DGAP Events

Overview of DGAP Events

Renowned experts come to the DGAP to discuss the key questions and prevailing topics of foreign policy almost every day. Below you can find reports from previous events and details on upcoming events that take place within the framework of the DGAP Council. Additional events are organized within the framework of the DGAP Think Tank and can be viewed here.


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The Czech Republic Wants to Join the EU Fiscal Pact
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek acknowledges his country’s readiness for EU integration
07/03/2014 | 12:30 - 14:00 | Berlin | Europe, European Union
The Czech Republic Wants to Join the EU Fiscal Pact
The top candidates in this May's European elections should be doing more than just running on behalf of their own parties, said Foreign Minister Zaorálek during his talk at the DGAP. They must initiate a far-reaching discussion about the future of the European Union. Zaorálek, who took up his post this January, stressed that the Czech administration is in favor of encouraging mutual trust among all European actors. Speech (in English) available in the link below.
Category: European Union, Europe
Nuclear Weapons Will Not Make Iran More Secure
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s DGAP speech on his country’s new foreign policy course and nuclear negotiations
03/02/2014 | 12:00 - 13:30 | DGAP | Iran
Nuclear Weapons Will Not Make Iran More Secure
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, continues his country’s ongoing communication campaign. After speaking at the Munich Security Conference, he stopped by the DGAP on February 3, to give a speech and answer questions from the audience. Zarif sought to parry concerns about his country’s nuclear activities, stating that nuclear arms would not be in Iran’s interest. Quite the contrary, they would undermine Iran’s security and its role in the region.
Category: Iran
“Kosovo Wants to Contribute to Europe”
President Atifete Jahjaga describes how Kosovo is moving closer to the EU and her country’s dialogue with Serbia
24/10/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Kosovo, Enlargement Process
“Kosovo Wants to Contribute to Europe”
President Jahjaga emphasized Kosovo’s desire to join the EU: “Our identity is European.” Indeed, the membership route is the only feasible option for the young country’s future development. To this end, Kosovars are in the midst of extensive reform efforts. In her speech at the DGAP, and in discussion with Paul Freiherr von Maltzahn and guests, Jahjaga urged the EU to loosen its visa policy. She also called on Serbia to buttress the dialogue it began with Kosovo in 2011 with concrete action.
Category: European Union, Enlargement Process, Europe, Balkans, Kosovo
Syria: The West in the Role of Crisis Manager
Is the West in the process of redefining itself, or is “the West” becoming an obsolete category altogether? A debate at the DGAP
18/09/2013 | 18:00 - 19:30 | DGAP | Syria, Security
Syria: The West in the Role of Crisis Manager
Civil war has been tearing Syria apart for more than two years, and a way out is still not in sight. The precarious humanitarian situation, the high number of refugees, and the chemical weapons attack in June all cry out for a response on the part of the international community. Josef Janning, Henning Riecke, and Eberhard Sandschneider joined members of the DGAP for a fireside conversation about the international community’s response to the conflict and the role the West should play in it.
Category: Security, Arms Control and WMD, Conflicts and Strategies, Internal Conflicts, Transatlantic Relations, Near and Middle East/North Africa, Syria
Accentuate the Positive!
G. L. Peiris, Sri Lanka’s minister of external affairs, brought an upbeat message to Berlin. But what of the demons?
14/06/2013 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | Sri Lanka
Accentuate the Positive!
With 30 years of bloody civil war officially over, Sri Lankans are more than ready to eliminate the negative, says G.L. Peiris, Sri Lanka’s minister of external affairs. His speech focused on the nation’s economic resurgence, its desire to open out to the world, and the government’s work to resettle displaced persons and rebuild infrastructure in the shattered north. But, as he himself admits, the “sensitive and delicate” process of Tamil-Sinhalese reconciliation is far from complete.
Category: Sri Lanka
In Search of Saudi Arabia – A Rock in a Stormy Sea?
Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring
13/06/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Saudi Arabia
Category: Saudi Arabia
“Serbia Is Going to Seize its Opportunity”
Suzana Grubješić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, discusses the process of moving closer to the EU
12/06/2013 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | Serbia, European Union
“Serbia Is Going to Seize its Opportunity”
“EU accession talks could start tomorrow,” stated Grubješić, who in addition to being deputy prime minister is her government’s minister for European integration. Major progress has been made on the required reforms. The plan is for entry negotiations to begin this fall – provided that the European Council gives its green light at the end of June. Now, everything hinges on the Kosovo question, as she said in her conversation with DGAP guests and its general secretary, Paul Freiherr von Maltzahn.
Category: European Union, Serbia
The Western Balkans: A Region in Transformation
Thirty DGAP members tour Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina using EU enlargement as a point of reference
13/05/2013 - 18/05/2013 | 08:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Balkans, Enlargement Process
The Western Balkans: A Region in Transformation
The Western Balkans have always stood at the crossroads of diverse cultures and ethnicities. The tour’s participants saw vibrant cities and met with many active NGOs but also encountered societies whose war wounds are far from healed. Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina still have work ahead of them – in the fight against corruption, in economic development, and in ethnic reconciliation. As the tour heard again and again, the most significant motor of change is the EU accession process.
Category: European Union, Enlargement Process, Europe, Balkans
Made in Germany: Perspectives of an Entrepreneur from India
Investor and entrepreneur Debjit D. Chaudhuri speaks to members of Young DGAP– Frankfurt Regional Group
29/04/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
How can Germany attract more highly qualified immigrants? Investor and entrepreneur Debjit D. Chaudhuri, director of ValueWerk, was the guest speaker at the second roundtable of the Young DGAP held at the offices of the immigration law firm Fragomen Global LLP in Frankfurt. The presentation was part of the “Made in Germany” conference series.
Strengthening Moderate Islamic Forces
MehreenFarooq, Expert on Extremism, Discusses Radicalization and Effective Countermeasures
19/04/2013 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Terrorism
Strengthening Moderate Islamic Forces
Why are radical Islamists gaining supporters? What can the West do to strengthen moderate forces in Muslim societies and weaken extremist groups? MehreenFarooq, senior fellow at the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE), spoke at the DGAP about the causes of radicalization and made a clear call to “strengthen moderate Islamic forces in order to prevent extremist tendencies.
Category: Terrorism, Religion, Fragile States
A Hundred Days after the Election: Where is the US Heading?
A Discussion of American Foreign and Security Policy
07/02/2013 | 18:00 - 19:30 | Konferenzraum der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung | United States of America
Six months ago Barack Obama won his second bid for the White House. In light of ongoing economic problems, however, it is unclear whether American foreign and security policy will stay on the same course. Susan McManus, professor at the University of Southern Florida joined Josef Braml, resident fellow and US expert at the DGAP’s Transatlantic Relations Program, for a discussion moderated by Thomas Gutschker, political editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).
Category: United States of America
“We Need Brave Europeans!”
Pier Luigi Bersani, General Secretary of the Partito Democratico, speaks at the DGAP about the Opportunities that the EU offers Italy
05/02/2013 | 13:30 - 15:00 | DGAP | Italy, Elections
“We Need Brave Europeans!”
In late February Italians go to the polls. Pier Luigi Bersani, the center-left candidate has good chances to become Italy's next leader. In Berlin, he talked about Italy's problems and his plans as Prime Minister. He stressed that the economic crisis can only be overcome through deeper integration and member state solidarity.
Category: Elections, Economy and Finance, European Union, Italy, Europe
Is Iran Ready for Bilateral Nuclear Negotiations?
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi delivers a speech at the DGAP
04/02/2013 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Iran, Arms Control and WMD
Is Iran Ready for Bilateral Nuclear Negotiations?
Iran may now be ready to enter into bilateral negotiations with the US about its nuclear program, confirmed Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi at his speech before the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, a declaration made just one day earlier at the Munich Security Conference.
Category: Security, Arms Control and WMD, Conflict-Prevention, Iran, Near and Middle East/North Africa
India and Europe
In a speech at the DGAP, Foreign Minister Shri Salman Khurshid stresses common ground
29/01/2013 | 15:00 - 16:30 | DGAP | India, Bilateral Relations
India and Europe
Foreign Minister Khurshid’s visit was in step with efforts to strengthen India’s strategic partnership with Germany. A major push for which came in May 2012, when the first Indo-German intergovernmental consultation was held in New Delhi. In both his speech and the discussion that followed, Khurshid stressed common interests, including UN reform. “We need to adapt the UN system to better reflect reality.”
Category: Bilateral Relations, Asia, Europe, India, Germany
ECOWAS Intervenes in the Mali Conflict
Alassane Ouattara, president of the Ivory Coast and chairman of ECOWAS, on the organization’s next steps
16/01/2013 | 18:00 - 19:30 | DGAP | West Africa, Security
ECOWAS Intervenes in the Mali Conflict
Following a meeting with the German government in Berlin on Wednesday, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara spoke at the DGAP on his country’s role in the West African economic community and in resolving the conflict in neighboring Mali. The surprising advance of Islamist rebels over the past few weeks has torpedoed international plans to deal with the crisis. French intervention was the only way to stop the rebels. ECOWAS will now try to begin their planned operation this week.
Category: Security, West Africa, Ivory Coast
Did the European debt crisis plunge us into a European integration crisis?
Junge DGAP expert talk at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
20/11/2012 | 18:45 - 21:15 | Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Did the European debt crisis plunge us into a European integration crisis?
On November 20, 2012, the Junge DGAP in Frankfurt welcomed European economy experts Mr. van der Mensbrugghe, director of the Europe Office of the IMF, and Dr. Linzert, deputy head of the monetary strategic division at the ECB, as well as Prof. Löchel, professor of economics at the Frankfurt School, to answer the question: “Did the European debt crisis plunge us into a European integration crisis?” Mr Balling, a journalist at the Börsenzeitung, guided us through this interesting roundtable.
Georgia on the Way to the Western Community of Values
Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze speaks at the DGAP on the new Georgian government’s foreign policy agenda
15/11/2012 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | Georgia, Bilateral Relations
Georgia on the Way to the Western Community of Values
Only three weeks after taking office—and before meeting with the German foreign minister—Maia Panjikidze came to an expert talk at the DGAP to clarify the new government in Tbilisi’s foreign policy priorities. Her most important message: Georgia seeks a connection to the EU and NATO and hopes for reconciliation with Russia. However, the re-opening of diplomatic relations with Russia will remain impossible as long as Russia continues to occupy Georgian territory.
Category: Bilateral Relations, Germany, Georgia
The Price of Inequality
Joseph Stiglitz and Erich Weede on the growing inequality of opportunity and what the state can do about it
10/10/2012 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Economy and Finance
The Price of Inequality
The gap between rich and poor is widening: Fewer and fewer people own more of the wealth while the number of people in poverty is growing and the middle-class is threatened with decline. What effect does this growing inequality have on society? What are the causes? And how should the political system react? Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner and author of “The Price of Inequality” discussed these issues with sociologist Erich Weede at the DGAP.
Category: Economy and Finance
A Conundrum Democracy as an Obstacle to Peace, Dictatorship as an Obstacle to Political Reform?
The Arab-Israeli conflict and Syria
20/09/2012 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Security
Category: Security, Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Changing Environments: Pakistan’s Perspective
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, stresses importance of peaceful and stable Afghanistan in speech at DGAP
03/09/2012 | 18:00 - 19:30 | DGAP | Pakistan
Changing Environments: Pakistan’s Perspective
A meeting with Foreign Minister Westerwelle and the agreement for a “strategic dialogue” between Germany and Pakistan was the occasion of Pakistani Foreign Minister, H.E. Hina Rabbani Khar’s visit to Berlin. Khar highlighted the excellent bilateral ties between Germany and Pakistan and thanked Germany for its extraordinary support and understanding.
Category: Pakistan

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