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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Media and Propaganda:
How to Respond to Russian Information Warfare?
25/11/2015 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP | Russia, Media/Information
Category: Media/Information, Russia
Keeping EU Enlargement on the Radar
Closing seminar in Brussels of 2015 TRAIN Programme
08/11/2015 - 12/11/2015 | 09:00 - 18:00 | Brussels | Balkans
Keeping EU Enlargement on the Radar
The current intense media focus on the Western Balkans is predominantly connected to the European refugee crisis, while the ongoing challenges of the EU integration process of the region’s candidate countries have been receiving much less attention. Nonetheless, a concrete EU perspective is the most important precondition for a sustainable stabilization of the Western Balkans. Think tank representatives from the region presented their research findings in Brussels from November 8–12, 2015.
Category: Balkans
Securitization in Russia –
Ideology, Security Doctrine, and Foreign Policy
06/10/2015 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Russia, Security
Category: Security, Russia
Securitization in Russia: Concept, Impact, and Prospects
06/10/2015 | 09:30 - 11:30 | DGAP
Deconstructing Islamist Terrorism in Egypt
Policy Workshop
01/10/2015 - 03/10/2015 | 09:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Egypt, Terrorism
Why has terrorism reemerged in Egypt? What are the aims of the most active militant groups? What is the nature of link to so-called Islamic State and Al Qaeda? How do Egyptian groups they finance their activities and how effective is the Egyptian state in countering this threat? Finally, how can the international community best support Egypt’s fight against terrorism? A 3-day policy workshop at the DGAP’s EU-Middle East Forum of the MENA program delved deeply into these questions.
Category: Terrorism, Egypt
EU-Central Asia Strategy:
Reality Check and Exploring the Way Ahead
30/09/2015 | 14:00 - 18:00
The EU and the Iran Nuclear Deal
Brussels Briefing with Susanne Riegraf, Rouzbeh Parsi, and Cornelius Adebahr
29/09/2015 | 11:00 - 13:00 | DGAP
The EU and the Iran Nuclear Deal
After a 12-year-standoff, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has opened a new chapter in the relations between Iran and the West. The European Union has played a decisive role in reaching a final agreement. Susanne Riegraf, Rouzbeh Parsi, and Cornelius Adebahr discussed the challenges on the way toward full implementation, the EU’s role within this process, the potential for future cooperation between Iran and the West, and the nuclear deal’s implications for stability in the Gulf region.
Ukraine: What Model to Implement?
What is the current state of reforms and what drives and hinders progress?
22/09/2015 | 18:00 - 19:30 | DGAP | Ukraine
Ukraine: What Model to Implement?
Nearly two years after the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Ukraine is in an extremely fragile period of transition. While the country remains mired in a conflict with Russia and the separatists in the Donbas region, a fundamental reform process has started in Kiev. Ukrainian elites have the clear goal of EU integration, but the route to a prosperous and democratic country is strewn with obstacles.
Category: Ukraine
Geopolitical Power Shifts in the Middle East
Panel Discussion
18/09/2015 | 10:00 - 12:30 | DGAP
Geopolitical Power Shifts in the Middle East
How will major geopolitical developments shape the face of the new Middle East? What are their implications for democracy and sustainable stability in the region? What role do regional powers such as Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia play? And what does it mean for German/European foreign policy in the region? These were some of the questions discussed in an expert panel discussion organized by the DGAP’s Middle East and North Africa program in cooperation with FRIDE.
US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
Cooperation Amidst Tensions
11/09/2015 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Arctic
Category: Arctic
Russian networks
How do Russian networks function and how do they influence the relationship between Russia and its neighbors?
09/07/2015 | 13:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | Russia, Media/Information
The Russian political and economic system is shaped by informal rules and personal ties and driven by corruption as an integral part of the system rather than an exception. What kind of strategies have Russian elites developed to export these rules to the European Union and how do they influence politics in former post-Soviet countries like Ukraine? Is Russia successful in influencing Western policies and public opinion through informal networks and the media?
Category: Media/Information, Russia
Europe’s Energy Security and Russian Gas Supplies
Prospects for Building an Energy Union and the Sanctions against Russia Dominate Discussions about the EU’s Energy Security
07/07/2015 | 13:00 - 17:00 | DGAP | Russia, Resources and Energy
Europe’s Energy Security and Russian Gas Supplies
While political and public concerns about the reliability of Russian gas supplies have been driving the debate about the EU’s energy security for several years, the conflict in Ukraine and the European Commission’s proposal to establish an energy union have furthered it significantly. In order to discuss the latest developments, the DGAP and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom invited a panel of experts to assess the EU’s current energy security prospects.
Category: Resources and Energy, Russia
Debating the Future of Public Administration in the Western Balkans
Policy makers and analysts from the region develop future scenarios
29/06/2015 - 30/06/2015 | 09:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Balkans, Reform
Debating the Future of Public Administration in the Western Balkans
Public administration constitutes a vast area for reform in the countries of the Western Balkans. Political leaders have committed themselves to creating a professional, depoliticized, transparent, and service-oriented public sector – a requirement that also ranks highly on the EU’s priority list for future member states. But will reform efforts succeed in the long run? And what might public administration in the Western Balkans look like in ten years?
Category: Reform, Balkans
The 2015 TRAIN-Programme’s Midterm Seminar in Berlin
Research, presentations, and discussion
23/06/2015 - 27/06/2015 | 09:00 - 18:00 | Berlin
The 2015 TRAIN-Programme’s Midterm Seminar in Berlin
How can democratic institutions be strengthened in the Western Balkans? Participants of the 2015 TRAIN-Programme are working hard on answering this question. Following the successful opening seminar in Belgrade earlier this year, representatives from think tanks in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia gathered in Berlin July 23-27 to present and discuss the progress of their research projects.
The Engagement of Arab Gulf States in Egypt and Tunisia: Rationale and Implications
Expert Conference
26/05/2015 | 09:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Near and Middle East/North Africa, International Policy/Relations
Since the upheavals in the MENA region in 2011, the wealthier Gulf states have undertaken significant efforts to influence regional politics in their interest through economic and political means. What interests are the Gulf states pursuing in Egypt and Tunisia? What shapes their foreign policy? By what means and in which sectors are they engaging in Egypt and Tunisia? What are the future prospects?
Category: International Policy/Relations, Near and Middle East/North Africa
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

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