The Dahrendorf Forum is a joint initiative by the Hertie School of Governance, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Stiftung Mercator. Under the title “Europe and the World” the most recent project cycle (2015-2016) fostered research and open debate on the EU’s relations with five seminal regions: Russia/Ukraine, MENA, China, North America, Turkey.
The Dahrendorf Teams in Berlin and London tackled these topics on three levels: firstly, and above all, by researching major issues relating to EU external relations. Output was generated by five research groups, each with a specific regional focus. Secondly, by hosting a series of events at which research topics are discussed with high-profile invitees. Thirdly, by engaging with the public and publishing via external media and, most importantly, on the Dahrendorf Blog. Social media also played a prominent role in engagement. Overall, the project focused on three distinct target groups: political and academic elites, media and a young, interested audience.