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


Twitter: @dgapev

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Elisabeth I-Mi Suh

Elisabeth Suh has been a research fellow in DGAP’s Security and Defense Program since June 2020. She works on a project on nuclear energy, technology, and security as well as on a project on risk reduction and arms control in the Asia-Pacific region.

Elisabeth Suh is also an associate PhD fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). There, she analyzes North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and its related messaging in the context of bargaining vis-à-vis the United States.

  • Nuclear arms control, disarmament, risks
  • Nuclear non-proliferation, cases of latency and proliferation
  • Proliferation of advanced conventional weapon systems, other non-nuclear weapon systems with strategic effects
  • Regional focus on the Asia-Pacific
  • North Korea, nuclear weapons program, signaling
Johanna Kleffmann
Johanna Kleffmann is a research fellow in DGAP’s Security and Defence Program where she works on a project on civilian stabilization and crisis prevention. Previously, Kleffmann served as an advisor at the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC) where – together with regional and national partners in Sub-Saharan Africa – she worked on policies and capacity building in the field of small arms control. She has also worked at the Berlin-based think tank adelphi, for the NGO Crisis Simulation for Peace, and the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) on topics such as conflict monitoring, peacebuilding, and natural resources in conflict contexts. Kleffmann holds a master’s degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin and Universidad des los Andes, Bogotá, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science and human geography from the University of Heidelberg.
  • Small arms and light weapons control, weapons and ammunition management
  • Stabilisation and conflict prevention
  • Regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America