SWP Armed Forces Dialogue


The purpose of the Armed Forces Dialogue is:

  1. to provide access to high ranking, and (when possible) young military leaders of foreign armed forces;
  2. to enable a critical dialogue about current foreign and security policy themes of mutual interest;
  3. to maintain bilateral cooperation in the defense field;
  4. and finally, to familiarize foreign military leaders with goals and values of the West and the role of armed forces in a democratic society.

The German Ministry of Defense considers the annual armed forces dialogue to be "a cornerstone" of bilateral military relations. Since 1993, up to 300 officers from the Russian Federation and more than 250 officers from the Ukraine were participants of an Armed Forces Dialogue. These confidential encounters do not only offer orientation for military leaders, but also serve as a foundation for broader bilateral measures and as a stimulus for concrete reform incentives in the armed forces.