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Research Network 'External Democracy Promotion' (EDP)

The conference was organized in close collaboration with Prof. Richter and is co-financed by the Leibniz funded Research Network ‘External Democracy Promotion’ (EDP), which brings together political science scholars from Germany working at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics. Our joint interest is in the range of cross-border activities by states, non-state actors and international organizations aimed at establishing, improving or defending democracy in third countries. It is our goal to deepen and focus research on democracy promotion as well as strengthen policy advice, and we regularly come together to discuss our research as well as current political developments, collaborate on publication projects, and present our work to academic audiences as well as the politically interested public.

Willy BraNdt School of Public Policy

The Brandt School’s mission has been to capacitate future policy-makers from around the world along these premises since its foundation in 2002. It has done so by combining the time-tested curriculum of the grand North American public policy schools with the distinctive perspective that its location at the very centre of Europe and at the crossing point between West and East, ‘old’ and ‘new’ entails. The resulting Brandt School approach stands out through its systematic trans-disciplinarity, its comprehensively global focus, and its methodical linking of theory and practice.

In this spirit, the Brandt School offers students, researchers and the broader policy community a highly international atmosphere, a uniquely trans-disciplinary approach, and a practice-oriented outlook.

Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The School also offers experienced professionals the opportunity to deepen their skills in the field of public management. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-oriented approach to the School's teaching and research agenda. The Hertie School is an international centre, with a variety of first-rate academic projects and a diverse student body. The School actively engages in public debate with its wide range of events bringing together experts from theory and practice. The School was founded in 2003 as a project of the Hertie Foundation, which remains the major partner.