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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 seemingly hopeless tasks on American diplomacy’s to-do list, including the 1995 Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. »

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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 intellectual debates taking place at our Wannsee villa. »

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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 place on October 7, 2014, at the American Academy in Berlin. Secretary Baker and Dr. Kissinger will both be in attendance. »

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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. »

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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, 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. »