Deutsches Forum Sicherheitspolitik

#DFS2023: Russia’s War and the “Global South” - Lessons Learned for German and European Diplomacy

Deutschlands Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz und Indiens Premierminister Shri Narendra Modi sitzen an einem Tisch und sprechen miteinander.

Picture: MEAphotogallery/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The event is hosted by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) as part of a project on re-thinking Germany’s role in the global order supported by Stiftung Mercator.

In the first months after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, many in Germany (especially those with a strong transatlantic conviction) questioned ​“why are they not with us?” when it came to responses from India, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, and others in the diverse set of countries labelled the ​“Global South”.

Better understanding the positions of these key players and how to best interact with them is an urgent task for German and European diplomacy – and not just with regard to Russia’s war. Which lessons have we learned on how to (not) approach key countries outside of the West? How can Europe effectively compete in the battle of narratives with Russia and China in the Global South?


  • Annika Bolten-Drutschmann, Deputy Director, Policy Planning Staff, German Federal Foreign Office
  • Garima Mohan, Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the US (Twitter: @GarimaMo)

Moderator: Thorsten Benner, Director, GPPi (Twitter: @thorstenbenner)

Date: Thursday, 25 May 2023, 14:00-15:00 CEST (Berlin)
Format: Virtual Panel Discussion via Zoom
Registration: Required - Please register here (Google Forms).

Once registered, you can access the discussion by clicking here (Zoom).
f you have any questions, please contact Dan Hubbard at GGPi: .