The American Council on Germany (ACG) is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that was founded in 1952 to strengthen German-American relations. Today, the ACG works across generations to provide a deeper, more nuanced understanding about Germany, Europe, and the importance of the transatlantic partnership. Through a range of programs and activities, the ACG addresses the most pressing economic, political, and social challenges of the day to ensure better mutual understanding.
“Interesting lecture series, study trips and high-level conferences on current economic and political issues are but some of the diverse activities which make the American Council on Germany a key forum for frank and intensive dialog bringing together decision-makers and young hopefuls from both sides of the Atlantic. The American Council on Germany... has repeatedly proven itself to be an essential pillar of a vibrant, enduring transatlantic partnership.”- Chancellor Angela Merkel
“As the Cold War came to an end, globalization was often discussed and debated in theoretical terms. Today, it is an established fact, and we need to explore how the German-American relationship should adapt to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by the globalization of free market and democratic principles”- ACG Chairman Robert M. Kimmitt
“In the years ahead, working with the Atlantik-Bruecke and other organizations, the Council will create new programs and develop new ties under its present leadership between our two countries and enable both American and Germany to live at last in a better world with much better memories of the past and much brighter hopes for a more peaceful future.”- Lieutenant General Peter Schelzig, Vice Chief of Defense (Deputy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), German Ministry of Defense
“The time is right for the ACG’s strategic engagement and an ambitious portfolio of activities that aim to inform and influence public debate, as well as conversations among U.S. and German opinion leaders and decision-makers.”- ACG Vice Chairman Dr. Richard M. Hunt
“The transatlantic relationship, from the beginning of the Marshall Fund to the creation of NATO to our support for German reunification is one of the great success stories – economically, politically, and militarily – of world history. Moving forward, we need the same level of political will – on both sides of the Atlantic – to continue to bring a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to the challenges we face. And the American Council on Germany can play a significant role in helping to bring that about.”Ambassador John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany