The idea

The Körber Network Foreign Policy comprises a select group of young foreign-policy professionals. Its members meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of German and European foreign policy with international decision-makers. An annual field trip takes the Network to hot spots of current and international affairs.

Since 2005, the Körber Network Foreign Policy has gathered an exclusive group of young foreign-policy professionals from key institutions, including the German Bundestag, the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Foreign Office and other ministries, as well as think tanks and select embassies. The Network’s members are invited to join by way of personal recommendation, and come together on a regular basis for intimate, off-the-record discussions with senior-level policy-makers and specialists.

Every year, 2-3 members of the Körber Network Foreign Policy have the opportunity to join the Munich Security Conference as Munich Young Leaders. The Munich Young Leaders program is a joint project by Körber Foundation and the Munich Security Conference. During the conference the Munich Young Leaders discuss current foreign and security policy challenges with high-ranking politicians, officials and experts. The program provides a forum for future decision-makers to strengthen their networks and inspire new thinking.

Background Discussions

Members of the Körber Network Foreign Policy regularly meet for background discussions with policy-makers and specialists. The discussions offer a chance for an open exchange of views, with the purpose of surpassing institutional barriers and stimulating common foreign and security policy ideas.

Field Trips

Every year, the Network’s members embark on a field trip to a place of particular significance to German foreign policy. Field trips include discussions with senior-level representatives from government, the military and international institutions as well as business representatives, journalists and activists. Previous destinations include visits to Belgrade and Pristina (2005), Georgia (2006), Iran (2007), Ukraine (2008), Syria and Lebanon (2009), Kazakhstan (2010), Saudi Arabia (2011), Turkey (2012), and China (2013). For the 2015 field trip, the Network travelled to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, followed by visits to the Republic of Korea (2016) and Iran (2017).


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