German Marshall Fund – GMF


Senior Director, Foreign and Security Policy: Ian Lesser

General Statement
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic.

Areas of work
Regional areas: Mediterranean, Turkey, Asia, Europe, Russia, North and South America, Africa.
Functional areas: foreign and security policy, energy security, migration, trade and investment, urban and regional policy.

Publications and activities
Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project
Mediterranean Strategy Group
New Med
The Mediterranean Policy Program is conducted in partnership with the Compagnia di San Paolo, the OCP Foundation and Noble Energy. It is a focal point for GMF’s cooperation with southern European and southern Mediterranean institutions, including IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali) in Rome.

The Mediterranean Strategy Group, the core convening activity of the program, addresses topics of concern to governments and the private sector, including foreign and defense policy, economics and finance, maritime commerce, and energy security. The Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project focuses on the political and economic implications, risks, and opportunities flowing from the recent energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

In parallel, GMF conducts an active program of transatlantic research and analysis Mediterranean issues. Since 2014, GMF is also a key partner in New-Med, a research network of Mediterranean experts, established by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, alongside GMF and the Compagnia di San Paolo.

Practical information
Rue de la Loi 155 Wetstraat
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 238 5270
Fax: +32 2 238 5299

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