Berlin, 19 January 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.
Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, kicked off this year’s digital Background Discussion series on 19 January 2021, by talking about current developments in the Middle East. Together with decision-makers of the German foreign policy community – including members of the German Bundestag, selected representatives of various German ministries and experts of renowned think tanks – the Minister discussed current challenges in the region and those exacerbated by the Corona pandemic. The importance of multilateral cooperation was given paramount importance in the debate, with Ayman Safadi as well as participants emphasizing its relevance in dealing with global challenges. The participants also discussed regional strategies for dealing with COVID-19, developments in the Middle East conflict and strategies in migration policy.
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.