born in 1948 in Kronberg in the Taunus, is former German ambassador to China and Japan. He is Senior Distinguished Fellow with the Board of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs [SWP], and teaches at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. His latest books are »Die ratlose Außenpolitik und warum sie den Rückhalt der Gesellschaft braucht« [2019; tr.: Clueless Foreign Policy and Why It Needs Society’s Backing], and »Diplomacy and Artificial Intelligence. Reflections on Practical Assistance for Diplomatic Negotiations« [2022, with Daniel Voelsen].