Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight – Global Energy Transitions
Master of Arts in "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS)
International Security Forum Bonn
Interdisciplinary Research Projects
Integrated Security and Global Sustainability
Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight – Global Energy Transitions
Master of Arts in "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS)
International Security Forum Bonn
Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Our Mission

The Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) is an interdisciplinary research center at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in the field of strategic foresight, European and security policy research. Committed to the approach "Global Challenges Need European Responses", CASSIS contributes in interdisciplinary and inter-institutional work to develop, evaluate and publicly discuss European strategies to current challenges in the field of foreign and security policy. 

Our Partners

Since 2019, CASSIS has developed into an important platform for the transfer of academic expertise and knowledge on pressing strategic topics both to the academic and non-academic audiences through a range of our research and high-profile teaching and event formats. While doing so, we were able to receive invaluable support from our great partners. CASSIS is very grateful to their support and we are proud to be well connected to many wonderful institutions. Together with our valued and trusted partners, we are able to foster discussions on matters of strategic importance near and abroad and jointly conduct and advance important research projects.


Dossier Middle East

The experts at CASSIS analyse the current conflict in Gaza and other escalations in the Middle East and offer relevant information on its context and background.

Dossier Ukraine

The experts of CASSIS offer in various formats from their interdisciplinary perspectives classification and analysis on the Russian attack on Ukraine and its background.

Dossier Ukraine

The International Security Forum Bonn 2023

From 19 October to 22 October 2023, ISFB will be held for the eighth time in person on the premises of the University of Excellence Bonn as the most important international security conference in North Rhine-Westphalia and all neighboring federal states.

Our Focus

Research at CASSIS revolves around a broad conception of security: On the one hand, the focus lies on the interdisciplinary examination of traditional foreign and security issues such as inter-state conflicts, competing international systems of order and a return of geopolitics. On the other hand, researchers examine non-traditional security challenges such as cyber and energy security, terrorism and human security, focusing in particular on health and food security.

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Integrated Security and Global Sustainability


Lead:                                                     Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz 
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie

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Security and Strategy Research

Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategy Research

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie

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Global Infrastructures

Politics and Governance of Global Infrastructures

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer

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Challenge East - Handlungsstrategien der Europäer in der östlichen Nachbarschaft

Lead:                                                     Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz                         Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder

CASSIS at the Parliamentary Breakfast “Silk Road”

On Friday, July 5, 2024, the Johannes Rau Research Association held the Parliamentary Breakfast “Silk Road” in North Rhine-Westphalia's State Parliament, where Nicolas Huppenbauer from CASSIS presented research from his doctoral thesis on the topic of “De-Risking or Connectivity - China’s Economic Role in NRW.”

Young Leaders Summer Academy on "Climate change and Security"

The CASSIS and the ICI organised a Summer Academy for future decision-makers from the Middle East and Europe, focussing on the nexus of climate change and security.

Congratulations to Dr. Enrico Fels for a third-party funding success!

We are pleased to announce that the Managing Director of CASSIS and security expert Dr. Enrico Fels has been successful in obtaining funding from the European Climate Foundation for the research project on "H2 Reality Check - Reappraising the EU's H2 Strategy in a New Era of Geopolitical Disruptions", which will start in July 2024. Congratulations to him and the colleagues involved!

MSIS-students visit NATO Headquarters and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels

From June 27 to 28, 2024, students from the Master’s Program “Strategy and International Security” (MSIS) embarked on an insightful field trip to Brussels, visiting the Brussels office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and NATO Headquarters. The field trip was organized by Dr. Cedric Bierganns, KAS Bonn, Philipp van Helden, Research Fellow at the Henry-Kissinger-Chair for Security and Strategic Studies and Ambassador (ret.) Dirk Brengelmann, Fellow at CASSIS. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty, the students engaged in discussions with high-ranking officials from EU, NATO, and other renowned think tanks about current challenges and the future of transatlantic and European Security.

"Tech Middle Power" Workshop 2024

How can middle powers succeed in maintaining an independent technology policy in the face of intensifying rivalry between the United States and China? Through more cooperation!

Seminar on the debate on German Foreign Security Policy with Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Member of the German Bundestag

How has the debate on German Foreign Policy changed since the German Reunification 1990? In a seminar organised together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Herdegen, Director of the Institute for Public International Law and Institute for Public Law at the University of Bonn, and Dr. Norbert Röttgen, member of the German Bundestag, the students from the Master's programme "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS) delved into the controversial questions of Germany's position in the world and its historical legacy.

Re-election of the CASSIS Board of Directors and admission of new voting members of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies at the University of Bonn recently met. As part of the Steering Committee meeting, the current CASISS directors were re-elected. In addition, two new voting members of the Steering Committee were elected. Our warmest congratulations!

CASSIS team at the International Studies Association Convention (ISA) in San Francisco

CASSIS was strongly represented at the International Studies Association (ISA) 2024 this year. Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer, PD Dr. Ante Nötzold, Yen-Chi Lu, Philip Nock, Nelson Quame and Maximilian Schranner took part in the largest and most important annual conference in the field of international relations with various contributions.

Current Media Contributions
Dr Frank Umbach in an NTV interview on how to deal with a possible Trump victory

In an interview with NTV, CASSIS Fellow Dr Frank Umbach analyses the extent to which Europe and Germany have adequately prepared for a second Trump presidency.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder in Zeit Online on the federal budget

In a guest article in Zeit Online, Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder criticises the planned cuts to diplomacy and development aid in the draft budget.

Dr. Joachim Weber in an NTV interview about Putin's war economy

In an interview with NTV, Dr. Joachim Weber analyses the Russian war economy and the prospect of a war of exhaustion.

Dr. Hans-Dieter Heumann in a Focus Online interview on Trump and NATO

In an interview with Focus Online, Dr. Hans-Dieter Heumann analyses the potential consequences for NATO if Donald Trump wins the presidential election.

Dr. Frank Umbach in an NTV interview on the assassination attempt on Trump

CASSIS Fellow Dr. Frank Umbach comments on the assassination attempt on Donald Trump and its impact on the election campaign in an interview with NTV.

Dr. Landry Charrier in an interview with Deutsche Welle on populist economic policy

In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Dr. Landry Charrier analyzes the appeal and possible consequences of populist economic policy in France.

Dr. Frank Umbach in an NTV interview on Russian losses

In an interview with NTV, CASSIS Fellow Dr. Frank Umbach analyzes the delivery of further Patriot systems, high casualty figures among the Russian armed forces and the behaviour of the German government.

Dr. Frank Umbach in an NTV interview on the attack on a children's clinic

CASSIS Fellow Dr. Frank Umbach comments on the news of a Russian attack on a Ukrainian children's clinic in an interview with NTV.


CASSIS offers a wide range of events on current foreign and security policy issues. 

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Past events
Afghanistan im Kreuzfeuer: Zwischen Taliban und Geopolitik
University Forum Bonn, ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Afghanistan is once again at the center of international attention. With the abrupt withdrawal of US troops and the rapid takeover of power by the Taliban in ...
Der Duisburger Hafen – eine unterschätzte maritime Infrastruktur
Lecture Hall VII, Main ...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) is the owner and management company of the Port of Duisburg, the largest inland port in the world. As the most important trade ...
What Triggers Extreme Food Insecurity? The case of Somalia
Genscherallee 3, 53113 ...
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Join us to explore the complex interplay of climatic shocks, violent conflicts, and food insecurity in Somalia from 2017 to 2023. This event will provide a ...
Die Bekämpfung von Piraterie & Terrorismus auf Hoher See
Lecture Hall VII, Main ...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
In the third decade of the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly clear that we are facing major challenges. Humanity's hunger for resources is growing, ...

Current Scientific Publications
The Challenges of Protecting Critical Undersea Infrastructure

In his publication, Dr. Frank Umbach analyses the security policy challenges for NATO in defending critical undersea infrastructure against Russia.

The memory of July 20, 1944: more relevant than ever today

On the 80th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie discusses the significance of the memorial day today.

Ludwig Erhard - Experiences for the future. My time as Chancellor (1963-1966)

More than 45 years after his death, the memoirs of the German Chancellor and father of the economic miracle Ludwig Erhard are now being published. The work is edited by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie in cooperation with the Ludwig Erhard Foundation.

Reichsgraf Paul Wolff Metternich zur Gracht

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlies' article in the “New German Biography” provides an overview of the life and work of the diplomat Paul Metternich as German ambassador in London from 1901 to 1912, who was a great advocate of German-British rapprochement throughout his life.

Neo-Ottoman Soft Power: AKP’s Strategic Use of Turkish-Islamic Organizations in the German-Speaking Diaspora

In his new specialist publication, PD Dr. Hüseyin Çiçek sheds light on how the AKP is increasingly relying on soft power as a power mechanism alongside established political alliances in order to promote its interests internationally. Particular attention is paid to addressing and integrating the Turkish diaspora through emotional and cultural ties. The analysis also touches on the impact of the AKP's minority policy on its foreign policy ambitions.

Strategic competition in space: politics, law, security and economics in space

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, this anthology takes stock of the current activities, legal framework, political and military lines of conflict and areas of cooperation as well as further trends and challenges in space. On the one hand, the legal, military, economic and technological challenges of the growing importance of this strategically important area are analyzed. On the other hand, the ability and need for action of selected space powers, their cooperation possibilities and conflict potentials as well as the need for international political regulation are worked out and, based on this, political recommendations for action are presented.

The ministerial dismissals of Rudolf Scharping (SPD) and Norbert Röttgen (CDU) in comparative perspective

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlies' contribution provides a comparative historical analysis of the ministerial dismissals of Rudolf Scharping as Defense Minister by Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in July 2002 and of Norbert Röttgen as Environment Minister by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in May 2012.

Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight 2023 – Global Energy Transitions

The Bonn Future Lab on Strategic Foresight took place as the second segment of the International Security Forum Bonn 2023 from October 20-22, 2023 in the UN and federal city of Bonn. Over the course of the multi-day format, the strategic challenges, risks and opportunities arising from the changing energy landscape were discussed and the resulting future prospects for German and European energy policy were examined.


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