Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2023

Of Paradigms and Power Shifts: Steering Through a Contested International Order

The global landscape is marked by growing gaps, leading to upheavals in Germany’s foreign policy on three levels: domestically in a redefinition of its international role, within a changing European continent and in global power relations. The war in Ukraine is forcing Germany to readjust its foreign policy paradigm both at home and abroad. In a Europe facing existential questions, a power shift to Central and Eastern Europe is reshaping multilateral decision-making. Simultaneously, the global competition of narratives, the increasing influence of emerging middle powers and growing tensions between the US and China demand decisive and strategic action.

As Germany navigates these power shifts, it faces difficult questions: Is Berlin willing to deliver on its promises to lead Europe? What could a new paradigm for Germany look like? How can Europe define its role in an increasingly competitive international environment?

These and other questions will be discussed at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum on 28 November 2023 under the title “Of Paradigms and Power Shifts: Steering Through a Contested International Order”.

Agenda and speakers of the Berlin Forum 2023 will be announced before the conference on this webpage.