Hoffman welcomed not only the fellows but also Academy’s new Dean of Fellows, Wolf Schäfer, who was himself a new fellow just a year ago, in fall 2013. »
Distinguished visitor Jeremy Rifkin opened his lecture at the Allianz Forum by predicting nothing less than the end of capitalism as we know it. The famed social theorist and futurist believes that as a new sharing economy begins to flourish, the entire capitalist system is being forced to undergo a deep-rooted transformation in order to accommodate a new global trend he calls "the collaborative commons." While capitalism will not "cease to exist" entirely, Rifkin says, he predicts that it will no longer be the primary economic system by the year 2050. »
“The old world is dying. The new world has not yet emerged. And in the twilight rises up a monster.” – Antonio Gramsci
With this portentous quotation, Airbus Distinguished Visitor Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Asia Society and a principal at the private equity firm Cranemere, Inc., delivered an engaging perspective on the rise of China and its effects upon the existing world order. »
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 seemingly hopeless tasks on American diplomacy’s to-do list, including the 1995 Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. »