Berlin, 11 March 2021
The coronavirus crisis is transforming the international system, challenging European solidarity and multilateral cooperation. Complementary to its series of Political Breakfasts and Background Discussions, Körber-Stiftung’s format of »Digital Background Discussions« aims to facilitate a digital exchange about current challenges for foreign and security policy – including, but not limited to, the consequences of the coronavirus crisis.
On 11 March 2021, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), met with representatives from the German Bundestag, the German Federal Foreign Office and experts from think tanks for a Digital Background Discussion on the humanitarian implications of COVID-19. Together with the German policy community, he discussed current challenges for humanitarian aid and those exacerbated by the Corona pandemic. The participants talked about the pandemic as a catalyst for conflicts and discussed the role of international humanitarian law in crisis management and prevention. In this context, the identification of local needs was given paramount importance.
The “Digital Background Discussion” Series – Continuing Dialogue in Times of Crisis
Körber-Stiftung regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. In order to continue our discussions in the digital realm, Körber-Stiftung has initiated a new series, the »Digital Background Discussions«, derived from the Political Background Discussions. With this series, Körber-Stiftung aims to facilitate an exchange about current challenges for foreign and security policy – including, but not limited to, the consequences of the Coronavirus crisis. As at the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place in a confidential setting, so as to enable a frank and constructive exchange.