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Germany and the Crisis with Ukraine and Russia

Germany is deeply engaged in trying to resolve the crisis with Ukraine and Russia, with Chancellor Angela Merkel holding the record for the most number of phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. What is Germany's leverage? What are her interests?

From Memory to Mending: Lessons for Eastern Europe from Germany's Foreign Policy of Reconciliation

Event cosponsored by American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Society, Culture and Politics Program and Kennan Institute.

Gender and the Long Postwar: The United States and the Two Germanys, 1945–1989

Gender and the Long Postwar examines gender politics during the post–World War II period and the Cold War in the United States and East and West Germany. The authors show how disruptions of older political and social patterns, exposure to new cultures, population shifts, and the rise of consumerism affected gender roles and identities. Comparing all three countries, chapters analyze the ways that gender figured into relations between victor and vanquished and shaped everyday life in both the Western and Soviet blocs.

Broaden the German-U.S. Dialogue About Snooping

Germans are not naive: They know that states spy, and that attempts to listen in to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conversations were to be expected. But they didn’t expect that the United States would do this, for a decade.

Trust needs to be rebuilt. We must go beyond an exchange of accusations and counter-accusations over this issue. As allies and democracies, the United States and Germany can do this, with some imagination and effort, and the relationship can be improved as a result.

Do Friends Spy on Friends? What We Have Learned From the “Summer of Snowden”

Tension is high between the U.S. and its European allies over revelations about NSA spying. Former Wilson Center Scholar Georg Mascolo is a former Editor-in-Chief of the German news weekly Der Spiegel. He recently met with Edward Snowden and has also co-authored an article about the need to rebuild trust between allies. We asked him to provide CONTEXT on the situation during his recent visit to the Wilson Center. 

Lessons from the Summer of Snowden: The Hard Road Back to Trust

Georg Mascolo, former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, and Tyson Barker, director of Transatlantic Relations at the Bertelsman Foundation, will discuss the necessity of a political solution that resolves US and European disputes over NSA surveillance programs. The panel will offer a comprehensive account of US intelligence practices in post-9/11 world and the resulting disconnect between expectations of personal privacy and the logic of mass surveillance technologies. According to Mascolo and Scott, the U.S.

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