International Security Forum Bonn 2022

September 29 - October 2, 2022

The International Security Forum Bonn, since many years, serves as a platform to convene distinguished international experts and practitioners of security and foreign policy to debate the future of transatlantic relations and key challenges in international politics.  The aim is to identify ways and means for a successful German, European and transatlantic foreign and security policy and to develop and discuss comprehensive strategic solutions to pressing security challenges.

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From 29 September to 2 October 2022, the ISFB will take place for the seventh time in the UN and federal city as the most significant international security conference in North Rhine-Westphalia and all neighboring federal states. After two years of digital/hybrid implementation during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, in 2022, the ISFB will again be conducted entirely in person.

The ISFB is composed of a transatlantic conference day, the Main Day (on Sept. 29), which focuses primarily on traditional security policy issues, and the new Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight (Sept. 30 - Oct. 02). 

The Main Day of the International Security Forum Bonn 2022 will take place under the patronage of Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst. Under the title "Zeitenwende - A New Era in International Relations and Security Cooperation", international experts will gather in Bonn to discuss the future of transatlantic relations in the shadow of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. What transformations await the Transatlantic Alliance and German, American and European foreign and security policy in the face of Russian acts of violence on the EU's borders? Which thematic issues, but also which regions and developments there, will be of decisive importance for the alliance and the security of its members in the coming years? The experts will also discuss the growing problem of antisemitism from a global perspective. What does this phenomenon imply not only for society but also for transnational security cooperation and the fight against antisemitism? Another panel will focus middle powers. Getting into the shadow of debates about Great Power dynamics, the experts will elaborate what new opportunities do middle power bring to security cooperation in the face of geopolitical upheavals.

The Bonn Future Lab is a new multi-day format consisting of two core segments: First, an international conference day, which will focus on global megatrends, especially from a security but also from a development perspective (in 2022: "Climate Change and Security"). In a second step, this international conference day will be combined with a Strategic Foresight Workshop, in which the techniques and methods of strategic foresight will be conveyed to young multipliers ("decision-makers of the day after tomorrow"), who have previously gained an insight into the current scientific debates through the expert discussions with renowned national and international experts.

More information about this year’s International Security Forum will follow in due course.

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Public Events

“Zeitenwende" - A New Era in International Relations and Security
Am Hof 1, 53111 Bonn
12:00 - 18:00
The Main Day of the International Security Forum Bonn 2022 will take place under the title "Zeitenwende - A New Era in International Relations and Security ...
Assessing Climate and Security Research in North Rhine-Westphalia
Am Hof 1, 53111 Bonn
16:30 - 18:00
This Panel Discussion is part of the Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight "Climate Change and Security". The Bonn Future Lab is a new multi-day format ...
The Importance and Implementation of Strategic Foresight
Am Hof 1, 53111 Bonn
09:00 - 10:30
This Event is part of the Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight "Climate Change and Security". The Bonn Future Lab is a new multi-day format consisting of ...
A view on Climate Change and Security from the Regions
Am Hof 1, 53111 Bonn
09:00 - 10:00
This Event is part of the Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight "Climate Change and Security". The Bonn Future Lab is a new multi-day format consisting of ...

Program

Main Day: "Zeitenwende" - A New Era in International Relations and Security Cooperation

Thursday, September 29, 2022

11:30 a.m.

Welcoming remarks

12:00 a.m.

Introduction

12:15 a.m.

Keynote Speech

1:00 p.m.

Snapshot from New Hampshire

1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion I
"Paradigm Shift in German Foreign and Security Policy?"

3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion II
"Renaissance of Transatlantic Relations?"

4:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion III
"Antisemitism as a Growing Problem in an Age of Uncertainty - A Global Perspective"

6:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion IV
"Tech Middle Powers in the Geopolitical Storm: New Opportunities for Strategic Cooperation"

8:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight "Climate Change and Security"

Friday, September 30, 2022

10:00 a.m.

Welcoming remarks

10:15 a.m.

Keynote of the Patron

11:00 a.m.

Input Session 1
“The Nexus of Climate Change and Security in a New Epoch of Geopolitics”

2:30 p.m.

Input Session 2
“Tackling Climate Security – Governance, Actors, Tools” 

4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion (public)
„Assessing Climate and Security Research in North Rhine-Westphalia“

Saturday, October 1, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Wake-Up Call (public)
“The Importance and Implementation of Strategic Foresight”

11:00 a.m.

Introduction

11:30 a.m.

Uncertainty Analysis

3:00 p.m.

Scenario Development

Sunday, October 2, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Wake-Up Call (public)
“A View on Climate Change and Security from the Regions”

10:00 a.m.

Recap

10:30 a.m.

Strategy Development I

2:00 p.m.

Strategy Development II

3:30 p.m.

Presentation and Discussion of the Strategies

5:30 p.m.

Debriefing


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