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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The EU as Mediator in its Southern Neighborhood
Report on Brussels Briefing with Franziska Brantner, Pol Morillas, and Dina Fakoussa
11/05/2015 | 10:00 - 12:00 | DGAP | Neighbourhood Policy
The EU as Mediator in its Southern Neighborhood
The spirit of reform of the popular uprisings in the Arab Spring countries has largely given way to increasing polarization and fragmentation. In seeking an adequate response to these developments, the European Union has intensified its diplomatic efforts in the region and has positioned itself as a mediator, fostering national dialogues among rival political forces and an inclusive process of compromise. However, the EU’s performance as an “honest broker” has to be questioned in the light of impartiality, credibility, and effectiveness.
Category: Neighbourhood Policy, European Union
Riga and Beyond
What Future for the Eastern Partnership?
05/05/2015 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
The Ukraine crisis has demonstrated the shortcomings of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) as a tool to modernize the countries in the EU’s eastern neighborhood and bring them closer to the EU. In the run-up to the Riga Summit in May 2015, the event presented the main findings of a recent conference that analyzed how this situation came about and the best ways of reframing the EaP. Leading EU and EaP politicians discussed the future of EU’s Eastern neighborhood policy.
2015 TRAIN Programme Kicks Off with a Seminar in Belgrade
The focus is strengthening democratic institutions
19/04/2015 - 22/04/2015 | 09:00 - 18:00 | Belgrad | Balkans
2015 TRAIN Programme Kicks Off with a Seminar in Belgrade
Strengthening democratic institutions in the EU accession process is the focus of this year’s TRAIN programme. The 12 participating think tank representatives from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia met for the first time from April 19–22, 2015 to discuss their research projects and jointly develop strategies for effective participation in the national and European policy dialogue.
Category: Balkans
New Enemies, New Alliances?
The impact and potential of the international coalition against ISIS
14/04/2015 | 09:00 - 16:00 | DGAP | Security
 New Enemies, New Alliances?
What impact will the US-led coalition against ISIS have on the Middle East? The interests of the coalition participants are sometimes at odds. Who is taking part and why? Do they share other goals apart from fighting ISIS? Could this become a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran? Should NATO be involved? These were some of the questions addressed during a day-long workshop organized by the DGAP’s Transatlantic Relations program.
Category: Security
Reorienting Germany’s Policy toward Russia
A discussion at the DGAP of new approaches for policy, business, civil society, with the Ukraine crisis in the background
19/03/2015 | 18:00 - 20:00 | DGAP | Germany, Bilateral Relations
Reorienting Germany’s Policy toward Russia
The crisis in Ukraine requires a thorough discussion of new approaches for Germany’s policy approach toward Russia and Eastern Europe. A number of factors are altering Germany’s scope of action, from the manner in which Russia has weakened European order, to the growing alienation between Russia and the West, and the fundamental loss of trust on both sides. The DGAP’s newly expanded Bosch Center continued its ongoing series of talks on this complex subject.
Category: Bilateral Relations, Germany
Terrorist Groups as Entrepreneurs
DGAP hosts discussion about the illegal networks of violent extremists
25/02/2015 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Organized Crime
Terrorist Groups as Entrepreneurs
A podium discussion at the DGAP put the spotlight on the unholy alliance of terrorism, organized crime, and corruption. How can financing and recruiting be stopped? The American expert on terrorism Louise I. Shelley and German criminal law expert Ulrich Sieber examined various economic and legal aspects of the fight against terrorism. With audio and video file (in English and German).
Category: Organized Crime
Energy Security in Europe
The Ukraine Crisis and the Future of EU-Russia Energy Relations
25/02/2015 | 10:30 - 12:00 | DGAP | Russia, Resources and Energy
Category: Resources and Energy, Security, Russia, Ukraine, Europe
More Engagement for the Digital Agenda
Günther H. Oettinger speaks to the DGAP Study Group on EU Policy
26/01/2015 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | European Union
More Engagement for the Digital Agenda
Europe’s Internet and communications industry is lagging behind that of the US and Asia. A strong single digital market must make Europe and its companies more competitive – in all sectors of industry. To this end, Günther H. Oettinger has proposed a "Digital Union" for Europe. The EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society spoke about future projects in a confidential session of the German Council on Foreign Relation’s study group on EU policy.
Category: European Union
A Reset for the EU's Eastern Partnership
11/12/2014 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP
Fostering the Western Balkans’ EU Integration: Business as Usual or a New Approach?
10/12/2014 | 17:00 - 19:00 | Robert Bosch Stiftung
Thinking ahead
Researchers from the Western Balkans develop scenarios for a policy dialogue between governments and civil society
07/12/2014 - 10/12/2014 | 09:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Balkans
Thinking ahead
The TRAIN project (Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) has supported independent policy research institutes from the Western Balkans since 2010. In mid-December alumni of the program gathered in Berlin to analyze long-term developments in the relations between their governments and civil society, applying the method of strategic foresight.
Category: Balkans
Canada as an Arctic Player
Implications for Europe and the Transatlantic Community
26/11/2014 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Arctic, International Policy/Relations
Canada as an Arctic Player
As one of the five littoral states, Canada has a vital national interest in the Arctic region. Canada considers the region to be not only relevant for the country’s domestic policy but also for its international policy. The DGAP’s Discussion Group on Transatlantic Relations met to consider how closer transatlantic cooperation can help encourage economic and sustainable development and security throughout the Arctic.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Arctic
Romania 25 Years after the Revolution
The Current State of Political and Social Transformation (in German and Romanian)
18/11/2014 | 09:00 - 13:00 | DGAP
The End of a Strategic Partnership?
Geopolitics after the Ukraine Crisis
13/11/2014 | 17:00 - 19:00 | DGAP | Ukraine, European Union
Category: European Union, Ukraine
Toward Eurasian Security:
Europe and Central Asia’s Post-Afghanistan Strategy
12/11/2014 | 14:00 - 19:00
Germany, France, and Europe 25 Years after the Wall
Former French foreign minister Hubert Védrine addresses the Franco-German Dialogue for the Future
06/11/2014 | 08:30 - 10:00 | Französische Botschaft
Germany, France, and Europe 25 Years after the Wall
At the French embassy in Berlin, Hubert Védrine discussed developments in the Franco-German relationship since the Fall of the Wall. The oft-voiced criticism that Germany has become too politically and economically powerful is neither logical nor appropriate, he said. But the metaphor of the “Franco-German couple” is no longer current, for the partnership has expanded to encompass a great many other European participants.
Ukraine after the Parliamentary Elections
Opportunities for Political Stabilization
05/11/2014 | 13:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | Ukraine
Category: Ukraine
Reform Policy in Ukraine between Security Crisis and EU Rapprochement
05/11/2014 | 10:00 - 12:00 | DGAP | Ukraine, Democratization/System Change
Category: Democratization/System Change, Ukraine
Ongoing Dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans
Think Tank representatives from the Western Balkans present their policy research in Brussels
02/11/2014 - 06/11/2014 | 09:00 - 18:00 | Brüssel | South-East Europe, Enlargement Process
Ongoing Dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans
The topic “rule of law” and its relevance for the EU integration of the Western Balkans were the focus of this year’s TRAIN Programme. During their four-day visit to Brussels, policy analysts from all the region’s countries had the opportunity to discuss the results of their policy research with representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Secretariat of the Council of EU, and Brussels-based think tanks, among others.
Category: Enlargement Process, South-East Europe
More Harm than Good?
The Effectiveness of the EU’s Sanctions Policy
14/10/2014 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP
More Harm than Good?
Sanctions have become an increasingly important part of the EU’s foreign and security policy toolbox and have most recently been applied in the ongoing conflict with Russia over the future of Ukraine. However, the effectiveness of the EU’s sanctions policy has been questioned, as sanctions often fail to bring about the desired policy or behavioral change. At the DGAP, Kees Smit Sibinga, Karl-Georg Wellmann, and Francesco Giumelli discussed the impact and effectiveness of the EU’s sanctions policy.

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