The former director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, is leaving the organization as of today.
The step is being taken by best mutual agreement, both sides announced jointly. The background, they said, was a difference of opinion on the future strategic direction of DGAP.
“We are very grateful to Ms. Clüver Ashbrook for her strong commitment to DGAP. She has set important strategic priorities here that will have a positive impact beyond the time of her tenure,” said DGAP President Dr. Thomas Enders. In particular, he said, Clüver Ashbrook raised DGAP’s public profile around Germany’s recent federal elections, a pivotal political moment for the country.
Clüver Ashbrook thanked DGAP for its collaboration and said, “I wish the organization and my colleagues all the best for the future – and look forward to my future tasks. In view of the many foreign policy challenges that lie ahead for Germany, I will continue to stay in touch with the experts at DGAP.”
Clüver Ashbrook took over as head of DGAP last year. Prior to that, she had spent more than a decade at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), where she was executive director of two major research programs: the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.