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Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

The working group consists of about 25 young academics, journalists, and parliamentary staffers. Some of us did or still receive a scholarship by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for either graduate or Ph.D. studies. Members of the working group include students of political and regional sciences, economics and business, national and international law, military strategy and many other academic disciplines. Despite these diverse interests and expertise, we all share one passion: We harbour great interest in foreign policy with all its many facets and aspects, reaching from the politics of the European Union to the importance of the transatlantic relationship(s), from issues of defence and security policy to the impact of economic and developmental policy on international relations.

The working group Young Foreign Policy Experts was established by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2001 in order to bring together young experts with an interest and a competency in foreign policy issues and offer them a visible platform for mutually beneficial cooperation on pressing political problems. In addition, the working group is supposed to improve the identification and subsequent interconnection of foreign policy expertise and relevant commitments in Germany. With the establishment as well as long-term support and promotion of this working group, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung aims to make a meaningful contribution to Germany’s existing foreign policy culture.

In the early months of 2003 the working group published its first study on German Foreign Policy in the 21st Century which the former Deputy Chairman of the CDU for Foreign and Security Policy and current Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, presented to the media. Since then, the working group has organised international conferences on selected foreign policy topics in Paris, Istanbul, Cadenabbia and Moscow and published widely on all aspects of foreign policy and international relations.


Publications

Zika and Ebola: What we should learn from health crises
Jan. 26, 2017
Health crises such as Ebola and Zika will be the rule rather than the exception. The international community should adapt to this reality and implement the far-reaching reforms developed after the Ebola crisis. It would be a mistake to orient reforms in global health policy too strictly on an Ebola-specific scenario. Zika has shown that every health crisis presents different challenges. Germany has assumed a leadership role in global health policy in recent years and can make a significant contribution with its partners to strengthen the international health architecture.
Author: Daniela Braun

The Foreign Policy Strategy of a Regional Middle Power - Thailand and Germany
Nov. 28, 2016
Thailand is currently in a process of political transformation, in which the orientation is more towards China than towards Europe. Although of its domestic problems, Thailand aims for an active foreign policy and it plays a constructivist role in the region’s conflicts. Therefore it is an important partner in the region to Germany and the European Union.
Author: Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts and Dr. Patrick Keller

Beyond Deterrence: NATO’s Agenda after Warsaw
Oct. 5, 2016
The landmark decision the Summit will be remembered for is the establishment of the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP), which establishes a constant rotational (and thus “persistent”) presence of a total of four multinational allied battalions in Poland and each of the Baltic republics. With its decision, NATO closes the military gap between “old” and “new” allies by establishing a credible deterrence posture for its Eastern members.
Author: Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja

Germany’s Presidency in the G20 (III)
Oct. 5, 2016
In December 2016, Germany will take over the presidency of the G-20. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts makes proposals as to the points which the German government should focus on, as well as ideas for resolving global problems which should be pursued within the G20. This third paper concerns the importance of global health for security and stability.
Author: The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Germany’s Presidency in the G20 (II)
Sep. 26, 2016
In December 2016, Germany will take over the presidency of the G-20. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts makes proposals as to the points which the German government should focus on, as well as ideas for resolving global problems which should be pursued within the G20. This second paper concerns the promotion of global economic growth.
Author: The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Germany’s Presidency in the G20 (I)
Sep. 20, 2016
In December 2016, Germany will take over the presidency of the G-20. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts makes proposals as to the points which the German government should focus on, as well as ideas for resolving global problems which should be pursued within the G20. This first paper is about sustainable development policy.
Author: The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Enlargement to the North? Sweden, Finland
July 21, 2016
Sweden and Finland are moving closer and closer to NATO, though without seeking full membership to date. Nor will this change before the parliamentary elections in 2018 and 2019. For NATO, the admission of the Nordic Europeans would be uncomplicated and would carry many advantages, above all for Nordic-Baltic security, but also regarding topics such as NATO-EU cooperation and the Open Door Policy.
Author: Aurélie Domisse

The Central Mediterranean Route: Proposals for a more effective strategy to combat people smuggling
Jan. 8, 2016
The movement of refugees across the Mediterranean will remain at its current high level in the coming years. A military mission of the European Union will only marginally reduce people smuggling across the Mediterranean because it fails to address the demand for such smuggling. Any move to tackle the causes of refugee movements requires the strengthening of the weak states involved.
Authors: Dustin Dehez, Franziska Stahl

From Wales to Warsaw: A New Normal for NATO?
Dec. 18, 2015
The crises on NATO´s Eastern and Southern flank persist and have permanently changed the security environment in Europe. After the immediate measures included in the Readiness Action Plan agreed to at last year´s Summit in Wales, the political guidance marks the first step of NATO´s long-term adaptation to this “new normal”.
Authors: Aylin Matlé, Alessandro Scheffler

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (III): Strengthening the Capability to Act in the Security Realm
Oct. 29, 2015
In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance. But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further?
Author: The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Flight and asylum: A lack of solidarity and growing populism as challenges to European domestic policy
Oct. 27, 2015
To date, enforcing the European asylum system has been met with only limited success. Despite acknowledged difficulties, increasing pressure will in future be needed to comply with legal directives and laws. A further task of the European Union consists in securing its borders and combating the root causes of migration beyond Europe.
Authors: Ingmar Zielke, Franziska Stahl

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (II): Topic-Specific Partnerships in Development Cooperation
Oct. 13, 2015
In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance. But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further?
Author: The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Germany’s Responsibility in International Politics (I): The German OSCE Chairmanship
Oct. 13, 2015
In view of the wars and conflicts in Europe and at its periphery, the debate about Germany’s new responsibility in international politics has particular resonance. But what form should Germany’s new responsibility take in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable? Which instruments should be strengthened? And what initiatives should the German government initiate and further? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provide concrete recommendations on how and where “responsibility” can be imbued with political life.
Author: The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

The German G7 Presidency (II): Placing Emphasis on Economic Aspects to Further Development
Oct. 17, 2014
The foundation for the new development agenda for the post-2015 era must be based on a thorough examination of the results achieved to date in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals drawn up in 2001. Current discussions on the sustainable funding of development cooperation and the interaction between climate policy and development policy must also be taken into account. Only if the growth potentials in the developing and newly industrialised countries can be harnessed will it be possible to prevent greater development and security challenges arising.
Author: Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

The German G7 Presidency (I): The G7 as an Opportunity – Returning to Value-based Global Governance
Oct. 9, 2014
With the re-establishment of the G7, the democracies of the West will once again have their own forum as a community of shared values. However, the G7 nations face several fundamental challenges: Both a strategic debate about transatlantic relations and specification of a shared constructive position vis-à-vis Russia are required. Thus Germany should, during its G7 presidency, clearly foreground the opportunities offered by a strengthened Western partnership of values.
Author: Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Global Megatrends (III): Raw Materials – Explore Alternatives and Create New Paradigms
July 8, 2014
Global energy consumption and the demand for industrial raw materials are continuing to increase with the sustained rise of new economic powers. Although German politics and the German economy are already well placed in many respects regarding energy and raw material supplies, there are three areas that are manifestly due greater attention in a purposeful foreign policy. These include urban mining and the substitution of raw materials, particularly in order to reduce dependence on rare earths; establishing a dialogue on energy issues with developing and newly industrialised countries.
Author: Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Global Megatrends (II): Demographic Change
Nov. 5, 2013
The ageing population and associated lack of skilled workers present a serious challenge to Europe’s competitiveness and to the sustainability of European welfare systems. Demographic change means that migration is no longer simply a security issue or a humanitarian challenge but has also become a significant economic factor. Targeted migration management also makes it possible to create closer and more extensive networks involving global growth centres. For this to happen, the European Union needs to create a common migration regime.
Author: Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts

Global Megatrends (I): Global Power Shifts
Nov. 5, 2013
The economic and political rise of new powers is putting pressure on the established architecture of international institutions. As a result, informal, issue-driven forums and regional organisations are taking on an increasingly significant role. They are particularly important in their function as instruments of cooperative conflict resolution in which they contribute to safeguarding global and regional stability. It is therefore in Germany’s interest to make the most of the opportunities available.
Author: Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts


China and Germany as Actors in World Politics
Nov. 22, 2010
The papers presented here address some issues which have been given prominence in other foreign policy dialogues in recent years: the world economic and financial crisis of 2008/9 and energy security represent such topics. More general topics include the challenge of failing states and basic approaches to political thinking in China and Germany. One topic stands out as innovative and future oriented: “Cyber-War and Cyber-Terrorism: German and Chinese Perspectives on a Novel Security Challenge”.
Authors: Dustin Dehéz, Stormy Mildner, Christoph Grams, Antje Nötzold, Frank Sauer

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Dr. Patrick Keller
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