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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Portugal: National Recovery and Lessons for the Eurozone
15/03/2017 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Portugal, Fiscal Policy
Category: European Union, Portugal
Audio File: Moldova, the EU and the Struggle for Reforms
How Should the Eastern Partnership be Adjusted
07/03/2017 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Representation of the European Commission | Moldova, Reform
Audio File: Moldova, the EU and the Struggle for Reforms
Moldova, the former frontrunner of European rapprochement, has become a main concern. Vested interests and deep-rooted corruption are the main obstacle to substantial reforms in the country’s political, social and economic spheres. The new president, Igor Dodon, even questions the effectiveness of the Association Agreement with the EU signed in 2016. He openly argues for the alternative: joining the Russia-sponsored Eurasian Union.
Category: Reform, Moldova
The World in 100 Years
Consequences for Russia and Europe
07/03/2017 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP
Dangerous Ties:
How to Fight the New Networks of Terror and Crime
06/03/2017 | 09:15 - 17:30 | DGAP
Dangerous Ties:
What is the nature of the nexus that exists between crime and terrorism? This question was at the core of a one-day conference at the DGAP that took place on March 6, 2017. The speakers agreed on one point in particular: The concept of radicalization needs to be rethought. These days, a criminal career as often as not provides an entry into the world of terror.
The Military Balance 2017:
Qualities and Quantities in Global Defence
02/03/2017 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
The Trump Administration, Europe, and the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
Audio file of Alexander Vershbow in discussion with Olaf Böhnke, Stefan Meister, and Daniela Schwarzer
20/02/2017 | 12:30 - 14:00 Russia, Security
The Trump Administration, Europe, and the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
US presidents have often sought but failed to “reset” relations with Russia. While Russia has never been easy to engage, it has still been possible to find areas of common interest to improve security on both sides – the Iran deal and the cooperation in Afghanistan, for example. This audio recording of a DGAP event presents former US ambassador Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow discussing security issues with Olaf Böhnke of Rasmussen Global and the DGAP’s Stefan Meister and Daniela Schwarzer, followed by an audio interview in our podcast series Perspectives.
Category: Security, International Policy/Relations, Russia, United States of America
Unstable Libya: Options for the EU
Brussels Briefing with Lorenzo Kluzer, Roderich Kiesewetter, and Wolfram Lacher
15/02/2017 | 14:00 - 16:00 Libya, European Union
Unstable Libya: Options for the EU
At their Malta summit in early February, EU heads of state and government adopted a 10-point plan – the Malta Declaration – to address the Central Mediterranean refugee route. They agreed to intensify cooperation with the Libyan authorities, even as domestic struggles for power continue to rack the North African country. A panel of experts discussed possible options for the EU to help establish stability in Libya and the wider region.
Audio File: Russian Economic Influence in Central and Eastern Europe
The DGAP hosts the presentation of the report “The Kremlin Playbook”
26/01/2017 | 12:30 - 14:00
Audio File: Russian Economic Influence in Central and Eastern Europe
When the Central and Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004 and 2007, it was assumed that they would continue their democratic and economic transformation. Today, the region is experiencing a decline in democratic standards and governance practices at the same time as Russia’s economic grip on the region seems to have strengthened. This event presents the findings of the “The Kremlin Playbook:Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe," a study recently published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in cooperation with the Sofia-based Center for the Study of Democracy.
New Policy for Western Russia and Eastern Europe
Series of workshops explores the nature of the West's relations with Russia
05/12/2016 | 09:00 - 18:00
New Policy for Western Russia and Eastern Europe
The question of how to build a new modus vivendi with Russia and Eastern Europe is more relevant than ever. Western experts and policy makers met with their Eastern European and Russian counterparts at the beginning of December in Berlin and in Moscow to discuss a way forward at a time of strained relations. The workshops are part of an ongoing joint initiative of the DGAP's Robert Bosch Center and the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School.
Rome Med 2016: Mediterranean Dialogues
Beyond Turmoil: A Positive Agenda
01/12/2016 - 03/12/2016 | 09:00 - 18:00 Near and Middle East/North Africa, Democratization/System Change
ROME MED: MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES is an annual high-level initiative organized by the Italian foreign ministry and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. In 2016, the DGAP’s Middle East and North Africa Program, together with Chatham House, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the French Institute of International Relations, the European University Institute, and Bruegel served as the six partners of ISPI to realize different policy forums during the MED conference.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Workshop: What Does the Future Hold for Morocco and Tunisia?
Socioeconomic Challenges and Opportunities
20/11/2016 - 23/11/2016 | 09:00 - 18:00 Near and Middle East/North Africa, Democratization/System Change
Workshop: What Does the Future Hold for Morocco and Tunisia?
This November the DGAP’s EU-Middle East Forum invited 18 North African and European mid-level professionals from the fields of academia, civil society, economics, politics, and media to analyze potential socioeconomic developments in Morocco and Tunisia by using the methodology of strategic foresight.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Tunisia, Morocco, Near and Middle East/North Africa
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
Podcast: 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
Podcast: 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
Security Challenges in the Arctic and their Implications for NATO
Gesprächskreis Transatlantische Beziehungen: Sicherheitspolitische Konsequenzen des Wandels in der Arktis
27/10/2016 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | Arctic, NATO
The impact of climate change on the Arctic as well as the strained relations between Russia and NATO make a reevaluation of Arctic security necessary. The participants of the Transatlantic Roundtable discussed how the Alliance could and should respond to developments in the region.
Category: NATO, Transatlantic Relations, Arctic, Russia
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
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