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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“Europe—Yes!, but…”: European Union is more united than often asserted
Panel discussion with leading European experts: Thierry de Montbrial, Robin Niblett and Eberhard Sandschneider
18/03/2014 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Robert Bosch Stiftung | European Union
“Europe—Yes!, but…”: European Union is more united than often asserted
For several years Europe has been muddling through the crisis. There are many "headaches" for the EU and the number is growing. The outlook for the European elections forecasts the rise of far-right parties. The possible British vote to leave the EU raises new questions: what if the EU shrinks for the first time in its history? At the joint event hostedby the DGAP and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the heads of European think tanks discussed consensus and dissent regarding the EU.
Category: European Union
Engaging with Difficult Partners: The EU’s Iran Approach
Brussels Briefing with Marietje Schaake, Bernd Erbel, and Cornelius Adebahr
20/02/2014 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | Iran, International Policy/Relations
Engaging with Difficult Partners: The EU’s Iran Approach
After years of sanctions and deadlocked talks, the January 2014 launch of an interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the E3/EU+3 promises to improve relations. But a deal that would satisfy the international community’s concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and at the same time allow the country to shed its pariah status is by no means guaranteed. At the DGAP, Marietje Schaake, Bernd Erbel, and Cornelius Adebahr discussed the EU’s Iran approach and the prospect of reaching long-term agreement.
Category: European Union, International Policy/Relations, Iran
Russian Foreign Policy under Putin
07/02/2014 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Russia
Category: Russia
Diverse Germany – The 9th Diplomatenkolleg explores Germany’s regions and political culture
01/02/2014 - 28/02/2014 | 09:00 - 18:00
European Energy Security and the Southern Caucasus
International conference discusses the geopolitical environment of the Southern Gas Corridor
30/01/2014 | 14:40 - 17:00 | DGAP | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Resources and Energy
European Energy Security and the Southern Caucasus
The Southern Gas Corridor transporting Caspian natural gas to Europe is beginning to take shape. Final investment decisions were made by the operating consortium in 2013. But in what geopolitical context does the project find itself? What is Azerbaijan hoping for as natural gas provider to European customers? And what role does the EU play in developing the gas corridor? These and other questions were the focus of an international conference at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Category: European Union, Security, Climate & Energy Policy, Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Russia, Turkey, Iran
Why Germany should promote Human Rights in China - and How
Audio file of Andrew J. Nathan's talk at the DGAP (in English)
03/12/2013 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | German Foreign Policy
Why Germany should promote Human Rights in China - and How
In his recent talk at the DGAP, renowned China expert and political scientist Andrew J. Nathan made the case that the German government has a very strong interest in promoting human rights in China, even if it sets aside its “moral” concerns and so-called “Western” values. Nathan’s talk at the DGAP – and the lively debate with audience members that followed – was part of the think tank’s ongoing series addressing the respective role of values and interests in driving German foreign policy.
Category: German Foreign Policy
„Energie, Geopolitik, Klimaschutz — Wie soll es weiter gehen?“
Diskussionsforum im Rahmen des Shell Energie-Dialogs
20/11/2013 | 18:00 - 20:00 Climate & Energy Policy
Category: Non-Renewables, Climate and Environment, Climate Change
Trialogue Germany-Russia-Poland – Energy Security in the National Context
17/11/2013 - 19/11/2013 | 09:00 - 18:00
Critical Voices Not Welcome?
New Faces Conference meets in Rabat, Morocco to address media, politics, and freedom of expression in North Africa
15/11/2013 - 17/11/2013 | 09:00 - 18:00 | Rabat | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Media/Information
Critical Voices Not Welcome?
Twenty young researchers, media practitioners, policy makers, and civil society representatives from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, and Europe gathered for the 19th New Faces conference in Rabat on November 15–17 to discuss current developments in the areas of media and freedom of expression. Four plenary sessions featured experts such as historian Maâti Monjib (Mohammed V University, Rabat) and the journalist and media expert Fatima el-Issawi (LSE).
Category: Media/Information, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Great Hopes, Dampened Expectations: the EU before the CSDP Summit
Brussels Briefing with Daniel Keohane, Conrad Häßler, and Henning Riecke
06/11/2013 | 13:00 - 15:00 | DGAP | Europe, European Union
Great Hopes, Dampened Expectations: the EU before the CSDP Summit
At the European Council in December 2013, the heads of state and government will take stock of their ambitions to develop a joint approach to security and defense issues for the first time in five years. At the DGAP, Daniel Keohane, Conrad Häßler, and Henning Riecke discussed the proposals that have been put forward so far by the EU and its member states as well as the potential impact of the summit on the EU’s common and security policy (CSDP).
Category: European Union, CFSP/CSDP, Europe
Clashing Ambitions over the Future of Syria?
The views from Ankara and Moscow
05/11/2013 | 16:00 - 18:00 | DGAP
Belarus on the road to the WTO: Challenges and Prospects
29/10/2013 | 09:30 - 01:00 | DGAP | Belarus
Category: Belarus
The European External Action Service: Still a Work in Progress
Two years after its launch, Gerhard Sabathil of the EEAS and Rosa Balfour of the European Policy Centre take stock
17/10/2013 | 17:00 - 19:00 | DGAP | Europe, CFSP/CSDP
The European External Action Service: Still a Work in Progress
A central innovation of the Lisbon Treaty was the establishment of a European External Action Service (EEAS), designed to help the high representative develop a coherent and common foreign and security policy for the EU. In July 2013 High Representative Catherine Ashton presented the first review of the service. At the DGAP, Gerhard Sabathil of EEAS and Rosa Balfour of the European Policy Centre presented the review’s main points and discussed the service’s future challenges and opportunities.
Category: European Union, Institutions of the EU, CFSP/CSDP, Europe
Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East
Dmitri Trenin visits the DGAP to discuss Moscow’s Syria policy and the Kremlin’s regional and international ambitions
14/10/2013 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Syria, Internal Conflicts
Russia’s Agenda in the Middle East
In terms of security policy, the Syria question is making it possible for Russia to exit the sidelines it has occupied over the past few years. But to win back its influence and status as a power it needs allies. “Russians and Europeans have common interests in the Middle East,” says Trenin. “The conflicts surrounding Syria and Iran are bringing us together.” The director of the Carnegie Moscow Center discussed the meaning for Russia of the Syria conflict with Ewald Böhlke and invited guests.
Category: Internal Conflicts, Security, Syria, Russia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Transatlantic Trends 2013
18/09/2013 | 12:00 - 14:00 | DGAP | Transatlantic Relations
Category: Transatlantic Relations
Central European Perspectives
Kick-off meeting and seminar
12/09/2013 - 13/09/2013 | 10:00 - 18:00 | DGAP
Transatlantic Relations: Greater Challenges, Smaller Means
Representatives from US-based think tanks join a discussion at the DGAP
11/09/2013 | 12:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | United States of America, Transatlantic Relations
Transatlantic Relations: Greater Challenges, Smaller Means
Relations between Europe and the US developed over decades and are by no means losing their relevance. However, changing geostrategic conditions mean that new efforts are needed to keep the cooperation as deep as it has been in the past. What challenges do the partners face? What roles await Europe and America in the future? Representatives of US-based think tanks came together with German counterparts and the DGAP’s Transatlantic Relations Discussion Group to address these questions.
Category: Transatlantic Relations, Security, NATO, United States of America, Europe
North Africa’s Difficult Transition
Arab and European experts discuss current political developments in the region as part of the DGAP summer school
19/08/2013 - 29/08/2013 | 09:00 - 17:00 | DGAP | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Democratization/System Change
 North Africa’s Difficult Transition
Some 50 participants and speakers from over ten countries will meet in Berlin as part of the DGAP’s EU-Middle East Forum. During the two-week program, they will examine the political restructurings underway in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, discuss the constitution-drafting process and the potential of social participation, and debate the political role of the military and of Islam. They will also explore what these upheavals mean for the rest of the region and how external actors should respond.
Category: Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Why Think Tanks Need to Do More than Write
Reform processes in the Western Balkans, and ways to take an active part in shaping them, were central themes of a conference that gathered 30 policy researchers from the region
27/06/2013 - 30/06/2013 | 09:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Balkans
Why Think Tanks Need to Do More than Write
Category: Balkans
Exploring the historical roots of German federalism and the intricacies of the legislative process
Third and fourth programme events of the 5th International Diplomats Programme
20/06/2013 - 21/06/2013 | 08:30 - 20:30
Exploring the historical roots of German federalism and the intricacies of the legislative process
“History is still very present in Berlin – you can see and feel it at every corner”, one of the participants of the 5th International Diplomats Programme remarked after the third programme event, a full day of visits to different political institutions and discussions with their representatives, had been concluded.

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