Players & organisations

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A short overview of further information about foreign policy, plus associated links.

Diplomatic missions

Germany maintains diplomatic relations with 195 countries and has a global presence with 227 missions, 153 of them embassies.

Multilateral organisations

Germany assumes responsibility in multilateral organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the European Council, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Following an internal reform the Bundeswehr now has around 180,000 active soldiers, of which 19,000 are women. In 2015, a total of 2,500 members of the German armed forces were deployed to missions in 16 different crisis areas.

Experts in conflict prevention

The Centre for International Peace Operations trains civilian specialists for missions in crisis regions and provides experts.

Foreign policy think tanks

Important foreign and security policy research institutes include the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), and German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

Political foundations

The foundations closely associated with the 
German political parties CDU, CSU, SPD, 
The Left party, Alliance 90/The Greens, and FDP have offices worldwide. With federal funds, 
they promote dialogue and development in 
partner countries.

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