In the 21st century, there are more and more challenges and problems that can no longer be resolved on a national level and can only be tackled jointly by international partners. In this context, greater mutual understanding and trust are a basic prerequisite for successful cooperation. International relations are thus a means to an end if we are to work together to create a fair, sustainable world in which we can all enjoy a life that is worth living.
In our Centre for International Affairs we are committed on the one hand to the targets in our interdisciplinary clusters: integration and migration, the prevention of dangerous climate change, and arts education. On the other hand, we have defined three regional areas of focus that we believe are key regions for Germany in a globalized world:
- Europe, because only a strong Europe will allow us to play an effective role in today’s multipolar world,
- Turkey, because we wish to take greater advantage of the potential offered by Turkey’s strong domestic and foreign policy ties with Germany, and
- China as a country with an important global position with which Germany can and must cooperate in the interests of mutual benefit and to resolve global issues.