Special Event:Multilateral Diplomacy
Retired State Secretary and ambassador Dr Günter Pleuger was guest speaker at the Jour Fixe on 8 February, 2016. He spoke on the topic "Multilateral diplomacy as an instrument of international security policy".
As State Secretary in the Federal Foreign Office after its relocation from Bonn, Ambassador Pleuger was patron of newly-founded "Willkommen in Berlin". As a diplomat, among other roles, he served as Germany's permanent representative to the United Nations from 2002 until July 2006. In that capacity, he also represented Germany on the UN Security Council. Multilateral diplomacy was an important focus of his career. From October 2008 until October 2014, he was President of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).
Bringing to bear his personal experience, in a knowledgeable and lively presentation, Ambassador Pleuger acquainted us with this highly topical subject. Using past crises as examples (e.g. the Algerian War of Independence, Rwanda), he familiarised the audience with the structure of the UN, as well as its core committee, the Security Council. He gave us exciting insights into German foreign policy and the inner structure of international organisations. Ambassador Pleuger's presentation convinced us of the importance of multilateral diplomacy. No single state can solve the present crisis on its own. Global political crises demand diplomats that understand the workings of a multipolar world.
Ambassador Pleuger's hour-long presentation was followed by a question and answer peiod of equal length. He was very impressed and delighted by the knowledge and interest shown by our members.