A Process of Reflection on the Capacity to Act in German and European Foreign Policy
The framework conditions for German foreign and European policy are undergoing a fundamental transformation. In addition to the much-discussed changes to the international system and the increasing great power competition between the United States and China, technological developments, new security threats, the consequences of climate change, and socioeconomic upheavals are just some of the developments that will determine the future tasks and international impact of German foreign policy. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic poses numerous political, economic, and societal risks and accelerates many existing trends in the multilateral system, with immediate consequences for Germany and the EU. In light of this turning point, the project “Ideenwerkstatt Deutsche Außenpolitik” aims to put German foreign policy to the test – through evidence-based analyses and interdisciplinary strategy discussions – and contribute to strengthening Germany’s and the EU’s capacity to act in foreign policy. The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator.
At the heart of this strategic reflection process is the “Ideenwerkstatt”: a body that brings together proven experts from various fields relevant to foreign policy. Until Germany’s parliamentary elections in fall 2021, this panel of experts will meet at regular intervals to generate strategic recommendations for German foreign policy. The “Ideenwerkstatt” will be complemented by a Policy Board, which brings together political decision-makers from across the party spectrum and serves as a direct political sounding board for the analyses and strategy recommendations of the “Ideenwerkstatt.”
DGAP’s Research Institute will accompany this process intensively and enrich it with in-depth analyses and policy recommendations. One of its focuses will be the five thematic areas of high relevance for the future ability of German and European foreign policy to act: geo-economics, migration, political order in the European neighborhood, security and defense, and technology.