Further Resources

Books © picture-alliance/dpa Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/dpa) To find out more about how to "Think Transatlantic" - and perhaps even build your own bright transatlantically inclinced future - check out some of these institutions which provide all kinds of great information on transatlantic and German-American relations.

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Atlantik-Brücke - which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012 - is a private, non-profit, nonpartisan association with the goal of building a bridge between Germany and the United States. Its activities focus on efforts to enable better mutual understanding.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) - which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012 - is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

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DAAD North America

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)/German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm.

The American Council on Germany

The American Council on Germany (ACG) is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization which promotes dialogue among leaders from business, government, and the media in the United States and Europe. The ACG strengthens transatlantic understanding and coordinates policy initiatives on key issues in the post-September 11th world.

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Atlantic Community Initiative

Atlantic-community.org is the first online foreign policy think tank, and is primarily focused on issues affecting transatlantic relations. Launched in 2007 as a project of Atlantische Initiative e.V., based in Berlin, and Atlantic Initiative US, based in Washington, DC, its mission is to encourage open and democratic dialogue on the challenges facing Europe and North America. These challenges can only be solved through close cooperation.

German American Chamber of Commerce

AHK USA - the German American Chamber of Commerce - is one of the largest bilateral trade organizations worldwide. With 2,500 member companies and office locations in Atlanta, Chicago and New York as well as branch offices in Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco, the members and clients of AHK USA benefit from a nation-wide service network.

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Germany-USA Career Center

The Germany-USA Career Center, a leading recruiting source for US-German and German-American markets, provides employment, career and search services for companies in the US and in Germany.

American Chamber of Commerce in Germany

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany strives to enhance global economic and trade relations built on a strong foundation of American and German partnership. Founded in Berlin in 1903, AmCham Germany is the oldest bilateral trade association in Germany and the second oldest AmCham in the world. Today, with over 3,000 members, AmCham Germany is the largest American Chamber of Commerce in Europe.

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American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) produces analyses of developments and trends in Germany, Europe, and the United States; creates new transatlantic networks among changing generations; and intensifies dialogue among the business, political, and academic communities to manage differences and define and promote common interests.

The Aspen Institute

The mission of the Aspen Institute is to improve the quality of leadership through dialogue about the values and ideals essential to meeting the challenges facing organizations and governments at all levels.

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The American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin was established in 1994. Its primary goal is to foster greater understanding and dialogue between the people of the United States and the people of Germany through its presence in Berlin, a city with which the United States should maintain its unique cultural, social, political, and historical links.

Fulbright Program

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

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Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council is a Washington, DC think tank and public policy group whose mission is to "promote constructive US leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic community in meeting the international challenges of the 21st century."


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Bilateral Relations

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Germany and the United States are bound by a vigorous and robust friendship founded on shared experience, values and interests. Find out more about bilateral relations between Germany and the United States from the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

German Organizations in Washington, DC

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Do you live in DC - or are you planning a visit - and want to find out more about German culture, society and economy? Here are some organizations in the DC area that can provide you with the information you are looking for. Attending an event at one of these organizations moreover just might help you "Think Transatlantic."

German Think Tanks

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As this list compiled at policyjobs.net clearly illustrates, Germany is home to many think tanks (Denkfabriken), several of which might provide transatlantic perspectives on key global issues.

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Do Deutsch

The German language opens up a wealth of opportunities. Learn why you should "just add German" here on our do Deutsch pages.

American Think Tanks

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A quick perusal of this extensive, work-in-progress, wiki-list of think tanks in the United States could serve as a springboard for a variety of ways to "Think Transatlantic" right in your own backyard or at your local college campus.

Studying in Germany

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The transatlantic exchange of ideas, knowledge, and innovation between Germany and the United States is unparalleled in its breadth and depth. Whether you want to spend an undergraduate semester studying in Lüneburg, or complete an advanced engineering degree at the prestigious KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), a variety of informational and funding resources are available.

Exchange and Networking

In German, to "bring two things under a hat" ("zwei Dinge unter einen Hut bringen") means to successfully juggle them.

In an age of instant, global communication, Edward R. Murrow's famous phrase about the "last three feet" being essential in establishing personal bonds and forming trust between people and nations remains as true as ever. Simply put, there is no substitute for spending time in another country in order to understand its culture, customs, and way of life; in short, to get to know its people.