DGAP Events

Overview of DGAP Events

Members of the German Council on Foregin Relations can hear renowned experts discuss the key questions and prevailing topics of foreign policy at the DGAP on a regular basis. Below is a listing of upcoming and recent events taking place within the framework of the DGAP's Council. Additional events at the DGAP are organized within the framework of the Research Institute and can be viewed here.


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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?
Young 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
“Politics cannot end when soldiers fulfill their duties”
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere holds a keynote speech on Bundeswehr reform at the DGAP
14/06/2012 | 13:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | Germany, Security
“Politics cannot end when soldiers fulfill their duties”
“Today’s security challenges call for a new emphasis on professional capabilities,” said German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere. The realignment of the Bundeswehr is his response to this challenge. Defense no longer means just national defense, but also the defense of alliances as well as international crisis prevention and crisis management.
Category: Security, Defence Policy, Military Capacity, German Armed Forces, Europe, Germany
“Our economy has enormous potential”
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan discusses energy cooperation, political stability, and relations with Germany
19/04/2012 | 17:00 - 18:30 | DGAP | Nigeria
“Our economy has enormous potential”
During his visit to the DGAP, Nigerian President Goodluck E. Jonathan had a clear message: Nigeria and Germany should develop closer relations. Jonathan strongly promoted German investment, claiming that the situation in his country is “secure” despite the latest attacks by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. He highlighted the untapped potential for energy cooperation between the two countries and welcomed the creation of a new “bi-national commission.”
Category: Nigeria
“Democracy is at a crossroads in Tunisia”
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali on the current situation in his country
14/03/2012 | 17:00 - 18:30 | DGAP | Tunisia, Democratization/System Change
“Democracy is at a crossroads in Tunisia”
Tunisia has a good chance to become a democratic, peaceful and stabil state, and a good example for the whole region. However, this development will be at risk, if the government does not meet the population’s high expectations to find a quick solution for the social problems, said Hamadi Jebali, Prime Minister of Tunisia, during his speech at the DGAP on March 14th, 2012. Therefore, the West has to design a “Marshall Plan” to support his country in the creation of new jobs.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Tunisia
A creative economy as a motor for Indonesia’s economic strength
Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy on new economic paths
09/03/2012 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | Indonesia
What is the secret of Indonesia’s economic success? What role does the “creative economy” play? And how can Germany and Indonesia cooperate in this field? On the 60th anniversary of the opening of bilateral relations between Germany and Indonesia, Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu, discussed these and other issues at the DGAP in Berlin on March 9, 2012.
Category: Indonesia