Lecture series: "75 years of NATO"

The North Atlantic Alliance is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. To date, 20 additional countries have joined the 12 founding states and their goal of standing up for democratic values and peace. They make NATO the defence bulwark of Europe and North America.

Created after the end of the Second World War, the bloc confrontation and the Kosovo War in the second half of the 20th century, the attacks of 11 September 2001 and the current Russian war of aggression in Ukraine are examples of the Alliance's turbulent and geopolitically challenging decades. In addition, NATO has had to adapt to increasingly interwoven global structures and ever more complex defence policy conditions. Technological progress and defence against hybrid threats from state and non-state actors require an increasingly broad and multi-layered Alliance.

The Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategy Research at CASSIS at the University of Bonn and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation are jointly organising the lecture series "75 Years of NATO". We are looking forward to lectures by German and international experts from academia and practice who will address the history of the Alliance, its institutional and defence policy challenges and its future prospects.

You are cordially invited to attend.

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The lecture series will take place in the summer semester 2024 on Thursdays 6 - 8 p.m. (c.t.) in Lecture Hall IV in the main building of the University of Bonn, Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn. Please note the information on the individual dates. The lectures will be held in German.


11 April 2024: "The role of the USA in the transatlantic alliance"


Dirk Brengelmann, former ambassador and CASSIS Fellow, Bonn

Rachel Tausendfreund, German Marshall Fund, Berlin


Ulrich Schlie, Henry Kissinger Professor for Security and Strategy Research and Director of CASSIS, Bonn

We would like to thank AmerikaHaus NRW for their kind support at the start of the series. A report about the lecture can be found here.

25 April 2024: "Turning point in the North: Change and continuity in the defence policy of Finland and Sweden"

Minna Ålander, Research Fellow Finnish Institute for International Affairs, Helsinki

June 6, 2024: "NATO in a historical cross-section"

Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, former diplomat

June 13, 2024: “AI and autonomy in weapons systems - a responsible approach in NATO?”

Vanessa Vohs, Research Associate at the Chair of International Politics, University of the Bundeswehr Munich


03 July 2024: "The future of NATO"

Retired Colonel Michael Angerer, Head of Division Policy I 3 (NATO), Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin


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Ulrich Schlie

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Fenja Wiluda

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