Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2019

“From Ambition to Action: Making Multilateralism Work”

25-26 November 2019, Berlin

On 26 November 2019, Körber-Stiftung in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office hosts the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum for the ninth time. Under the headline “From Ambition to Action: Making Multilateralism Work” the Berlin Forum will set the stage for discussions on the most important current foreign policy challenges for Germany and Europe. How can Germany strengthen multilateral structures together with its key partners? How will election results in EU member states and of the European Parliament affect European integration and the EU's international role? Can we develop international regimes to control new technologies in warfare and prevent a new global arms race?

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will open the Berlin Forum with a keynote speech together with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Ine Eriksen Søreide, followed by a discussion on how to strengthen multilateral structures. Moreover, Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe, Minister of Finance & Public Expenditure of Ireland, Nadia María Calviño Santamaría, Spanish Minister of Economy and Business, and Sabine Weyand, European Director-General for Trade, will discuss the role of Europe in a geo-economic world.

Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, will open the discussion about Europe’s (South-)Eastern neighbourhood. David Zalkaliani, Georgian Foreign Minister, Nicu Popescu, Moldovan Foreign Minister, Valery Voronetsky, Chairperson of the Commission on International Affairs of Belarus, and Olena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, will debate the role of the EU in (South-)Eastern Europe.

The afternoon will begin with a “Conflict Zone” discussion in cooperation with DW. İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, will answer questions by moderator Tim Sebastian and the audience. Furthermore, in an interview moderated by Britta Sandberg (DER SPIEGEL), Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair of Alliance 90/The Greens, will talk about German and European foreign policy.

The Berlin Forum will conclude with a discussion about current challenges in arms control with State Secretary Antje Leendertse, Alexander Grushko, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Thomas DiNanno, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for defence policy, emerging threats, and outreach, and Major General (ret.) Yao Yunzhu, former director of the Center on China-American Defence Relations of the People’s Liberation Army.

At the Berlin Forum, Körber-Stiftung will present the third edition of its foreign policy publication The Berlin Pulse. It includes the results of a representative survey on the attitudes of the German public towards foreign policy: Should Germany strive for greater independence from the US in defence matters? Should the EU have been more accommodating during the Brexit negotiations? Is Germany a forerunner in climate policy within the EU? Prominent German and international authors, such as Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jacek Czaputowicz, Polish Foreign Minister, and Maia Sandu, Moldovan Prime Minister, express their hopes and expectations for German foreign policy in 2020. You can find all results and contributions here: www.theberlinpulse.org.

Once a year, the Berlin Forum convenes a group of 250 high-ranking politicians, government representatives, experts and journalists. In addition to the German foreign policy community, around half of the participants come from other European countries, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Since its initiation in 2011, the Berlin Forum has become the most important forum for foreign and security policy debates in Berlin. Attracting more than 60.000 live views in 2018, the Berlin Forum reaches a broad European and international audience. Questions and comments can be contributed via Twitter with the hashtag #BerlinForum.

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Young Delegates at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum

Körber-Stiftung is delighted to announce the launch of the Young Delegates Programme at this year’s Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, which will present an opportunity for students, PhD candidates and recent university graduates to participate in this high-ranking conference.

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Selected Speakers

Heiko Maas

Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Federal Republic of Germany

Ine Eriksen Søreide

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Kingdom of Norway

Annalena Baerbock

Alliance 90/The Greens

Paschal Donohoe

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform

David Zalkaliani

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Nathalie Tocci

Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Special Adviser to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini

Trailer 2019


Tuesday, 26 November 2019

9:00 – 09:30
Opening Remarks
Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung
Welcome Addresses
Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Norway

9:30 – 10:30
From Ambition to Action: How to Make Multilateralism Work
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Norway
Jan Eliasson, fmr. Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations; Chair, Governing Board, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Helga Schmid, Secretary General, European External Action Service (EEAS) (tbc)
Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
Intervention: Leonie Bremer, Spokesperson, Fridays for Future
Moderator: Tina Hassel, Head, Berlin Studio, ARD

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:15
The Berlin Pulse 2019: German Foreign Policy and Public Opinion
In Cooperation with Pew Research Center
Interactive Presentation by Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung & James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategy, Pew Research Center

11:15 – 12:30
Still a Transformative Power? The EU and its Neighbourhood
Speech by Edi Rama, Prime Minister, Republic of Albania
Followed by panel discussion with
David Zalkaliani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia
Nicu Popescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Moldova
Valery Voronetsky, Chairperson, Standing Commission on International Affairs, House of Representatives of the National Assembly, Republic of Belarus
Olena Zerkal, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European Integration, Ukraine
Moderator: Nathalie Tocci, Director and President, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

12:30 – 14:15
Breakout Sessions / Lunch

14:15 – 15:00
Conflict Zone
In Cooperation with DW
İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
Moderator: Tim Sebastian, Presenter Conflict Zone, DW

15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30
Taxes, Tariffs, Trade Agreements: Europe in a Geo-Economic World
Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Germany
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Ireland
Nadia María Calviño Santamaría, Minister of Economy and Business, Kingdom of Spain
Sabine Weyand, Director-General, Directorate-General Trade, European Commission
Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

16:30 – 17:00
Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:00
Arms Control in the 21st Century: New Technologies, New Arms Race?
Antje Leendertse, State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office
Alexander Grushko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
Thomas DiNanno, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Defense Policy, Emerging Threats, and Outreach, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, US Department of State
Yao Yunzhu, Major General (ret.), Director Emeritus, Center on China-America Defense Relations, Academy of Military Science
Moderator: Des Browne, Vice Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Chair, European Leadership Network

18:00 – 18:30
Spotlight Interview: Is Europe Going Green?
In Cooperation with DER SPIEGEL
Annalena Baerbock, Co-Chair, Alliance 90/The Greens; Member, German Bundestag, Berlin
Moderator: Britta Sandberg, Correspondent, Paris Bureau, DER SPIEGEL

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