The spring 2014 semester at the American Academy in Berlin concluded on the evening of June 5, ending a tremendous season of lectures and presentations by our fellows and distinguished visitors. The Academy's public program will begin again in September, when the fall 2014 Berlin Prize recipients take up residence at the Hans Arnhold Center. The traditional Fellows Presentation will take place in mid-September. Please check back this summer to learn of the fall 2014 program of talks, readings, screenings, lectures, and special events, including a smattering of events surrounding the Academy's twentieth anniversary.
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. »
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 intellectual debates taking place at our Wannsee villa. »
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 place on October 7, 2014, at the American Academy in Berlin. Secretary Baker and Dr. Kissinger will both be in attendance. »
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. »
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, continues to argue that Germany has an overwhelming number of reasons to make sure the euro succeeds, and that the Eurozone holds together through the crisis. »