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Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2016

In 2016, discussions at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum focused on the perspectives on a rapprochement between Russia and the EU, on managing the multiple conflicts in the Middle East, on European cooperation with Asian countries in regard to international security, and on the foreign policy priorities to be expected from the new US administration. Amongst others, speakers included Germany’s Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, and India’s Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the Forum with a speech on perspectives of German and European foreign policy, followed by a discussion with Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Furthermore, the results of a representative survey commissioned by Körber Foundation on German attitudes towards Europe were presented at the Forum, revealing that Germans are unhappy with the state of the EU and consider Brexit to have considerably weakened the cohesion of the remaining EU member states.

Survey: Doubt or Confidence?



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

9:00 – 9:05
Welcome Remarks by Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board, Körber Foundation, Hamburg

9:05 – 9:15
Keynote Speech by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany

9:15 – 9:25
Keynote Speech by Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy

9:25 – 10:30
Panel Discussion

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany
Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy

Moderator: Tina Hassel, Head, ARD Berlin Studio

11:00 – 12:15
Russia and Europe: Between Confrontation, Coexistence and Cooperation

Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels
Bernhard Kaster, MP, Chairman, German-Russian Parliamentary Group; Parliamentary Secretary, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag, Berlin
Igor Morozov, Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs, The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Moscow
Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw
Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber Foundation, Berlin

12:15 – 14:15
Breakout Sessions – Lunch (registration on 29 November / not open to the press)

14:15 – 14:45
Spotlight with Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance: Europe at the Crossroads

Interview: Britta Sandberg, Head, Foreign Policy Department, DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg

15:00 – 16:00
Körber Debate: Will the Nuclear Deal make the Middle East more instable in the long run?

Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman, Beirut Institute; Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al-Hayat, London
Omid Nouripour, MP, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag, Berlin
Moderator: Stefan Braun, Parliamentary Affairs Editorial Office, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Berlin

16:15 – 17:15
Getting Asia in: Asia’s Role in Global Security Challenges

Niels Annen, MP, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, SPD Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag, Berlin
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi
Susan Thornton, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, East Asian and Pacific Affairs,
US Department of State, Washington, DC
Yao Yunzhu, Director Emeritus, Center on China-American Defense Relations, Academy of Military Science of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Beijing

Moderator: Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London

17:30 – 18:30
US Foreign Policy after the Elections
In Cooperation with Harvard University, Future of Diplomacy Project

Anne Gearan, National Politics Correspondent, The Washington Post, Washington, DC
Christoph Heusgen, Director-General, Foreign, Security and Development Policy; Foreign Policy and Security Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Chancellery, Berlin
Michael McFaul, Director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, Stanford

Moderator: Cathryn A. Clüver, Founding Executive Director, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

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