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COMPACT PLAYERS & ORGANISATIONS Diplomatic missions Germany maintains diplomatic relations with 195 countries and has a global presence with 227 missions, 153 of them embassies. → diplo.de Multilateral organisations Germany assumes responsibility in multilateral organisations such as the United Nations (UN), Foreign policy think tanks the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Important foreign and security policy research insti- Alliance (NATO), the Organization for Security tutes include the German Council on Foreign Rela- and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Euro- tions (DGAP), the German Institute of Global and pean Council, the Organisation for Economic Area Studies (GIGA), the Peace Research Institute Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the Frankfurt (PRIF), the Institute for Peace Research World Trade Organization (WTO), and the In- and Security Policy (IFSH), and German Institute ternational Monetary Fund (IMF). for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Bundeswehr Political foundations Following an internal reform the Bundeswehr The foundations closely associated with the now has around 180,000 active soldiers, of which German political parties CDU, CSU, SPD, 19,000 are women. In 2015, a total of 2,500 The Left party, Alliance 90/The Greens, and FDP members of the German armed forces were de- have offices worldwide. With federal funds, ployed to missions in 16 different crisis areas. they promote dialogue and development in → bundeswehr.de partner countries. Experts in conflict prevention The Centre for International Peace Operations trains civilian specialists for missions in crisis regions and provides experts. → zif-berlin.org DIGITAL PLUS More information about all the topics in the chapter – annotated link lists, articles, documents, speeches; plus more in-depth information about the European Union as well as short portraits of the multilateral organisations. → tued.net/en/dig2