25. May 2024

Seminar regarding the debate on German Foreign Security Policy with Dr. Norbert Röttgen 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.

Discussion about German Foreign Policy
Discussion about German Foreign Policy © CASSIS
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Due to its economic strength and its geographical location in a "Mittellage" in Europe, Germany's Foreign Policy has undergone significant change within the past 150 years. In a fruitful discussion with Prof. Herdegen and Dr. Röttgen, the students discussed the current German Foreign Policy debate against the background of the power shifts caused by the war in Ukraine and the terrorist attacks in Israel. A special emphasis was put on the implications of “Zeitenwende” for the future orientation of the German Bundeswehr, the relationship between the military and diplomacy as well as on legal aspects, namely the conditions caused by the framework of the German Basic Law.

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