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.


Current

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
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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



Lead:
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

News
"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 regarding the debate on German Foreign Security Policiy with Dr. Norbert Röttgen

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.

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

The new transdisciplinary CASSIS publication series "Security, Strategy & Innovation" aims to make an innovative contribution to the German and European security policy debate. It brings together forward-looking perspectives, strategically important topics and pioneering conceptual and methodological approaches. The series, which is published by Springer VS, kicks off with the anthology "Strategic Competition in Space: Politics, Law, Security and Economics in Space". The volume is edited by PD Dr. Antje Nötzold (Research Associate at the Chair of International Politics at Chemnitz University of Technology and Senior Fellow at CASSIS), Dr. Enrico Fels (Managing Director of CASSIS), Andrea Rotter (Head of Department for Foreign and Security Policy at a political foundation) and Dr. Moritz Brake (Senior Fellow at CASSIS).

Start of the lecture series "75 years of NATO"

NATO celebrated its 75th birthday on 4 April 2024. Since its foundation in 1949, the number of its member states has grown from twelve to 32, and the global political context and the public's assessment of NATO have changed significantly. Its anniversary is the occasion for the lecture series "75 Years of NATO", organised by the Henry Kissinger Professorship at CASSIS at the University of Bonn and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Against the backdrop of the latest turning point in the organisation's history, Russia's attack on Ukraine, the lecture series take a look on the current secruity situation in an exchange with international experts from practice and academia.

Summer School on "The Geography of Hunger in a Multi-Crisis World" in August

The University of Cantabria, the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS, University of Bonn) and the Spanish Network for Development Studies (REEDES), with the sponsorship of the BBVA Foundation and AECID, have jointly organized a summer school on "The Geography of Hunger in a Multi-Crisis World", which will take place from 26.08. - 30.08.2024 in Santander. The event arises from a research project of the interdisciplinary research project "The Geography of Hunger and Famine in a Multi-Crisis World".

CASSIS employee Mando Gloger represents the University of Bonn at the Next Forum in Milan

Mando Gloger, research assistant to Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer at CASSIS, had the opportunity to take part in the Next Forum in Milan. As part of the student contingent of the U7+ Alliance, a global university network from 20 countries, he represented the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in Milan. Founded in addition to the G7, the presidents of the universities of the U7+ Alliance meet annually in the run-up to the G7 conferences to explore solutions and potential for cooperation between universities in response to global challenges.

Current Media Contributions
PD Dr. Antje Nötzold in idw on strategic competition in space

In an interview with "idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft", PD Dr. Antje Nötzold, Fellow at CASSIS, assessed the security policy situation of strategic competition in and around space.

Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Simona Autolitano, a PhD student supervised by Prof Dr Maximilian Mayer and Policy Officer at the BSI, argues in a policy brief as part of Italy's G7 presidency for more cooperation between the G7 in the systematic use of artificial intelligence in the field of cyber security.

Mitigating AI-Generated Disinformation: A Cyber Collaborative Framework for G7 Governance

Simona Autolitano, a PhD student supervised by Prof Dr Maximilian Mayer and Policy Officer at the BSI, and two other authors make the case for countering AI-generated disinformation with a cyber security approach in a policy brief as part of Italy's G7 presidency.

Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg in Rundschau Online on the results of the European elections

Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg, spokesman and director of CASSIS, assesses the results of the European elections in an interview with Rundschau Online.

Guest commentary by Ulrich Schlie in the NZZ on the 80th anniversary of D-Day

On June 6, 1944, D-Day began on the west coast of France. The Allies' approach was ingenious and already contained within it the plan to reorganize Europe.

Prof. Schlie and Prof. Sautermeister in the NZZ: Messages of peace that disturb

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie and Prof. Dr. Dr. Jochen Sautermeister, Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Bonn, comment on the Catholic Church's attempts to establish a new peace ethic in a guest article in the NZZ of 01.06.2024.

Dr. Joachim Weber in an NTV interview on D-Day

In an interview with NTV, CASSIS Fellow and security expert Dr. Joachim Weber warns about D-Day.

Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg in a WELT interview on the European elections

Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg, spokesman and director of CASSIS, explains the current significance of the European elections against the backdrop of the attack in Mannheim in an interview with WELT.


Events

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

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Upcoming events
Ein Küstenland auf Schlingerkurs
Hörsaal VII, Hauptgebäude...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
German shipbuilding has been in a permanent crisis for decades and yet is constantly reinventing itself, with varying degrees of success. Mass shipbuilding has ...
Modernisierung des Rechtssystems in China
Zoom
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Since the beginning of Xi Jinping's tenure as ‘paramount leader’, China's legal system has undergone a major transformation. Following the reconstruction of ...
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, ...
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 ...
Past events
Der Tiefseebergbau zwischen Rohstoffsicherung und Nachhaltigkeit
Lecture Hall VII, Main ...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
The current debate on the security of supply of raw materials for industry is about reliable sources of supply. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 ...
Maritime Kritische Infrastrukturen und ihre Gefährdung
Lecture Hall VII, Main ...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
Since the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines at the latest, the topic of maritime critical infrastructure has moved more into the media spotlight. A ...
Energiewende auf dem Meer?
Lecture Hall VII, Main ...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
The oceans play a particularly important role in energy production. Oil and gas have been extracted from the seabed of the North Sea since the 1960s. ...
Der Ozean als Wissensraum
Lecture Hall VII, Main ...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
Germany maintains an extensive fleet of research vessels. The production of knowledge in and about the world's oceans represents a central contribution to ...

Current Scientific Publications
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.

The security significance of space and NewSpace in the Ukraine war

In her new publication, PD Dr. Antje Nötzold sheds light on the increased importance of space as a new domain of warfare in the Ukraine war. In particular, she focuses on the role of private sector actors in the course of the developments surrounding "New Space".

Developmental tendencies of the state and the community of states and the reflection in the work of Koselleck

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie will analyze questions of the transformation of the state and the state system with particular reference to the work of Reinhart Koselleck. He will focus in particular on the future as a category of history, crisis, sovereignty and the relationship between the international community and the nation state.

Report | Bonn Vision Lab – Envisioning Zeitenwende

The Bonn Vision Lab 2030 brought together young scientists at CASSIS to share their visions for the coming years. The results and methodology of the workshop were summarized in the report.


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