The German Council on Foreign Relations

DGAP (Germany)

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) has helped shape the foreign policy debate in Germany since 1955. The mission of the DGAP, as an independent and non-profit institution, is to improve the understanding of international relations and to scientifically explore the pertinent current issues of foreign policy.
The Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is a foreign policy think tank incorporating politics, economics, academia, and the media. More than 20 scholars work addressing global issues in the geographic regions of the US, the EU, France, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Eurasia and China, as well as on topics such as security and energy policy and future global challenges. The experts of the Research Institute advise both the public sector, including government officials and members of the Bundestag, and the private sector, and, in cooperation with the media, inform the public both within Germany and abroad.

Contact information

Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. – DGAP

Rauchstraße 17/18
10787 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 2 542 31-16

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Prof. Dr. Erwin Häckel
Associate Fellow
Tel: 030-254231-0
Dr. Haeckel is Professor of political science at the University of Konstanz, and the chairman of the Task Force Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Sensitive Technologies at the DGAP. Previously, he was Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and Research Fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. Moreover, he was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.
  • International Security
  • Arms control and disarmament
  • International organizations
  • Energy-and Technology policy
Dr. Henning Riecke
Head of USA / Transatlantic Relations Program
Tel: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-35
Dr. Henning Riecke is head of the program on “USA/Transatlantic relations” at the German Council on Foreign relations in Berlin  His core task is the organization of the Council’s regular study groups. Riecke does research on US-European security cooperation, in organizations such as NATO and ESDP, on German foreign and defense policy and on WMD non-proliferation.
In 2000, Riecke was Thyssen Post-Doc Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Between 1994 and 1999, he was Research Assistant at the Center for Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Studies. Riecke holds Political Science Doctorate and a Diploma from the Free University of Berlin. He has studied political science political economy and history, in Frankfurt/Main and Berlin.
  • European and transatlantic security issues
  • Security Organizations
  • German foreign and defense policy
  • Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, arms control
Oliver Schmidt
Program Officer USA / Transatlantic Relations
Tel: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-96
Oliver Schmidt works as research fellow in DGAP’s Transatlantic Program. He coordinates the Discussion Group on Transatlantic Relations and the Task-Force on Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Currently, Oliver Schmidt is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. He was an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University and St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.
Prior to his position at the German Council on Foreign Relations Oliver Schmidt has been a Visiting Fellow at the NATO School Research Department and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
  • Proliferation of nuclear weapons and its delivery systems
  • Ballistic Missile Defence
  • Iran`s nuclear program
  • NATO