GMF - German Marshall Fund




Senior Director, Foreign and Security Policy: Ian Lesser

EuroMeSCo "liaison officer": Rosa Balfour

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.

Objectives of the Euromed/Middle East programme(s)

GMF’s Mediterranean Policy Program produces objective analysis and debate on regional geopolitical questions of transatlantic concern, with an emphasis on trilateral projects. The Program spans southern Europe, Turkey, North Africa and the Levant, and underscores the growing interdependence between the Mediterranean and adjacent regions. GMF adds a transatlantic perspective to the work of EuroMeSCo, focusing on the connections between Mediterranean, transatlantic, and global dynamics.

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

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