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Divided Society
Hungary is deeply polarized, while the EU criticizes. Is democracy at risk?
12/03/2012 | 13:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | Hungary
Divided Society
Since the conservative Fidesz alliance received a two-thirds majority in the Hungarian parliamentary elections of 2010, Hungary has regularly attracted negative headlines. Is Hungarian democracy at risk? On March 12, this question was addressed by Prof. Dr. Ellen Bos, political scientist at the Andrássy University in Budapest, Gergely Prőhle, deputy state secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and historian Dr. Krisztián Ungváry during a panel discussion at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Category: Hungary
Political Will is Crucial
Georgia has shown success in reforming its administration and economy – and aspires to join the EU
01/03/2012 - 04/03/2012 | 09:00 - 17:00 Georgia
Political Will is Crucial
Much has happened since the 2003 Rose Revolution: Georgia has implemented administrative reforms, stimulated its economy, and taken up the fight against corruption. The Georgian government’s stated goal is integration with the EU, and negotiations on an association agreement are underway. But there are still unresolved issues such as the conflicts in the provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Category: Georgia
Germany as Viewed by the Other Member States
Workshop on Germany’s European Policy within the framework of the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN)
16/02/2012 - 17/02/2012 | 10:00 - 18:00 | SWP | European Union
Germany as Viewed by the Other Member States
20 EU analysts from the EPIN met in Berlin to discuss the way Germany’s European Policy is perceived in their respective countries. Together with experts from the DGAP and SWP, they reflected on Germany’s handling of the euro crisis, the German view on the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy, energy policy, and EU institutional questions.
Category: European Union
The need for reorientation
The discussion group Transatlantic Relations/USA on EU’s and US’ politics towards Russia
07/02/2012 | 12:30 - 14:30 | DGAP | Russia, Transatlantic Relations
Whether the missile defence system or the situation in Georgia and Syria: In several cases the West is dependent on cooperation with Russia. An essential condition for this is an improved transatlantic cooperation between Europe and the US, beyond NATO. This is the conclusion of Heather A. Conley, Karsten D. Voigt, Almut Möller und Stefan Meister. A free trade agreement between Europe and the United States could strengthen this partnership and generate up to four million jobs.
Category: Transatlantic Relations, Russia, Europe
Israel in a new security environment
Speech by David Harris at the discussion group Transatlantic Relations
06/02/2012 | 18:00 - 20:00 | DGAP | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Security
Iran’s nuclear program is not just a threat to Israel. Teheran’s claim to a great power status are of a global scope. This was the conclusion of the discussion group. Guest speaker was David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Beyond that the upheavals in North Africa made an adjustment of Israel’s security strategy necessary.
Category: Security, Near and Middle East/North Africa, Israel, Iran, Mediterranean Sea/Mediterranean area
The Eastern Partnership as a Priority
A Task Force presents its recommendations for German foreign policy
06/02/2012 | 14:00 - 15:30 | DGAP | Eastern Partnership
The Eastern Partnership as a Priority
In a seven-point comprehensive position paper, eight high-level political figures called for stronger German engagement in Eastern Europe and the Caucuses. “The Eastern Partnership is of central importance” for German and EU foreign policy. The German government should appoint a special representative to bring forward the German position. On February 6, the task force met at the DGAP to present their report, which is now available as a DGAPstandpunkt.
Category: Eastern Partnership
A Mental Revolution is Needed!
The 15th New Faces Conference on “Transitions in Egypt and Tunisia through the Prism of Gender Equality”
02/02/2012 - 05/02/2012 | 19:00 | Kairo | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Democratization/System Change
A Mental Revolution is Needed!
One year after the toppling of presidents Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, developments regarding gender equality in Tunisia and Egypt are sobering. In Egypt, only two percent of the recently elected members of parliament are female and even liberal, secular parties lacked many female candidates. Ongoing developments, especially the strengthening of Islamist parties, suggest that things will probably get worse before getting better.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Near and Middle East/North Africa
“We will not abandon Afghanistan”
Michael Steiner, special representative of the German government, on the next steps of international engagement
19/01/2012 | 18:00 - 19:30 | DGAP | Afghanistan, Security
“We will not abandon Afghanistan”
International politicians do not have much time to make progress on Afghanistan before the US presidential elections. Michael Steiner came to the DGAP to discuss the prospects for upcoming negotiations that will deal with the withdraw of troops and lasting stability in the country. Building up the Afghan security forces and talks with the Taliban are among the central challenges faced by the country.
Category: Security, Afghanistan
The Limitations of the Russian Revolution
Young elites from East and West discuss the “Russian Spring” during the 24th “Laboratory of the Future”
19/01/2012 - 20/01/2012 | 14:30 - 20:00 | Körber Stiftung | Russia, Democratization/System Change
The Limitations of the Russian Revolution
The young middle class that is protesting against Putin knows the Soviet Union only from history books and takes a liberal stance toward Europe. Nevertheless, the idea of Russia following its own path is opposed to an orientation toward the West. How is the history of Russia evaluated in Eastern and Western Europe? Does Russia’s future lie in Europe or in the Eurasian Union? Young experts from Russia and Central and Eastern Europe tackled these questions during the St. Petersburg Dialogue.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Russia
Spring of the 15 Percent
Opposition politician Ilja Ponomarev and journalist Natalja Cherkessova on the future of the Russian protest movement
19/01/2012 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | Russia
Spring of the 15 Percent
Putin and Medvedev’s decision to switch positions has been accepted by the Russian middle class – but massive fraud during the Duma elections in December was the last straw. Thousands took to the streets, with almost 100,000 gathering in Moscow’s Sakharov Center. Is Russia experiencing its own “Arab Spring,” or are the protests ebbing away to a Russian winter? Ponomarev and Cherkessova do not expect a radical upheaval, but they do foresee the gradual development of an active civil society.
Category: Russia
Pakistan and the West
Towards Convergence or Conflict?
22/11/2011 | 13:00 - 14:30 | DGAP | Pakistan, Security
Pakistan and the West
The alliance between Pakistan and the U.S. has never been an easy one, but the tacit support of the Taliban uprising in Afghanistan through the military establishment in Pakistan has raised fundamental question on how to calibrate Western and American policies towards the country. Bruce Riedel from the Brookings Institution discussed the current situation in the country at the German Council on Foreign Relations.
Category: Security, Pakistan
Conflict and Cooperation
International Expert Conference at the DGAP on Russian and EU policy in the post-Soviet space
17/11/2011 | 09:30 - 16:30 | DGAP | Russia, Security
Russia’s proposal for a “Eurasian Union” has given a new dynamic to the competition between Russia and the EU to integrate the post-Soviet space. Moscow is trying to use the EU’s political and economic crisis to expand its influence. Which prospects for integration are realistic in the post-Soviet region? Are there common interests between Russia, the EU, and their shared neighbors? Where do differences emerge? These questions were discussed at an international expert conference held at the DGAP
Category: Security, European Union, Russia
The Political Culture of Germany: How present is the past?
The 3rd International Diplomats Programme in Berlin
10/11/2011 | 09:00 - 20:00 | DGAP
What are the tasks of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR (BStU)? How does Germany deal with its past and how present is this past in contemporary political culture? How do German political foundations contribute to a better understanding of Germany abroad? These questions were the focus of the 9th IDP programme day, which took participants to numerous places in Berlin that are connected to recent German history.
Environmental Protection and the Euro Crisis
Political Opportunities and Challenges The 3rd International Diplomats Programme in Baden-Wurttemberg and Hesse
27/10/2011 - 28/10/2011 | 10:00 - 14:00 | DGAP
How can politics influence the environmental awareness of the public? Is cross-border cooperation possible in the Middle East? Do statements by the Federal Chancellor affect the stability of the euro? And how does the future of the Frankfurt Airport look? These and other questions were discussed during the 3rd International Diplomats Programme’s two-day excursion to Freiburg and Frankfurt.
Crisis in Belarus: Internal Dynamics and External Interests
Conference on current developments in Belarus
26/10/2011 | 09:00 - 17:30 | DGAP | Belarus
Crisis in Belarus: Internal Dynamics and External Interests
Belarus used to be an island of stability in the post-Soviet area, supported by economic growth and social security that was subsidized by Russia. This system is teetering now because Russia is limiting its financial support. This is leading to high inflation, currency shortage, job losses, and, consequently, to an unprecedented decline in popular support for the Belarusian president.
Category: Belarus
Putin's Challenger
The head of the Russian Communist Party, Gennad Zyuganov, promotes his party's program
19/10/2011 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Russia, Political System
Putin's Challenger
The Chief of the Russian Communist Party (KPRF), Gennady Zyuganov, is believed to be the only formidable rival to the Kremlin Chief Vladimir Putin and his governing party United Russia. The parliamentary elections are scheduled for December 4, 2011. The Communist Party of Russia may obtain around a quarter of the votes cast in the upcoming elections. Midway through the election campaign, Zyuganov came to Berlin to present and discuss his political program with a group of recognized experts and the public at large.
Category: Political System, Political Culture, Political Participation, Russia
New Challenges for Cooperation
The third seminar of the Franco-German Future Dialogue
13/10/2011 - 16/10/2011 | 09:00 - 19:00 France
New Challenges for Cooperation
How will cooperation between Germany and France look under the French G20 presidency? How will the strategic culture of both countries evolve in the face of emerging geopolitical challenges? How will France and Germany coordinate with each other during negotiations on the new EU financial framework? And how will Germany and France position themselves in relation to the “new Turkey” and the emerging world power India? These questions were discussed by the participants in the third seminar of the Franco-German Future Dialogue held in Paris.
Category: France
Positive patriotism in Russia due to the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
Session of the working group “Laboratory of the Future” within the framework of the Petersburg Dialogue
26/09/2011 | 09:00 - 18:00
Will the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia have a positive effect on the development of national self-consciousness as the World Cup in Germany did in 2006? Will investment in infrastructure contribute to the sustainable development of affected regions in Russia?
The Baltic Sea pipeline goes online as conflicts are settled
“Nord Stream” will be an essential building block for the European energy supply
21/09/2011 | 16:30 - 18:00 | DGAP | Resources and Energy
This fall, Russian natural gas will flow to Western Europe through the first line of the Nord Stream pipeline. The infrastructure project in the Baltic Sea has special meaning for the EU energy supply. The Berthold Beitz Center’s Energy Breakfast, which took place on September 21, 2011, included controversial discussions on the current state of the project, as well as on the financing, environmental impact, competition with renewable energy sources, and dependencies between the participating countries.
Category: Resources and Energy
Cowardice of The People?
DGAP Conference on Relations between Public Opinion and International Security Policy
21/09/2011 - 22/09/2011 | 10:00 | DGAP | Security
Public opinion plays an important role in international security policy – not least of all once critical opposition towards government politics forms. It is surprising how little effort governments and the military dedicate to winning public support. How can strategic communication be improved? Titled “Cautious And Truthful – Public Opinion and Security in Democratic Systems”, an international conference of the DGAP’s USA program covered the topic on September 21 and 22, 2011.
Category: Security