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Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2017

On December 5, the most important foreign policy challenges for Germany and Europe were discussed at this year’s Berlin Foreign Policy Forum by Körber-Stiftung in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office. What are the consequences of the uncertain domestic situation in Germany for Europe? How will the transatlantic relations develop? What are the security prospects for Europe’s Eastern and South-Eastern neighborhood? Do historical lessons from the Peace of Westphalia offer possible solutions for conflicts in the Middle East? How can a military escalation with North Korea be prevented?

Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel opened the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum with a keynote speech, followed by a discussion on the future of the European project with Sir Julian King, EU Commissioner for the Security Union, Niels Annen, Member of the German Bundestag, Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament, as well as Steven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for The New York Times in Europe, and French political scientist Dominique Moïsi. Cem Özdemir, Co-Chair of Alliance 90/The Greens, addressed key questions of German and European foreign policy in an interview with DER SPIEGEL.

At the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, Körber-Stiftung launched its new foreign policy publication THE BERLIN PULSE. THE BERLIN PULSE includes the results of a new, representative survey on foreign and security policy, asking Germans about their opinion for instance on increasing defense spending or France’s reform proposals for the EU. Prominent international authors, such as Condoleezza Rice, Jens Stoltenberg and Timothy Garton Ash, outline their expectations towards German foreign policy. You can find all results and contributions here: www.theberlinpulse.org.

Radmila Šekerinska, Minister of Defence of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, discussed the security prospects for the countries in Europe’s Eastern and South-Eastern neighborhood with Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federal Assembly, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former NATO Secretary General, as well as Michael Georg Link, Member of the German Bundestag.

Afterwards, Kenneth R. Weinstein, President of the Hudson Institute, and Dr. Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to High Representative Federica Mogherini, debated the future of transatlantic relations.

In the afternoon, historical lessons from the Peace of Westphalia for current conflicts in the Middle East were under discussion. Among others, Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, Deputy Foreign Minister for Education and Research of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addressed the question how the Middle East can be stabilized in the long term.

The Berlin Foreign Policy Forum concluded with a discussion about the North Korean nuclear crisis with Russian deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov, Special Advisor to the President of Korea Chung-in Moon, as well as Fu Ying, Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing and Roderich Kiesewetter, Member of the German Bundestag.

Once a year, the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum gathers an international group of 250 eminent politicians, government representatives, experts and journalists. More than half of the participants come from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Since its initiation in 2011, the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum has become the most important forum for foreign and security policy debates in Berlin.

Participants

On December 5, 200 eminent politicians, government representatives, experts and journalists came together at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum. The group of participants included representatives from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

List of Participants (PDF)

Gallery

Photos: Marc Darchinger

Agenda

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

9:00 – 9:10
Welcome Remarks
Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung

9:10 – 9:40
Keynote
Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany

9:40 – 10:40
What Kind of Union? The Future of the European Project
Julian King, Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission
Niels Annen, MP, Member, SPD Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag
Elmar Brok, MEP, Member, European Parliament
Steven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent Europe, The New York Times
Dominique Moïsi, Senior Counselor, Institut Montaigne
Moderator: Arnd Henze, Correspondent, ARD Berlin Studio

10:40 – 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00
Line(s) of Defence: Securing Europe and its Neighborhood
Radmila Šekerinska, Minister of Defence, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Council of the Federation, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Michael Georg Link, MP, Free Democratic Party Faction, German Bundestag
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, fmr. Secretary General, NATO; Founder and Chairman, Rasmussen Global
Moderator: Lorenz Hemicker, Political Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

12:00 – 13:45
Breakout Sessions / Lunch
(registration on 5 December / not open to the press)

PRESENTATION OF THE BERLIN PULSE / LUNCH
(registration on 5 December / for press only)
Global Player under Construction? Reflecting Germany’s International Responsibility
Ralf Beste, Head, Policy Planning, Federal Foreign Office
Brendan Simms, Professor, History of International Relations, University of Cambridge
Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

13:45 – 14:15
Spotlight Interview
Cem Özdemir, MP, Co-Chair, Alliance 90/The Greens
Interview: Britta Sandberg, Head, Foreign Desk, DER SPIEGEL

14:15 – 14:30
Coffee Break

14:30 – 15:30
Körber Debate: Are Europeans Free-riding on Security?
Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali; Special Advisor to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
Kenneth R. Weinstein, President and CEO, Hudson Institute
Moderator: Judy Dempsey, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:45
A ‘Westphalia’ for the Middle East? Historical Lessons for a Future Peace
Taha Özhan, MP, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Volker Perthes, Executive Chairman of the Board and Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times
Moderator: Brendan Simms, Professor, History of International Relations, University of Cambridge

16:50 – 17:10
Stabilizing the Middle East I: Which Way Ahead for the GCC?
Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, Founder and President, Emirates Policy Center (EPC)
Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

17:10 – 17:30
Stabilizing the Middle East II: How to Safeguard the Nuclear Deal?
Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, Deputy Foreign Minister for Education and Research, The Islamic Republic of Iran
Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

17:30 – 17:45
Coffee Break

17:45 – 18:45
Northeast Asia on the Brink? The North Korea Nuclear Crisis
Igor Morgulov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
Fu Ying, Chairperson, Foreign Affairs Committee, National People’s Congress
Roderich Kiesewetter, MP, CDU/CSU Faction, German Bundestag
Chung-in Moon, Special Advisor to the President for Foreign and National Security Affairs, Republic of Korea
Anne Gearan, Diplomatic and Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
Moderator: Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

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