The EastWest Institute (EWI) announced today Dr. Wolfgang Klapper as the new head of EWI’s Brussels Center and director of the Afghanistan Reconnected Program. The German Foreign Office assigns as a senior diplomat to the EastWest Institute—a legacy of EWI contributions to Germany. That diplomat serves as vice president and head of the Brussels office.
Dr. Klapper comes to the EastWest Institute from Algeria where he was Deputy Ambassador at the German Embassy in Algiers. He will be replacing Ambassador Martin Fleischer, who is moving on to represent the German government as Consul General in Guangzhou, China.
“We warmly welcome Dr. Klapper, who is prepared to apply his own stamp to the work of our Brussels office and continue our timely and invaluable efforts on Afghanistan and economic and political cooperation in Central and Southwest Asia,’ said Ambassador Cameron Munter, CEO & President of the EastWest Institute.
“EWI also extends its appreciation to Martin Fleischer, who joined us in August 2014 and since that time made a significant contribution to guiding and expanding the Afghanistan Reconnected Program.”
Born in Leverkusen, Dr. Klapper has been in the German foreign service for more than 25 years since his first assignment in Bonn, he has since served in numerous postings, including Ireland, Malawi, Australia and France. Dr. Klapper studied Law at the Universities of Freiburg, Munich and Bonn and obtained his PhD at the University of Bonn in 1989.