Brandt School Universität Erfurt

CSMP Study Trip to Berlin

A group of students from the Conflict Studies program at the Willy Brandt School have recently returned from their annual study trip to Berlin. The theme of this year’s study trip was, “Germany: Civilian or Military Power?,” giving students an up-close view of the role of Germany in international crisis management by meeting policymakers from different institutions. Over the course of three days they had opportunities to meet with officials from the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Armed Forces Operations Command to discuss strategic priorities of the German government in dealing with fragile states, problems of multilateral civilian and military crisis-management and peacebuilding operations, and Germany’s changing military engagement. In meetings with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze, students gained insight on modern methods of scenario building and foresight and its role in crisis management and peacekeeping.

One session of the trip included a visit to the German Bundestag, where students could enter the chamber and view a live parliament session, during which policy topics such as renter’s rights were discussed and debated by German political party representatives.

The students rounded out their trip with a meetup with Willy Brandt School and CSMP alumni for the opportunity to network and glean insight into life after the Brandt School.