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Our Mission

The Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) is a new 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. 


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 2022

From 29 September to 2 October 2022, the ISFB took 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 was conducted entirely in person.

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.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.

EUCERS: Climate an Energy Security

European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security

Dr. Friedbert Pflüger
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz,
Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg,

Globus der den atlantischen Ozean zeigt
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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 Infrastructure

Politik and Governance of Global Infrastructures

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer


International Security Forum Bonn

The ISFB is a high-level international event to ensure dialogue on current foreign and security policy issues.

CASSIS-Members Maximilian Schranner, Philip Nock and Frederik Schmitz in Blog 49security

Cassis staff members Maximilian Schranner, Frederik Schmitz and Philip Nock, together with Lukas Hochscheidt and Leonie Hopgood, write a post on Blog 49security about why the next generation of security policymakers is ready to take responsibility for tough decisions. 

CASSIS Senior Fellow Dr. Katharina C. Cramer receives prestigious DAAD PRIME Fellowship

Dr. Katharina C. Cramer receives presitgious DAAD PRIME Fellowship.

On the way to a circular economy

Dr. Katharina Cramer and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer will lead a sub-project of the four-year EU project called ReMade@ARI from September 1st.

Measurement of Digital Dependence

The Digital Dependence Index provides a precise description of the state of affairs that can be used to assess whether the current policy approach in Brussels and Berlin, as well as the extent of the investments that have been initiated, are more than merely symbolic.

Call for Paper!

for the anthology "Strategic Competition in Space. Politics, Law, Security and Economics in Space".

International Security Forum Bonn 2021 Report

The International Security Forum Bonn 2021 was a high-level international event to ensure a dialogue on contemporary topics of foreign and security politics.

Report Sicherheitsforschung.NRW

The new report provides an overview of the state of security policy research in North Rhine-Westphalia (in German and English language).


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

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
Upcoming events
Dt.-Franz. Strat. Dialog: Gemeinsames Engagement in Westafrika?
via Zoom
06:30 - 08:00
Der im August 2022 angekündigte Rückzug Frankreichs aus der fast zehnjährigen militärischen Operation Barkhane in der afrikanischen Sahelzone, der mit dem ...
Past events
Die gegenwärtige Deutsche Marine als Instrument der Außenpolitik
Fontainengraben 150, ...
07:00 - 08:30
The intention of the lecture by Captain Lieutenant Dr. Moritz Brake, followed by a discussion, is to use the operational history of the navy over the last 30 ...
Nordrhein-Westfalen und die Welt
Festsaal of University ...
06:00 - 07:30
In May 2022, the Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategy Research at CASSIS launched the event series "North Rhine-Westphalia and the World", ...
Autonomy in the Digital Age Conference 2022
University of Bonn ...
The conference “Autonomy in the Digital Age: Rethinking Relationships between Humans, Technology, and Society” aims to encourage a conversation among all ...
Artificial Intelligence Solutions in a Turbulent World
04:00 - 07:30
In times of political and economic insecurity, the use of Artificial Intelligence offers the promise to help business, societies and technical systems to ...

Current Scientific Publications
Infrastructuring Cyberspace: Exploring China’s Imaginary and Practices of Selective Connectivity

Nicolas Huppenbauer, Dr. Ying Huang and Prof. Maximilian Mayer explore the tension between digital fragmentations and connectivity in Chinese cyberspace and introduce a new term "selective connectivity".

Cyberspace Fragmentation from the Perspective of Technology Trends

Associate Fellow Ying Huang explores the issues of cyberspace fragmentation and global cyberspace governance in her article for the Journal of International Studies (国际政治研究). So far it is only available in Chinese.

South Korea's Response to COVID-19: Lessons for Pandemic Preparedness and Agile Crisis Management

Prof. Maximilian Mayer and Ga Young Lee are examining the genesis of South Korea's proactive pandemic management and the resulting learning processes.

Chinas Interesse an Afghanistans Rohstoffreichtum

Dr. Frank Umbach discusses China's interest in Afghanistan's wealth of raw materials and the implications for EU security of supply with regard to critical raw materials.

China's Engagement in Africa: Activities, Effects and Trends

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer writes on China's technological influence in Africa as part of a Center for Global Studies publication.

“Der Glasgower Klimagipfel 2021 – Die Energie- und Klimapolitik der Hauptemittenten EU, USA, China und Russland“

Dr Frank Umbach discusses the Glasgow 2021 Climate Summit in his publication in Political Studies.

Russia’s Cyber Fog in the Ukraine War

The all-out Russian war effort to conquer Ukraine will lead to a rise in cyberattacks on both Ukrainian and Western critical infrastructure.

Digital currencies, monetary sovereignty, and U.S.–China power competition

Prof. Dr. Maximilan Mayer and Dr. Ying Huang discuss digital currencies, monetary sovereignty, and U.S.–China power competition in their new research article. 


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