International Security Forum Bonn
Master of Arts in "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS)
Interdisciplinary Research Projects
Integrated Security and Global Sustainability
International Security Forum Bonn
Master of Arts in "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS)
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. 


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


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

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.

Ulrich Schlie in conversation with Berthold Graf von Stauffenberg at the Ruhr University Bochum

The AStA of Ruhr-Universität Bochum organised a discussion between Prof. Dr Ulrich Schlie and Berthold Graf von Stauffenberg on 19 February 1924 under the title "20 July 1944: A traitor's child all of a sudden", to which university students were invited.

Obituary of Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger died on Wednesday at the age of 100.

CASSIS Senior Fellow Dr. Katharina C. Cramer receives EXIST Women Scholarship from BMWK

Dr. Cramer receives one of ten EXIST-Women scholarships awarded by the Transfer Center enaCom at the University of Bonn and financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Signing of Collaborative Teaching Agreement between Centre for Migration Studies in Accra and CASSIS

A high-profile delegation from the University of Ghana visited the University of Bonn as part of the International Days. The two universities are linked by a strategic partnership based on university-wide cooperation in the areas of study, teaching and research. Following a visit by the Bonn university management to Accra before the start of the global corona pandemic, the return visit from Ghana, which lasted several days, was an important milestone in the cooperation.

Germany's Role in the World

CASSIS Senior Fellow James. D. Bindenagel comments on the development of Germany's international position in CIVIS magazine (Aug/2023) and on the American-German Institute's website.

FOCUS online article by Dr. Hans-Dieter Heumann on the current situation in Israel

Ambassador (ret.) Dr. Hans-Dieter Heumann, Senior Fellow at CASSIS, will speak about what impact the current situation in Israel may have on the relationship between Israel and its Arab neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia.

The Master's programme "Strategy and International Security" starts at the University of Bonn

With the start of the winter semester 2023/2024, the new Master's programme "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS) at the Institute of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn has started. 

Current Media Contributions
Ulrich Schlie on the role of the 2014 Maidan protests in Weltspiegel (ARD)

In Weltspiegel (ARD), Ulrich Schlie talked about the role of the Maidan protests in the history of Ukraine.

Is Europe Still Relevant?

Prof. Dr Maximilian Mayer and Prof. Dr Emilian Kavalski, Professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, raise the question in a guest article for the National Interest of whether Europe still has any global political relevance at all and what options it has in the face of the geopolitical upheavals of the present days.

Why the AfD continues to grow in Germany despite its "national socialist tendencies".

Dr. Landry Charrier speaks in the French magazine "La Montagne" about the rise of the AfD in the polls and the protests against the shift to the right in the country.

Ulrich Schlie on the threat to democracy in Germany in Il Foglio Quotidiano

Ulrich Schlie commented in the Italian newspaper Il Foglio on the threat to democracy in Germany posed by right-wing extremist movements.

Maritime security: protection against attacks at sea

Maritime security expert and CASSIS Fellow Dr Moritz Brake talks about Germany's maritime security policy in the GMT podcast.

100 days since the invasion of Israel

To mark the hundredth day since the Hamas attack on Israel, high-ranking guests discuss the current situation in the Middle East.

Deutschlands Unternehmen unzufrieden mit eigener Digital-Abhängigkeit

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer's assessment of the question of whether Germany is losing touch with the development of key digital technologies is taken up in an article by heise online.

From the personal experience of a German diplomat

Former ambassador Dirk Brengelmann reflects on Franco-German relations from the perspective of a diplomat.


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

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Upcoming events
Chinas Zivilgesellschaft in der autoritären Moderne
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
China. Censorship, restrictions, regulations and other measures have not only restricted the scope of civil society actors such as non-governmental ...
Hybrid warfare - workshop with strategic simulation game
Genscherallee 3, 53113 ...
09:00 AM
The workshop, led by Colonel (ret.) Sönke Marahrens, the German representative at the Hybrid Centre of Excellence in Helsinki, offers an insight into the ...
Two years of ‚Zeitenwende‘
Hauptgebäude Universität ...
06:00 PM
What is left of the entry into a new era of security policy? After tough negotiations, Germany's first National Security Strategy was adopted, strategic and ...
International Women's Day: The role of women in wars and conflict
Lennéstraße 6
04:15 PM - 05:45 PM
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the role of women in modern wars and conflicts is being discussed. Although women are statistically rarely ...
Past events
The Netherlands after the election - Where are they heading?
Universitätsforum - ...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Last November's election in the Netherlands saw a (surprisingly) clear winner in the form of Geert Wilders' right-wing populist PVV party. Whether Wilders will ...
Ursprünge der Verstrickung: VW & Chinas Öffnungspolitik 1978-1991
Main Building, ...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
"The future of Volkswagen will be decided on the Chinese market," predicted Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at the beginning of 2019. In order to ...
Die Antarktis - Kontinent, Ozean & Laboratorium des Anthropozäns
Hörsaal III, Hauptgebäude...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
Weit entfernt und fast unbewohnt, aber zunehmend bedeutend in der internationalen Politik: Die Antarktis. Die Antarktis besteht nicht nur aus Eis, sondern aus ...
Der Arktische Ozean
Hörsaal III, Hauptgebäude...
06:15 PM - 07:45 PM
Europa, der am meisten vom Meer durchdrungene Kontinent, hat sich seit alters her in enger Verbindung zu den Meeren entwickelt. Doch was den meisten Bewohnern ...

Current Scientific Publications
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.

"Everything is connected with her: Macron, Germany and Europe."

Dr Landry Charrier talks about the growing strength of the Rassemblement National in the Franco-German dialogue. He warns of the consequences that a strong showing by the right-wing populists in the European elections in June could have, focusing in particular on France's relationship with Germany.

Troubled Twins: The FCAS and MGCS Weapon Systems and Franco-German Co-operation

CASSIS Fellow Dr Johanna Möhring discusses the problems of Franco-German armaments cooperation and develops four scenarios for its future development.

Russia's strategy in the Ukraine war: restoring Russian greatness by any means necessary

CASSIS Fellow Dr Johanna Möhring analyses Russia's ambitions in the Ukraine war.

Energy technology, climate change, and security in Anthropocene

Prof. Dr Maximilian Mayer & Dr. Susanne Peters discuss the security implications arising from the interplay between energy security, new energy technologies and the dynamics of climate change in an article for the newly published "Handbook on Climate Change and International Security", 

Illusionen der Autonomie? Europas Position in den globalen digitalen Abhängigkeitsstrukturen

Prof. Dr Maximilian Mayer & Yen-Chi Lu, PhD student at CASSIS, discuss in their article for
SIRIUS - Journal for Strategic Analyses, they discuss Europe's position within the structures of global digital dependency. To do so, they draw on the "Digital Dependence Index", a measurement of the dependencies of various countries in the field of digital technologies.

Special Issue: Politics of Memory, Heritage, and Diversity in Modern China

Under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer Guest, the Special Issue "Politics of Memory, Heritage, and Diversity in Modern China" was recently published in the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. In various articles and in the introduction by Maximilian Mayer & Karolina Pawlik, the Special Issue addresses questions of the interaction between collective memory and Chinese identity, cultural modernisation and political mobilisation.

Connectivity, centrality, and adaptation

Nicolas Huppenbauer, Research Fellow and Doctoral Student at CASSIS, focuses on the geopolitical side of connectivity and Chinese standardisation practices in his new article in the "Global Media and China" journal.


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