What We Do
Global Diplomacy Lab
Today’s Diplomacy Needs all Sectors
The Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) provides an exchange platform for experts from diplomacy, non-governmental organizations, business, media, and cultural institutions. Jointly, these experts look for new and more inclusive approaches to diplomacy by working on specific case studies provided by fellow GDL members.
Today’s most pressing challenges cannot solely be solved by diplomacy and foreign policy. The GDL aims to enrich traditional politics by bringing in new perspectives and methods from various fields. GDL members develop network-oriented and interdisciplinary solutions to global issues by contributing knowledge from their respective sectors and countries.
Each year, the GDL is dedicated to a specific challenge – previous editions focused on topics such as “The Significance of International Law and Moral Standards in Diplomacy” or “Designing migration policies for the future”. The GDL is a members-driven network: Participants do not only bring the willingness to share their knowledge and learn from others, but also actively shape the program and contribute as moderators or facilitators.
The Global Diplomacy Lab was established in 2014 under the auspices of former Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier. It is a cooperation of the Federal Foreign Office, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, the Global Leadership Academy, the Stiftung Mercator and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Annually, 40 alumni of these organizations can participate in the GDL and become part of the network.
"At the Global Diplomacy Lab, ‘they know that the state monopoly on diplomacy is coming to an end. State actors therefore have to increasingly penetrate decentralized digital worlds’."