The Zeitgeist

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Berlin Wall: The View from the West
November 09, 2020

Images of the fall of the Berlin Wall dominate the public consciousness when thinking about the end of the Cold War. Photos of jubilant Germans standing atop the symbol of …

The German Approach to China and the Indo-Pacific
November 05, 2020

Germany’s relationship with China is one of Berlin’s top priorities. In the past few years, a crucial debate has taken place in Germany and has broadened the issues in the …

Global Trade and Economic Dynamics
October 13, 2020

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, Mike Froman, Chairman of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and U.S. Trade Representative during the Obama administration, joins AICGS’ Jeff Rathke and Peter …

How Ike Led: A Conversation with Susan Eisenhower
September 14, 2020

Susan Eisenhower joins Jeff Rathke to discuss Ike’s views toward Germany and his lasting legacy in American politics and the transatlantic relationship.

German Politics Heats Up
August 18, 2020

German political dynamics have made an early and perhaps unexpected change this summer, coming out of the “Sommerloch,” with two new announcements from the Social Democratic Party. First, the SPD …

German-American Relations in 2020
July 14, 2020

Peter Beyer, Germany’s Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, joins Jeff Rathke to discuss the ride range of issues facing the two countries today.

From Frugality to Stimulus: Responses to the Pandemic
June 16, 2020

Jörg Kukies, State Secretary in the German Finance Ministry, joins Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish to discuss German and European responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

EU-U.S. Relations: Messy but Valuable
June 15, 2020

Amb. Anthony Gardner, former U.S. Ambassador to the EU, joins Jeff Rathke and Peter Rashish to discuss the EU and its role in the broader transatlantic relationship.

Deep History and Politics in Eastern Germany Today
June 08, 2020

Jeff Rathke and Eric Langenbacher are joined by Simone Lässig to discuss the intersection of politics and history in Saxony today.

Defeat or Liberation: The Changing Interpretations of May 8
May 13, 2020

Jeff Rathke and Eric Langenbacher are joined by Mario Daniels to discuss changing interpretations and perceptions of the end of World War II in Europe.