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France Elects a New President
François Hollande defeats incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy
06/05/2012 | 18:00 - 22:00 | Französischen Botschaft | France
France Elects a New President
France has elected a new president. Socialist François Hollande defeated incumbent President Sarkozy in a run-off election on Sunday. He is the first socialist since François Mitterrand to take the highest office of the French Republic. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle praised Hollande’s victory as an “historical event.”
Category: France
Shared Security: Transforming Defence to Face the Future
02/05/2012 | 16:00 - 17:30 | British Embassy | United Kingdom
Category: United Kingdom
NATO Partners Need to Develop Skills Together
British Defense Minister Hammond on a stronger role for Germany in the alliance
02/05/2012 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Britische Botschaft | Security
NATO Partners Need to Develop Skills Together
Growing security-political challenges on the one hand, shrinking defense budgets on the other: It is only through common efforts among NATO partners (above all through effective coordination) that the world’s largest defense alliance will be able to fulfill its role in the future, said Philip Hammond at an event organized by the DGAP and the British Embassy in Berlin.
Category: Security, NATO
EU and Ukraine – Integration or Stagnation?
25/04/2012 | 14:30 - 19:00 | DGAP | Ukraine
Category: Ukraine
Franco-German Future Dialogue
Sixth annual opening seminar in Stuttgart
12/04/2012 - 14/04/2012 | 12:00 France
Franco-German Future Dialogue
Presidential and parliamentary elections, different economic models and approaches, cooperation and competition in energy policy – the Franco-German Future Dialogue 2012 featured discussions on a number of aspects regarding relations between the two countries. Entry-level professionals and doctoral candidates from Germany and France came together in Stuttgart for the opening seminar of the project, now in its sixth year.
Category: France, Germany
To argue against one’s convictions
7th Diplomatenkolleg day in Berlin
29/03/2012 | 09:00 - 17:00 | DGAP
Should the international community treat Iran as an equal partner or agree sanctions? Is a worldwide nuclear phase-out desirable? Should politicians legislate for a women’s quota? The participants of the 7th Diplomatenkolleg day on 29 March 2012 discussed these questions in the context of an Oxford debate.
Germany as Measuring Stick
EADS CEO Louis Gallois calls for an ambitious European industrial policy
27/03/2012 | 18:00 - 20:00 Europe, Economy and Finance
Germany as Measuring Stick
Joint efforts are the only way for Europe to overcome the financial crisis and remain economically competitive, according to Louis Gallois, CEO of Europe’s largest aerospace company. The discussion included Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of Air Berlin, and focused on analyzing Germany’s economic strength and France’s current economic malaise: “We can learn a lot from Germany.”
Category: Economy and Finance, Europe
Fostering Policy Dialogue in the Western Balkans
Opening Seminar of the TRAIN Programme 2012 in Belgrade
22/03/2012 - 25/03/2012 | 09:00 - 18:00 Balkans
Fostering Policy Dialogue in the Western Balkans
How can political decision-making processes be successfully influenced? How can messages be worded clearly and potential obstacles recognized early on? These questions were tackled by the 14 participants of the 2012 TRAIN programme – Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking – in their opening seminar which took place from March 22 to 25, 2012.
Category: Balkans
Joining In: Islamist Political Movements in Electoral Processes
13/03/2012 | 17:00 - 19:00 North Africa, Democratization/System Change
Category: Democratization/System Change, North Africa
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