What the Young DGAP offers

The Young DGAP has created a number of formats geared particularly toward young professionals and students. The main focus is on encouraging exchange with distinguished experts who have a background in politics, business, and media. In keeping with the Young DGAP’s motto “from members for members,” the events are planned, organized, and chaired by the members themselves. All events aim to foster discussion and an exchange of ideas. Events are exclusively for members only.

  • Exclusive “Privatissima” feature prominent guests whose expertise forms the focus of the discussion. Previous participants have included, among others, Gerhard Schröder, Josef Ackermann, Wolfgang Schäuble, Peer Steinbrück, and Norbert Lammert.
  • The “Off the Record” format allows top politicians and journalists to provide insight into the process of political decision making and to share their views. Previous speakers here have included Steffen Seibert, Gregor Gysi, Ulrich Deppendorf, Jakob Augstein, and Armin Laschet.
  • “Ambassador’s Briefings” provide a platform for discussing current political developments and key foreign policy issues with foreign diplomats. Hosts have already been the ambassadors of the United States, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, and the People’s Republic of China.
  • The series “Foreign Policy at the Movies” presents films that look back critically on historical events and incidents of foreign policy interest.
  • Group excursions are organized to visit institutions relevant to foreign and security policy.
  • Themed “Stammtisch” meetings and after-work discussions address current key issues and stimulate an exchange of ideas.

You can find future events as well reports on past events in the “Termine” section (in German only).

The Mentoring Program

The DGAP is the network for foreign policy. The Young DGAP’s main goal is to bring together experienced members with dedicated younger members as part of an intergenerational dialogue. The mentoring program achieves this in an exceptional way.

Personal and regular exchange is at the center of the mentoring process. The program lasts for one year. The mentoring program’s main objectives are for participants to learn from each other, obtain new inspiration and suggestions, benefit from experience, and have the opportunity to seek and give advice.

Within the Young DGAP, the policy makers of tomorrow meet the decision makers of today, innovative formats meet venerable tradition, and proven approaches meet fresh thinking.

The next call for applications for the mentoring program will be announced on this page.

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