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We Mourn Sylke Tempel


The German Council on Foreign Relations and the BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL team mourn the death of Dr Sylke Tempel.

It is with great sadness that the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the German Foreign Office report the death of Dr Sylke Tempel, Editor-in-Chief of the DGAP journals INTERNATIONALE POLITIK and BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL. She died in an accident on October 5, 2017.

Dr Sylke Tempel was an extraordinary person who influenced the debate on foreign policy in Germany and far beyond. She shaped the public discourse on international affairs in the media, as an expert at political and public events, and was also a sought-after commentator on German foreign policy. Through her work, she helped many inside and outside Germany gain a better understanding of German foreign policy.

Since 2008, Dr Sylke Tempel reimagined the DGAP’s foreign policy journals and turned them into important reference points for those interested in international affairs.

Dr Arend Oetker, President of the German Council on Foreign Relations: “In Dr Sylke Tempel, the German Council on Foreign Relations loses an outstanding member of the German media and political community. As a commentator and academic, she significantly influenced national and international debates and was a key sparring partner on German policy issues.”

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel: “We are mourning a good friend and a passionate foreign policy advocate. Her death is a heavy loss for us in Germany and far beyond. Those who have followed Dr Sylke Tempel’s path, her analyses, and her contributions to debates and discussions over the years, hugely treasured her brilliance and her warmth, her subtlety and her political acumen.“