Think-Tank Events

The Think Tank's experts organize numerous podium discussions, lectures, and conferences to foster professional exchange within the foreign policy community. Details on upcoming events can be found below, along with report from previous events. Additional (member's only) events take place within the framework of the DGAP Council and can be viewed here


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EU-Turkey Relations after the Coup
Brussels Briefing with Asli Aydintaşbaş, Andreas Nick, Patrick Paquet, and Günter Seufert
10/11/2016 | 14:00 - 16:00 Turkey, European Union
EU-Turkey Relations after the Coup
On November 9, the European Commission published its 2016 Progress Report on the status of the enlargement process with Turkey, including an assessment of the country’s process of political reform. The next day Patrick Paquet presented the report results at the DGAP and discussed with panelists the state of EU-Turkey relations in light of the developments after July’s attempted military coup in Turkey, the EU-Turkey Agreement on Refugees, and Turkey’s role as regional actor.
Category: European Union, Turkey
Ukraine’s Litmus Test:
The Reform of the Judiciary
10/11/2016 | 09:00 - 11:00 | DGAP | Ukraine, Reform
Category: Reform, Ukraine
First Reactions to the 2016 US Presidential Election
Where will a Trump presidency take America and transatlantic relations?
09/11/2016 | 11:00 - 12:30 | DGAP | United States of America, Elections
First Reactions to the 2016 US Presidential Election
US Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson and German Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt came to the DGAP the morning after the US elections to give their first impressions of the outcome. How did Trump triumph? How will he position himself on domestic and foreign policy agendas? How will President Trump differ from Candidate Trump? The speakers were joined by Daniela Schwarzer, the new director of the DGAP's Research Institute, and Josef Braml and Henning Riecke of the USA/ transatlantic relations program.
Category: Elections, United States of America
The Greek Debt Crisis and the Eurozone:
Lessons Learned for a Common Future?
08/11/2016 | 14:00 - 16:00 | DGAP
The Greek Debt Crisis and the Eurozone:
EU Enlargement for the Western Balkans Despite Brexit
2016 TRAIN Programme closes with a seminar in Brussels
06/11/2016 - 10/11/2016 | 09:24 - 18:24 | Brüssel
EU Enlargement for the Western Balkans Despite Brexit
The states of the Western Balkans still aim to join the EU as soon as possible – despite Brexit. A solid EU perspective for these states is the precondition for a sustainable democratization of the region. Think tank representatives from the region presented their research findings in Brussels November 6–10, 2016 in order to increase awareness of the reform processes underway in their respective countries.
Which President, Which America?
What the Election Campaign Reveals About the US Political System
01/11/2016 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | United States of America, Transatlantic Relations
Which President, Which America?
Jürgen Trittin, Daniela Schwarzer, James D. Bindenagel and Josef Braml offered their perspectives at a panel discussion hosted by DGAP and Inforadio (rbb).
Category: Elections
The French Vision for New Space
How to Defend European Leadership in Space?
20/10/2016 | 18:00 - 19:30 | DGAP | Space technology
Category: Space technology
Corruption in Russia
Ilya Yashin and Ilya Zaslavskiy present their reports on economic interdependence and loyalties
10/10/2016 | 12:00 - 13:30 | DGAP | Russia, Corruption
Corruption in Russia
The symbiotic relationship between power and state-dominated business is fundamental to Vladimir Putin’s Russia. While the loyalty of administrative elites to the regime is achieved in exchange for rent-seeking opportunities, many elites are also involved in criminal cases, corruption, and nepotism. This event presents two fresh reports on the topic.
Category: Elections, Russia
Poland and Germany in the Transatlantic Alliance
An exchange of perspectives
28/09/2016 | 09:30 - 11:00 | DGAP | Europe, Transatlantic Relations
Poland and Germany share an interest in a strong transatlantic security architecture. The deteriorating situation to NATO’s east has produced different opinions about how to deal with Russia, however. The recent elections in Poland have further complicated German-Polish relations. Considering the recent study “Transatlantic Relations After the Russia-Ukraine Conflict” by the Warsaw-based Institute of Public Affairs, guests sat down to discuss German-Polish relations in the transatlantic context.
Category: Transatlantic Relations, Bilateral Relations, NATO, Poland, Federal Republic of Germany
Capacity Building Workshop of the EU-Middle East Forum (EUMEF)
"Turkey and Egypt in 2025: Foreseeing Challenges and Opportunities” (Scenario Planning and Strategic Policy Analysis)
15/08/2016 - 18/08/2016 | 09:00 - 18:00 Near and Middle East/North Africa, Democratization/System Change
What will Egypt and Turkey look like in ten years? A capacity-building workshop held at the DGAP in Berlin focused on scenario planning and strategic policy analysis
Category: Democratization/System Change, Turkey, Egypt, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Visa Liberalization for Ukraine:
Risks and Opportunities
08/07/2016 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP
The EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy
Ready for Implementation?
07/07/2016 | 12:00 - 16:00 | DGAP | European Union
The EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy
Even as the UK’s “Brexit” referendum on EU membership dominated the headlines, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini stuck to her plan of presenting the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy at the European Council on June 28–29. On July 7, the DGAP welcomed Nathalie Tocci, Special Adviser to the EU High Representative, to present and discuss the strategy in an expert workshop with two panels.
Category: European Union
The Human Factor
A conference on demographic change and political economy in the Russian Federation
30/06/2016 - 01/07/2016 | 14:00 - 16:00 | DGAP | Russia
The Human Factor
Demographic decline will have a significant impact on Russia’s economy, society, and security situation in the mid and long term. Russian leaders are failing, however, to establish adequate policy responses in the areas of migration, the labor market, education, and health. An academic conference in Berlin with Jack Goldstone and other distinguished experts addressed the consequences of demographic change in Russia.
Category: Russia
Bridging Collective Defense and Crisis Management?
30/06/2016 | 11:30 - 13:00 | DGAP | Security
Category: NATO, Security
Crisis Reaction Lite?
Options for NATO’s Southern Flank
30/06/2016 | 09:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | Security
In a workshop at DGAP, a group of security policy experts discussed NATO’s challenges on its southern flank prior to the NATO summit in Warsaw.
Category: Security, NATO
The United States after the primaries
28/06/2016 | 09:00 - 11:00 | DGAP | United States of America
The primaries in the U.S. are about to enter their final stage. The republican nominee will be officially announced on July 18, 2016. Dr. Dieter Dettke spoke before the transatlantic roundtable and addressed the current developments in the United States after the primaries and how they could shape the country’s future.
Category: United States of America
The 2016 TRAIN Alumni Seminar
Alumni step into the EU Commission’s shoes for a change of perspective
26/06/2016 - 29/06/2016 | 09:00 - 18:00 Balkans, European Union
The 2016 TRAIN Alumni Seminar
What does the European Commission think about the Western Balkans? What are their expectations, and what challenges have to be faced? The TRAIN Programme’s 2016 Alumni Seminar enabled its participants to slip into the shoes of EU commissioners and gain a new perspective on the EU accession process.
Category: Enlargement Process, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
2016 TRAIN Programme’s Mid-Term Seminar in Berlin
Fostering policy dialogue on fundamental rights
26/06/2016 - 29/06/2016 | 09:00 - 17:00 Balkans, European Union
2016 TRAIN Programme’s Mid-Term Seminar in Berlin
How can fundamental rights be protected in EU candidate countries and in countries that are potential accession candidates? From June 21 to 25, TRAIN Programme participants addressed this question at the program’s midterm seminar in Berlin. The session provided the twelve think tank representatives from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia with the opportunity to discuss their draft policy papers and meet with relevant actors from the German policy scene.
Category: Enlargement Process, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
Brexit: What Next?
First Reactions to Britain’s EU Referendum
24/06/2016 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | United Kingdom, European Union
Brexit: What Next?
On the morning of June 24, experts met at the DGAP to ponder the triumph of the Brexiteers and discuss the referendum’s extraordinary impact on Europe, the UK, and the world: longtime MEP Elmar Brok; Sarah Raine of the International Institute for Strategic Studies; Nicolai Ondarza of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Philip Oltermann of the Guardian's Berlin bureau; and the DGAP's Jana Puglierin. Click below to hear an audio file of their discussion
Category: European Union, United Kingdom
Between Debt Burden and Refugee Crisis
How will Greece and the EU move forward?
23/06/2016 | 09:30 - 11:30 | DGAP | Greece, European Union
Between Debt Burden and Refugee Crisis
Greece has become the EU’s Achilles heel. While its shattering debt crisis is familiar to all, the fact that Greece for some time has been the EU point of entry for mounting numbers of refugees from the Middle East has gone largely unnoticed. Manuel Sarrazin, Nick Malkoutzis, and Yiannis Mouzakis discussed the country’s political and social situation in light of the debt crisis and its other economic and social problems. And they discussed the path toward fiscal and economic recovery.
Category: European Union, Greece
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