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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Reluctant Meister
How Germany's Past is Shaping Its European Future
01/10/2015 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
A Conversation with Fania Oz-Salzberger
Berlin as the Emblem of German-Israeli History
13/05/2015 | 16:00 - 17:30 | DGAP | Israel, Bilateral Relations
Category: Bilateral Relations, Israel, Germany
Germany as a “Force for European Orientation”
Norbert Röttgen outlines his expectations for German foreign policy
07/05/2015 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Germany, International Policy/Relations
Germany as a “Force for European Orientation”
Röttgen, who chairs the Bundestag’s committee on foreign relations, identified three major upheavals that are threatening stability in the world today: the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the collapse of states in North Africa, and the internal erosion of EU unity. These are the greatest challenges for German – and European – foreign policy, said the CDU politician. His speech was given to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the DGAP. Audio file below (in German).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
The European View from the Western Balkans
Montenegro's Experience
07/05/2015 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Balkans, NATO
The European View from the Western Balkans
Prime Minister Milo Đukanović of Montenegro addressed the DGAP on May 7. Since its successful referendum for independence of 2006, Montenegro has sought to establish itself as an independent state in the Western Balkans. Its efforts to obtain membership in NATO and the EU show its clearly pro-European orientation. What does the country hope for in terms of Euro-Atlantic integration? What problems are to be encountered along the way? A short interview.
Category: European Union, NATO, Balkans
A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy: The Next Six Decades
Celebration marks the DGAP’s 60th anniversary and the conclusion of the Foreign Ministry’s “Review 2014” project
25/02/2015 | 18:00 - 20:00 | Auswärtiges Amt | German Foreign Policy
A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy: The Next Six Decades
Last year Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched an extensive review of German foreign policy, inviting scores of political observers and commentators to offer their input. He presented the results at the foreign ministry in an official ceremony to celebrate the DGAP’s 60th anniversary. The occasion could not be more fitting, he said, since the DGAP, too, has worked for 60 years in pursuit of the same ideal: a fresh look at German foreign policy
Category: German Foreign Policy
We are Fighting for Ukraine
Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev and former boxing champion, pleads for greater German and European support for Ukraine
30/01/2015 | 16:30 - 18:00 | DGAP | Ukraine
We are Fighting for Ukraine
“As an athlete, I know that you can’t win without a fight. We are fighting for our country,” Vitali Klitschko told a group of 230 guests at the DGAP on January 30. Ukraine needs to intensify its orientation toward Europe. It needs European expertise, technology, good practices, and above all, financial support. So Kiev’s current mayor and head of the pro-European, anti-corruption party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) is lobbying for more support from the EU and from Germany.
Category: Ukraine
The Minsk Cease-fire Agreement is Still a Viable Solution
Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s keynote address in January at the DGAP stressed the importance of EU support for Ukraine
08/01/2015 | 10:00 - 01:00 | DGAP
The Minsk Cease-fire Agreement is Still a Viable Solution
Addressing the Council shortly before his meeting with Chancellor Merkel on January 8, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine described Ukraine’s current troubling foreign policy situation and answered questions that ranged from the country’s internal processes of political and economic reform to whether Ukraine aspired to NATO membership. He was joined by Aivaras Abromavicius, the minister of economic development and trade, and Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogas.
The Middle East: Is the Worst Behind or Ahead?
David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, addresses the Council
03/12/2014 - 02/12/2014 | 17:30 - 19:00 | DGAP
The Middle East: Is the Worst Behind or Ahead?
In his overview of the deteriorating state of regional security in the Middle East, David Harris looked both at the rise of ISIS in the region as well as the state of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Threats to Europe's Security Architecture
Address by H.E. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia
06/11/2014 | 17:00 - 18:30 | DGAP | Baltic states, Security
Threats to Europe's Security Architecture
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves was unequivocal in his speech at the DGAP in stating that the events in Ukraine have fundamentally shaken European security.
Category: Security, Baltic states
Finding Fault with Lax Arms Export Policy of the Past
Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister for Economic Affairs, on the principles behind arms export decisions
08/10/2014 | 11:30 - 13:00 | DGAP
Finding Fault with Lax Arms Export Policy of the Past
Gabriel’s ministry is responsible in the federal government for authorizing exports of military equipment. In his keynote speech on the guiding principles of Germany’s arms exports policy, he made clear that matters of foreign policy and security must take precedence over the interests of the defense industry.
Scotland, England and the UK – Changing the Centre of Power
07/10/2014 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
International Law in Times of Crisis: Its Potential and Limitations
30/09/2014 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
International Law in Times of Crisis: Its Potential and Limitations
At a time of proliferating crisis situations – such as Iraq, Syria, and the wider Middle East – serious questions about the effectiveness of international law and its institutions are being raised. The most fundamental norms relating to humanitarian law, the use of force by states, and the territorial integrity of states are being put under intense pressure. What should be done to energize international institutions, above all the United Nations, in an effort to secure a more stable international order for the future?
How to get out of the crisis?
Different approaches in Japan and the EU toward growth
03/06/2014 | 10:00 - 17:00 | DGAP
How to get out of the crisis?
A joint symposium of the DGAP and the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) examines the different approaches in Japan and the EU toward growth
The Silver Lining for Cyprus
Geopolitics, Hydrocarbons and the Economy
07/05/2014 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Cyprus
Category: Cyprus
Jordan’s Reforms and Regional Dynamics
06/05/2014 | 15:00 - 17:00 | DGAP | Jordan
Category: Jordan
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

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