Field trips to destinations of geographical importance, conferences at focal points of world history, forums about issues with substance and relevant participants are the signature of our event calendar.

On Focus

Review 2016

2016 was not without sorrowful memories, as our beloved Founding Chairman and Honorary Member Walther Leisler Kiep passed away last May. His vigor and passion inspired us in our daily lives, and his magnificent presence was and continues to be deeply missed. However, he was with us in spirit – and what better way to remember his unforgettable work than to forge on in his footsteps and embark on many journeys filled with inquiry and insight. Shortly after Walther left us, we honored him with our First Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium on Germany’s Policy toward Russia.

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XII Study Trip to P.R. China 2016

Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and the province Xinjiang

P.R. China Nov 13-26, 2016

On our XII Study Trip to China, the focus is on the Chinese political and economic megatrends in Bejing and Shanghai, as well as for the first time the regional development of the Western Province of Xinjiang.

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III Study Trip to Ohio

Bowling Green, Ohio

USA Nov 1-6, 2016

At the beginning of November 2016, in the final rally of the US presidential campaign, delegates of Global Bridges arrive in Bowling Green, Ohio, 82 miles southwest of Detroit and 180 miles north of Cincinnati. Why would one choose such a remote location? It is right here, in the swing state of Ohio, where no presidential nominee who later became president, has lost since 1964.  Since 1896, Ohio has picked the loser only twice.

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  • XXXI Berlin Global Forum, March 2017

    At the invitiation of H.E. The Armenian Ambassador to Germany Mr. Ashot Smbatyan

  • XXXII Berlin Global Forum, March 2017

    Guest Speaker: Mr. Caio Koch-Weser, Chairman of the Board, European Climate Foundation, Berlin

Program first half of 2017

  • V Study Trip to Israel and the West Bank, April 2017
  • III Study Trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran, May 2017
  • II Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium in Berlin, June 2017
  • XVI European-American Young Leaders Conference, June 2017
  • IX Young Leaders Alumni Conference in Gdansk, July 2017


  • IX Frankfurt Global Forum, February 2017

    Guest speaker: Dr. Changfeng Tu, laywer and partner at Hengeler Mueller (Frankfurt and Shanghai), on "Chinese Investment in Germany"

  • XXVIII Berlin Global Forum, February 2017

    New Years Dinner at the invitation of H.E. The Chinese Ambassador to Germany Mr. Shi Mingde

  • VII New York Global Forum on December 15th, 2016

    Guest speaker Dr. Angela Stent on “U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration: Is Another Reset Possible or Desirable?”

  • XXVII Berlin Global Forum on December 8th, 2016

    Traditional Goose Dinner with guest speaker The Right Honorable Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones DCMG on "Brexit - Journey into the unknown"

  • XIII Frankfurt Global Forum on December 2nd, 2016

    Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the residence of U.S. Consul General, Mr. James W. Herman