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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.

You can download the full report of the International Security Forum 2020 here

For an overview of all public events click here

Webinar | Main Day |  Special Focus Day | Foresight Workshop I | Foresight 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).

Public Event – Register here.

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

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

Slawek Debski, Polish Institute of International Affairs

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

Volker Ullrich, Member of the German Bundestag, CSU, Committee on European Union Affairs
 

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.

 
12.40 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"

Mark Speich, State Secretary for Federal, European and International Affairs, State of 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 findet 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 

Stefan Kornelius, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of Süddeutsche Zeitung

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. - Stream on Youtube

Introduction

Thomas Weber, Chair in History and International Affairs, University of Aberdeen 


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

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

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" - Public Event | Register here.
Hosted by the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.

Introduction

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


Remarks 

Elbridge Colby, Principal, The Marathon Initiative

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

Detlef Wächter, Ambassador, Policy Director at the German Federal Ministry of Defense

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

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. 

9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. – Stream on Youtube

Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Maximilian Mayer, Professor, CASSIS, University of Bonn

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

Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health

Keynote Speech "What to Learn from the Pandemic: Security in the Light of COVID-19"

Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, Geneva

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


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

Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director Europe, World Health Organisation

Michael Rabbow, German Health Alliance

Jakob Rhyner, Scientific Director, Bonn Alliance ICB

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

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch Break 

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

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

Martin Exner, Professor, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn

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

Werner Gephart, Professor, Director (Founding Director) at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture", University of Bonn

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

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

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

Coffee Break

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)

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 "Human agents in pandemic scenarios" – Stream on Youtube

Michael Meyer-Hermann, Professor, Head of the Department of Systems Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research


5.15 p.m. Conclusion

Maximilian Mayer, Professor, CASSIS, University of Bonn

 

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

Introduction

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


Remarks “Strategic Uncertainties and Sars-CoV-2”

Hendrik Streeck, Director, Institute for Virology, University of Bonn

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

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

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

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 – Foresight Workshop "Transatlantic Security 2025" II (by Invitation only!)

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

 

9.30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Keynote: Strategic Foresight as Contribution to Strategy Development

Olaf Theiler, Branch Head Future Research, Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning

 

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

 

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

 
3.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Conclusion

James Bindenagel, Senior Professor, CASSIS, University of Bonn

Enrico Fels, Managing Director, CASSIS, University of Bonn

Overview of all public program items

December 1, 2020 - Webinar - hosted by AICGS

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. "What is the current German contribution to transatlantic security requirements?"

REGISTER HERE

December 2, 2020 - Main Day

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

STREAM ON YOUTUBE

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Evening Talk "Thinking Ahead - Transatlantic Security"

REGISTER HERE

December 3, 2020 - Special Focus Day

9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Introduction and Keynote "What to Learn from the Pandemic: Security in the Light of COVID-19"

4.45 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. Keynote "Human agents in pandemic scenarios"

STREAM ON YOUTUBE

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 You can find the press release on the International Security Forum 2020 here. 

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

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