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International Security Forum Bonn 2020

The International Security Forum Bonn 2020 is a high-level international event to ensure a dialogue on contemporary topics of foreign and security politics. The goal of the International Security Forum is to ensure a debate between experts and practitioners, to identify vital aspects of a successful European foreign and security policy, and develop holistic strategical solutions for pressing challenges. This year's Forum will concentrate on the challenges posed by shifts in the transatlantic relations, discuss the findings of the Task Force “The Future of Transatlantic Relations”, evaluate the upcoming to the global geo-economic and geo-political challenges as well as those posed by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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December 1 - December 5, 2020
Hosted by the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, University of Bonn.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's forum will take place as a digital event.

Webinar | Main Day |  Special Focus Day | Strategic Scenario Workshop I | Strategic Scenario Workshop II | ISFB Report 2019

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Webinar "What is the current German contribution to transatlantic security requirements?”

Hosted by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Introduction

Jeffrey Rathke, President of AICGS

Ulrich Schlie, Henry-Kissinger-Professor and Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn


Webinar

Slawek Debski, Polish Institute of International Affairs

David Bertolotti, former Director of Strategic Affairs at the French Foreign Ministry

Thomas Erndl*, Member of the German Bundestag, Deputy President of the Reservist Association of Deutsche Bundeswehr

Claudia Major, Head of Research Division International Security, SWP

Omid Nouripour, Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs of Alliance 90/The Greens' Parliamentary Group

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – Main Day "The Future of Transatlantic Relations - New Realities, New Ideas" 

Hosted by AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft e.V. and Institut français.

 

12.00 p.m. - 12.40 p.m. Registration

12.40 p.m. - 12.45 p.m. Introduction

Ulrich Schlie, Henry-Kissinger-Professor and Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn


12.45 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

Michael Hoch, Rector, University of Bonn

Volker Kronenberg, Dean of the Faculty of the Arts and Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn


1 p.m. - 1.20 p.m. Keynote Speech "The Future of Transatlantic Relations: A View from North Rhine-Westphalia"


1.20 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Presentation: Report of the TASK FORCE "Future of Transatlatic Relations"

Ulrich Schlie, Henry-Kissinger-Professor and Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn


Session One: “Germany and the Future of Transatlantic Relations”

1.30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Panel Discussion I
This discussion will be held in German / Diese Diskussion findeet in deutscher Sprache statt

Franziska Brantner, Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesperson on European Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary of Alliance 90/The Greens' Parliamentary Group  

Melissa Eddy, Berlin Correspondent, The New York Times

Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke, former Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Member of the German Bundestag, Deputy Chairman of the Free Democratic Party Parliamentary Group 

Christian Schmidt, Member of the German Bundestag, President of the German Atlantic Association, former Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture

Chair: Ulrich Schlie, Henry-Kissinger-Professor and Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn

 

Session Two: “Geo-Economics and Great Power Competition”

3.30 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. Keynote Speeches "What should Germany's role in transatlantic relations and in international affairs be? - Two Perspectives" 

Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Harold James, Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

4.30 - 5.30 p.m. Panel Discussion II

Peter Beyer, Member of the German Bundestag, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, Federal Foreign Office

Heiko Borchert, Borchert Consulting & Research AG, Zurich

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University

Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis

Frank Sportolari, President, The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.

Friedbert Pflüger, Managing Partner Bingmann Pflüger International, Professor for International Relations King’s College London, Executive Research Fellow, CASSIS, University of Bonn

Chair: Ulrike Franke, Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Affairs, London


Concluding Remarks

Jana Puglierin, Head of Berlin Office, European Council on Foreign Relations

 
6 p.m. Evening Talk "Thinking Ahead - Transatlantic Security"
Hosted by the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.

Introduction

Benjamin Becker, Director of the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.


Remarks 

Laura Kupe, Legal Counsel on the Committee on Homeland Security, US House of Representatives 

Elbridge Colby, Principal, The Marathon Initiative

Thursday, December 3, 2020 – Special Focus Day on "What to Learn from the Pandemic: Security in the Light of COVID-19"

Hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. 

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Registration


9 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Volker Kronenberg, Dean of the Faculty of the Arts and Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn

Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health


9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Keynote Speech

Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, Geneva


Session One: “Prelude: Health and Security Policy - A Neglected Relationship?”

10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Panel Discussion I

Annamarie B. Šehović, Associate Fellow, University of Warwick/University of Potsdam

Simon Dalby, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs & Wilfrid Laurier University

Stefan Elbe, Professor, Director Centre for Global Health Policy, University of Sussex

Roland Göhde*, German Health Alliance

Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director Europe, World Health Organisation

Jakob Rhyner, Scientific Director, Bonn Alliance ICB

Chair: Daniela Braun, Foreign and Security Affairs, Konrad Adenauer Foundation


Session Two: “Outbreak: Tackling the Pandemic – Locking Down or Keeping (Too) Cool?”

1 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. Panel Discussion II

Clément Beaune*, Minister of State for European Affairs, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Martin Exner, Professor, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn University 

Klaus-Ferdinand Gärditz, Professor, Public Law, University of Bonn

Devi Sridhar, Professor, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh

Elvira Rosert, Professor, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg University

Hans-Martin von Gaudecker, Professor, Institute for Applied Microeconomics, Bonn University 

Chair: Tara Varma, Head of Paris Office, European Council on Foreign Relations


Session Three: “Aftermath: The Geopolitics of the Pandemic – Trend Multiplier or Game Changer?”

3.15 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. Panel Discussion III: "Aftermath: The Geopolitics of the Pandemic - Trend Multiplier or Game Changer?"

Antoine Bondaz, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research

Christian Haggenmiller, Research Coordinator, Health Security Interface, GIDS

Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director, German Institute for Development (DIE)

Conrad Schetter, Director for Research, Bonn International Center for Conversion

Maike Voss, Research Division: Global Issues Associate, SWP

Olaf Wientzek, Head, Multilateral Dialogue Geneva, Konrad Adenauer Foundation 

Chair: Katharina Cramer, Research Fellow, CASSIS, University of Bonn


4.45 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. Keynote Speech

Michael Meyer-Hermann, Professor, Head of Systems Immunology, Helmholtz Centre


5.15 p.m. Conclusion

Maximilian Mayer, Professor, CASSIS, Bonn University 

 

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Digital Dinner

Introduction

 

Thomas Birringer, Deputy Head of Analysis and Consulting Department, Konrad Adenauer Foundation 

Chair: Maximilian Mayer, Professor, CASSIS, Bonn University


Remarks “Strategic Uncertainties and Sars-CoV2”

Hendrik Streeck, Director, Institute for Virology, Bonn University 

Friday, December 4, 2020 – Strategic Scenario Workshop "Transatlantic Security 2025" I (by Invitation only!)

Hosted by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit & JungeDGAP NRW/Bonn.

10.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Registration

 
11 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Iris Müller, Communications Specialist, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Philip Ackermann, Regional Coordinator Young DGAP NRW/Bonn

Chair: Victoria Toriser, Foresight Expert, Repuco


11.15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Session One: Identify Key Scenarios


4 p.m. - 6. p.m. Session Two: Scenario Assessment and Analyzing Consequences 

Saturday, December 5, 2020 – Strategic Scenario Workshop "Transatlantic Security 2025" II (by Invitation only!)

Hosted by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit & JungeDGAP NRW/Bonn.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Session Three: Pick Areas of Strategic Action


1 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Keynote: Strategy Development 

Olaf Theiler, Head of Prospective Analysis, Federal Ministry of Defence

 

1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Session Four: Recommendations for Action and Strategies 

 
3.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Conclusion

Enrico Fels, Managing Director, CASSIS, Bonn University

James Bindenagel*, Senior Professor, CASSIS, Bonn University

  

*tbc

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This is a preliminary program.

 

Would you like to know more about the Forum? Check out the report of last year's forum.                

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