The Foreign Policy Network

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is Germany’s network for foreign policy. As an independent, non-partisan, and nonprofit membership organization, think tank, and publisher the DGAP has been promoting public debate on foreign policy in Germany for 60 years.

The DGAP’s goals are:

  • to promote and contribute to foreign policy debate in Germany,
  • to advise decision makers from politics, business, and civil society
  • to inform the public on foreign policy issues
  • to strengthen the German foreign policy community
  • to advance Germany’s foreign affairs status in the world

About us

  • Think Tank

    Policy Oriented Research
    The DGAP’s think tank undertakes policy-oriented research at the intersection of operational politics, business, scholarship, and the media. More than 30 foreign policy experts work in ten research programs focusing on: transatlantic relations, European integration, Russia/Eurasia, international security policy, energy policy, global economics, the Middle East, and China.

    Contributing to Public Debate
    The DGAP helps foster and moderate the national foreign affairs debate by bringing together high-ranking decision makers from politics and business, scholars, and the interested public in various formats such as conferences, roundtables, and study groups.

    Advising Foreign Policy Decision Makers
    The DGAP’s experts regularly publish studies and analyses on current foreign policy issues that offer concrete policy approaches.

  • Council

    More than 2,500 members are active in the nonprofit organization DGAP. DGAP members receive exclusive invitations to speeches by prominent figures, podium discussions, and fireside chats, giving them the chance to participate in foreign affairs discussions with decision makers from Germany and abroad.

    This opportunity is available not only in the headquarters in Berlin, but across Germany in the DGAP’s Regional Forums in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, and Dresden.

    To encourage more young professionals to get involved in the DGAP network, the YOUNG DGAP was founded in 2008. The YOUNG DGAP provides special offers and events such as mentoring programs tailored to those under 35.

    Are you interested in joining the DGAP? Contact us.

  • Library

    The DGAP’s library and documentation center is one of the oldest and most important public libraries for foreign and security policy. Its holdings date from 1945 on and contain more than 200 national and international journals, over 85,000 books, and numerous electronic publications.

    Through its cooperation with the scholarly research network “International Relations and Regional Studies” (IBLK) our library offers access to the largest composite dat on international politics in Europe.

    Whether for academic, professional, or personal use, the library’s services are open to students, scholars, and anyone interested in international relations.

  • IP Journal

    The DGAP publishes the foreign policy magazine IP. The IP appears in German as a bimonthly  print magazine and in English as an online magazine for German and European foreign policy.

    IP Journal is the source for a German perspective on important foreign affairs issues, as well as in-depth analysis on central questions of German and European foreign policy from renowned authors and experts in and outside of Germany.

    The German-language print magazine IP - originally founded as "Europa Archiv" in 1945 - has established itself as Germany’s leading foreign policy magazine. You can get an annual subscription to the German IP or buy the latest issue at train station and airport book stores across Germany.

Meet us at the DGAP