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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Contemporary Maritime Security Threats:
The Role of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command
22/05/2017 | 18:00 - 19:30 | DGAP
Charting Choppy Seas
The World Economy and the Future of Growth and Trade
18/05/2017 | 10:15 - 17:00 | DGAP
Charting Choppy Seas
A joint symposium held by the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) and the DGAP examined how Japan and the EU can face common challenges
European Integration in the Age of Populism, Disintegration and Migration
Italian and German Perspectives
17/05/2017 | 09:00 - 14:45 | DGAP | Europe, European Union
Category: European Union, Europe
The EU and Iran: The Nuclear Deal and Beyond
16/05/2017 | 14:00 - 15:30 | DGAP
Closed-door Brainstorming on Hungary
28/04/2017 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP
On April 28, 2017, the DGAP’s Robert Bosch Center held a closed-door brainstorming session to address the current situation in Hungary and what it means for the European Union. Participants gave particular attention to the series of controversial laws on higher education and NGOs passed in early April as well as the government-run campaign called “Let’s stop Brussels!” which involved sending a questionnaire that contained false and hostile claims about the EU to millions of Hungarian citizens.
2017 TRAIN Programme Kicks Off in Belgrade
A focus on corruption and informal practices in the Western Balkans
23/04/2017 - 27/04/2017 | 09:00 - 18:00 | Belgrad | Balkans, Corruption
2017 TRAIN Programme Kicks Off in Belgrade
This year’s TRAIN Programme launched with a seminar in Belgrade, April 23–27. The year's main focus is on corruption and informal practices. Twelve young scientists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Serbia met for the first time to discuss their research projects and to learn about effective policy advocacy.
Category: Corruption, Political Culture, Balkans
Discussion Group on Poland
Examining Polish EU Policy in Times of Readjustment
05/04/2017 | 13:00 - 15:00 | DGAP
Discussion Group on Poland
The DGAP’s Discussion Group on Poland convened on April 5, 2017 to examine the pressing topics of Poland’s policy toward the EU, various views on “multi-speed Europe,” and Poland’s bilateral relations with Germany. The meeting took place under the Chatham House Rule.
Banking Sector Reform in Ukraine
29/03/2017 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | Ukraine, Reform
Banking Sector Reform in Ukraine
Valeria Gontareva, governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, spoke on March 29 at the DGAP about the current progress of reform in the Ukrainian banking sector and the challenges ahead.
Category: Reform, Ukraine
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
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
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