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Fourth Körber Network Foreign Policy Retreat

11.-12. April 2014

On 11 and 12 April the members of the Körber Network Foreign Policy, who come from the German Parliament, the Federal Chancellery, various ministries, and selected embassies and think tanks, convened for their fourth retreat at Schloss Steinhöfel in Brandenburg. During the meeting the members of the Network took part in a Policy Game in which they analyzed the interests of various foreign policy actors within a fictitious scenario and developed specific policy options.

The Policy Game is based on the idea of incorporating current foreign and security policy trends into a scenario set in the future. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the interests and priorities of the various actors.

The scenario was based on the question: “How will Western countries react if the dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands escalates?” The Policy Game focused primarily on the positions adopted by Germany, France, Britain and the United States. In the course of three moves the teams of experts analyzed the interests and policy options of the various different countries.

A week earlier, on 4 and 5 April, high-ranking government officials and members of think tanks from Germany, France, Britain and the United States had dealt with the same scenario in Berlin. The results of this Körber Policy Game will be published in a conference report.

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