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 German Federal Foreign Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, the Fulbright Commission, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Annually, 40 alumni of these organizations can participate in the GDL and become part of the network. It is is implemented by the iac Berlin.

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’.