About the Event: As relations between the West and Russia have sharply deteriorated in recent years, Germany has taken a leading role in shaping Europe's policy response, particularly that of the European Union. That has included a tougher approach toward Kremlin misbehavior, such as various economic and other sanctions. At the same time, Berlin has sought to keep an open line of communication with Moscow.
Amb. Thomas Bagger will discuss how Berlin views the challenge posed by Russia and how the West should respond.
About the Speaker: Thomas Bagger holds the rank of ambassador and is Diplomatic and Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. He joined the German diplomatic service in 1992 and has served abroad in Prague, Ankara and Washington. Before taking up his current position, he headed the Foreign Ministry's Policy Planning Office.