Trapped in Success: German Foreign Policy

the American German Business Club in Frankfurt, the German Council on Foreign Relations, Forum Frankfurt, and the Protestant Academy of Frankfurt are cordially inviting you to a panel with the following participants:

The speaker

Ambassador (a.D.) Dr. Volker Stanzel
Former Vice-President
German Council on Foreign Relations

in conversation with

Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger
Responsible Editor for Foreign Policy,
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

German foreign policy is urgently demanding new orientation, after having been carried by a continuum of established multilateral relations – especially after the European elections, that were primarily dominated by Brexit signs and rising euroskepticism in political parties throughout the European Parliament. The minimal backing among Germany’s society towards foreign-policy decisions is threatening the democratic legitimization. Foreign relations are being exposed to dramatically fluctuating influences: New technologies, strong authoritative players on an international scale, as well as new personalities in our very own society.
The former Vice-President of the German Council on Foreign Relations and former Diplomat, Dr. Volker Stanzel, as well as Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, will discuss Volker Stanzel’s new book „The perplexed Foreign Policy and why Society’s Support is much needed.“
This event will be held in German.

Ambassador (a.D.) Dr. Volker Stanzel
Dr. Volker Stanzel studied Sinology, Political Sciences, and Japan Studies in Frankfurt and Kyoto, and gained his doctorate at the University of Köln.
Dr. Stanzel acted as German Ambassador to Japan (2009-2013) and China (2004-2007), then returning to Germany as Political Director of the Federal Foreign Office (2007-2009). He had already acted in various roles at the Federal Foreign Office, some of which include: Head of Department for Middle East, Latin America, and Asia Relations (2002-2004), Head of Department for Peaceful Implementation and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Energy, and Delegate for Asia Politics. Dr. Stanzel was stationed at German embassies in Italy, Japan, Hungary, South-Yemen, and China.
Dr. Stanzel presents extensive experience in academic and international institutions, along with his elaborate Diplomacy experience. He is currently working as Senior Distinguished Fellow as part of the Research Group Asia at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where he is leading the Project “Diplomacy in the 21st Century”. He is also teaching at the renowned Hertie School of Governance, on a wide range of topics, such as Reconciliation and Society.

Dr. Stanzel is acting President of the Association of German – Japanese Societies, Member of the Board of the German – Japanese Business Circle and the Academic Confuscius Institute of the University of Göttingen, as well as Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). In 2014 he taught as Visiting Professor at Claremont McKenna College at the University of California in Santa Cruz (USA), in 2015 at the Free University in Berlin and, finally, in 2016 at Dokkyo University in Japan. Dr. Stanzel regularily publishes on foreign policy issues.

Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger was born in Darmstadt in 1955. He studied Political Sciences, Economics, and America Studies at the University of Frankfurt. In 1980 he studied at the University of Mississippi and completed his master’s degree in 1981, proceeding as Research Associate at the Center for North America Research at the University of Frankfurt (1982-1985). From 1985 onwards Mr. Frankenberger spent several years in the US in the following roles: Congressional Fellow in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C., Marshall Fellow at Harvard University in Cambridge (Massachusetts), Woodrow Wilson Campus Fellow at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga (California, 1997), and, finally, Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C. (2011). Mr. Frankenberger is currently editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (since 1986), responsible for foreign policy. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and member of the Senate of the German National Foundation.

Event Date:  August 21st : 6:30pm until 8pm.

Protestant Academy of Frankfurt
Römerberg 9, 60311 Frankfurt am Main