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

XIX. European-American Young Leaders Conference

The XIX European-American Young Leaders Conference took place from September 11 to 15. 45 Young Leaders from ten different countries came together for five days in Pristina, Kosovo. The timing for our conference could not have been more appropriate. While Europe struggles to contain the consequences of the war in Ukraine, concern is growing among […]

20th National People’s Congress in China: Quo Vadis?

The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held this year from October 16 to 22. Every five years, the Central Committee and the Central Disciplinary Commission are elected, under the chairmanship of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping. In addition, the period since the last National Congress […]

Fifth Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium

On June 15 and 16, Global Bridges held its Fifth Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium in Berlin on the topic “The War in Ukraine: Implications for Europe’s Russia Policies.” Already the First Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium half a decade ago, in the organization of which Dr. Kiep actively contributed, had asked whether Germany’s Russia policies were […]

Newsletter Contributions

The Outcome of War in Ukraine Decides the Future of the World Order

Mussolini invaded Ethiopia in 1935. Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938, Poland a year later to gain “Lebensraum in the East“. Two years later he invaded the Soviet Union with the aim of annexing Ukraine for a German “Ingermanland” and “Gotenland.” This tradition of violent land grabbing has been revived with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It […]

Australia’s Vision for the Indo-Pacific – Germany’s Role

The Indo-Pacific is the world’s most consequential region, home to half the world’s population and the world’s most dynamic economies and busiest shipping lanes. By 2030, the region is expected to contribute up to 60 per cent of global growth. The rise of China of course explains a large part of this trend, but very […]

Contextualizing Afghanistan: A Deeper Look

“We worked closely with the German foreign ministry (AA) on the ground, but now they ran away and left us behind… it is unbelievable…” This recount was expressed in a desperate call to this author by a member of the German civilian-led effort that aimed to get people out of Kabul in the days after […]

Schedule of Activities

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Momentarily no announcements on short notice.


  • Young Leaders Alumni Reunion, from July 4-7, 2024

    Vaduz, Liechtenstein

  • Study Trip to Liechtenstein, from July 2-7, 2024

    Zurich, St. Gallen and Vaduz

  • Cosmopolitan Talk, June 27, 2024

    Topic: “Digitale Plattformen als Staaten”
    Speakers: Dr. Moritz Holzgraefe, Director Public Affairs EU, Axel Springer SE
    Moderator: Michael Rümmelein, Co-Founder and Director, Swiss 5 Group
    Zurich, Switzerland

  • VII. Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium “Challenges to the Global Order – Revisionism, Populism, and the Rise of the Global South”, from June 12-13, 2024

    Berlin, Germany

  • Chinese-German Young Leaders Conference, from May 26-31, 2024

    Hangzhou, P.R. China