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American Council on Germany to Receive Major Gift from the Estate of Past President Richard M. Hunt

The family of the late Dr. Richard M. Hunt, who passed away at age 93 in April 2020, has announced its intention to make a gift of $1 million to the American Council on Germany in his memory. Rick Hunt, a respected educator, statesman, and historian at Harvard University, worked tirelessly for more than 50 years to support the Council and its work to strengthen German-American relations. He was the longest-serving President and CEO of the Council (from 1972 to 1988). Rick Hunt began his association with the ACG in the late 1950s, serving on the Board from 1970 until his passing, and as Vice Chairman for 32 years. Before he passed away, Rick Hunt asked his family to honor the ACG with a memorial...

Reflecting on Wednesday’s Capitol Siege

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to sit down and reflect on the events that unfolded last week in Washington, DC. After the annus horribilis 2020, there were high hopes that 2021 would be a better year. But, the developments during the first full week do not bode well. On Wednesday, we saw our democracy come under attack when the U.S. Capitol was stormed. This political crisis comes against the backdrop of an ongoing national public health emergency. On Thursday, the United States recorded more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths in a single day, the highest one-day death toll since the beginning of the pandemic. And, on Friday the United States surpassed 300,000 daily coronavirus cases. The number – which roughly equates the population of Pittsburgh or...

In Memoriam: Former ACG Board Member Dr. Guido Goldman

Photo of Dr. Guido Goldman taken during the 2019 German-American Conference Opening Dinner Former ACG Board member Dr. Guido Goldman – a consummate and pivotal transatlanticist deemed a “U.S. Bridge to Germany” by the New York Times – passed away on November 30 at the age of 83. Throughout his life, he tirelessly championed German-American relations through a variety of organizations and institutions, including the American Council on Germany, on whose Board he actively served from 1975 to 2014. Dr. Goldman was the founder of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Co-Founding Director (together with Professor Stanley Hoffmann) of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. CES characterized Dr. Goldman as an “architect of enduring partnerships between Germany...

The Transatlantic Reunification Agenda

After World War II, the United States and Germany went from being mortal enemies to close friends with the same fundamental values and interests. And while the relationship has been in a deep freeze under US President Donald Trump, it can and must be revived. by Ambassador John B. Emerson and Sigmar Gabriel. BERLIN – For four years, US President Donald Trump’s administration demonstrated that it had little use for alliances. But the fact remains that the US-German partnership is indispensable and will remain indispensable. The “2+4” negotiations that reunited East and West Germany after decades of separation by the Iron Curtain are but one example of how Americans and Germans have stood shoulder to shoulder throughout the post-World War II period. As in any...
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