We founded this private, independent, project with Jörg Geier (Hamburg) and Scott Brunstetter (Washington DC) in July 2003 out of a concern for the deterioration of the US-German relationship. We have sent this digest to a German and an international Fulbright mailing list twice a month ever since.
We strive for a critical, but fair and multifaceted coverage of US policies. We hope to contribute to mutual understanding in the spirit of the Fulbright Program by summarizing in a nonpartisan way interesting press articles from respected sources and different points of view published on both sides of the Atlantic and freely available on the internet.
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Mr. Jason Haserodt from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State is among those who recommend our project:
Anyone interested in a fresh, thoughtful, and in-depth look into transatlantic relations will find the Atlantic Review an indispensable source for comprehensive, well-balanced news.
Mr. Haserodt's review is available for registered members of the The State Department's Alumni portal.
Sponsored by the German Fulbright Alumni Association, the Atlantic Review is published on the internet since June 2005. Anybody can subscribe to our free HTML newsletter. While the newsletter is sent twice a month, the website is updated at least once per week. Besides, our website www.AtlanticReview.org contains the current and past issues since January 2005. The Atlantic Review has already attracted many readers beyond the global Fulbright community to this German Fulbright project and to the Fulbright Alumni e.V. to which we link on our front-page.
Balanced and multifaceted news and analysis via the internet
Thanks to the internet, our access to information is not restricted to our own side of the Atlantic anymore. Most US and European newspapers and journals publish large parts of their content on the internet for free. That way, it has become much easier for us Europeans to learn why Americans perceive certain political issues so differently than we do, and vice versa. The only problem is that most people do not have the time surf to the websites of various news sources searching for good articles on a regular basis.
That's where the Atlantic Review helps: We scan a large number of credible newspapers, magazines, TV programs, and alternative media sources from both sides of the Atlantic for you: First we select the most interesting and insightful articles, analyses, reports and essays on transatlantic affairs. Then we summarize the most important information and arguments in our own words and/or present significant quotes from the original article. Last but not least we direct you to the original news source with a direct link so that you can read the full text if you are interested.
The Atlantic Review hereby offers a great time saving service for our busy fellow Fulbrighters and other readers. Moreover, we believe that our website contributes to mutual understanding by informing our European readers of ongoing debates in the US that are not sufficiently covered in the European media and vice versa. The information in the Atlantic Review can help our readers not only to stay well informed about German, EU- and US foreign policies and transatlantic relations, but also to confront anti-American sentiments in Germany as well as Anti-German/Anti-European sentiments in the US. The Atlantic Review lays the ground for deeper understanding and insightful discussion.
Our reading recommendations neither reflect our own opinion nor do we intend to convince you of the author’s thesis. Rather, we are trying to offer a wide range of facts and different opinions – because we believe that a critical and thorough, but balanced and multifaceted coverage of the United States, Europe and transatlantic issues is very much needed to understand, appreciate and improve the transatlantic partnership. Or, to put it in Senator Fulbright's words:
The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy – the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something that we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately.
As former Fulbright grantees, who have had the privilege to participate in and appreciate the culture and way of life on the respective other side of the Atlantic, and in accordance with the Fulbright spirit, we believe it is our joyful responsibility to continue our work as cultural ambassadors and to help improve our mutual, transatlantic friendship.
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The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries.
The Atlantic Review files interesting articles related to the Fulbright program or Senator Fulbright or written by Fulbrighters in the Fulbright category.
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer described the significance and purpose of Fulbright exchanges as well as Senator Fulbright's legacy at a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the German American Fulbright Program in 2002: His speech in German. The English translation.
The German Fulbright Alumni Association unites former participants of the German-American Fulbright Program.
The German-American Fulbright Commission administers the German-American Fulbright Program, which has developed into one of the most active and influential of the binational educational exchange programs operating under the Fulbright umbrella.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at U.S. Department of State is responsible for the U.S. government's overseas educational, cultural and informational programs.