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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.

"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.

The Future of Global Hydrogen

Dr. Frank Umbach, Head of the European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), discusses the future of global green hydrogen technology in the specialist publication "Geopolitical Intelligence Services".

The Second Cold War: US-China Competition for Centrality

Philip Nock, Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at CASSIS, et al. are conceptualising the "Second Cold War" between the US and China in comparison to the First Cold War in an article for the "Geopolitics" Journal.

Routledge Handbook of the Future of Warfare

In his publication "Prospects of Great Power Rivalry: Escaping the Tragedy?", Dr. Enrico Fels takes a scholarly look at expected future developments regarding rivalry between great powers in the Routledge Handbook of the Future of Warfare, which will be published on Sept. 19, 2023 and provides a comprehensive overview of the future of warfare that is both problem- and practice-oriented.

Is he the problem?

Ambassador (ret.) Dr. Hans-Dieter Heumann, Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, discusses French European policy under Emmanuel Macron with Dr. Markus Kaim, Senior Fellow in the Security Policy Research Group of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

From the Middle Out and Bottom Up: The Belt and Road Initiative at 10 and Corridor Connectivity

In his publication, Prof. Dr. Xiangming Chen, Visiting Fellow of CASSIS, discusses the significance of China's Silk Road Initiative.

The IRA challenges the European climate model

Dr. Friedbert Pflüger, head of the European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), discusses in his publication the advantages of the American Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) compared to the means of European climate policy.

Anthology: Recommender Systems: Legal and Ethical Issues

Scott Robbins, together with his colleague Sergio Genovesi and Katharina Kaesling, has published an edited volume on "Recommender Systems: Legal and Ethical Issues" as part of the series "The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology" 2023. The anthology offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the use and development of recommender systems as well as a conceptual analysis of controversial ideas in the field of ADM systems. The publication includes an assessment of regulatory needs and legislative responses in various legal disciplines. The book is open access, which means you have free and unlimited access.

Introduction: Understanding and Regulating AI-Powered Recommender Systems

Scott Robbins, together with his colleague Sergio Genovesi and his colleague Katharina Kaesling, discusses the basic understanding and regulation of AI-supported recommendation systems in the introductory chapter of the anthology "Recommender Systems: Legal and Ethical Issues", published in 2023.

Recommending Ourselves to Death: Values in the Age of Algorithms

In his article, which was published as a chapter in the anthology "Recommender Systems: Legal and Ethical Issues" in 2023, Scott Robbins problematizes the algorithms of so-called recommendation systems and illustrates this using YouTube as an example.

Macron und Scholz auf Kurs - Strategische Annäherung durch Zeitenwende?

The French president's comments on Taiwan have made waves in Europe. And rightly so. Emmanuel Macron has gone too far this time. Once again, he wanted to provoke his partners and thus initiate a new debate about Europe's strategic autonomy. In the end, he got himself into hot water diplomatically. His message was lost and the impression took root that he wanted to maintain an equidistance from the U.S. and China in the conflict over the island state. It has often been overlooked that France, with its overseas territories and its 9 million km2 exclusive economic zone, does have interests in the region, and vital ones at that.

The future security of electricity supply in Germany and the EU: How resilient is it really?

In his publication, Dr. Frank Umbach discussed the new challenges in power supply security.

The many meanings of meaningful human control

In the article in the journal "AI and Ethics", Scott Robbins sheds light on the concept of "Meaningful Human Control" (MHC) and its concrete significance.

A First German National Security Strategy with James D. Bindenagel

The world looks for German leadership in its National Security Strategy, the first in German history, unveiled on June 14, 2023. It offered reassurances of Germany as a reliable partner in Europe, the transatlantic alliance, NATO, and the G7, as well as confirmed its commitment to the values of a free, democratic order and the international rule of law.

Do We Collaborate With What We Design?

Scott Robbins and his colleagues Katie D. Evans and Joanna J. Bryso shed light on the collaboration between humans and robots with a special focus on the role of artificial intelligence. The article was published in the journal "Topics in Cognitive Science" in 2023.

Science Diplomacy from the Global South: the Case of Intergovernmental Science Organizations

Together with lead-author Anna-Lena Rüland (Leiden) and a multidisciplinary research team, Nicolas Rüffin and Katharina Cramer investigate the interests of emerging powers of the Global South in intergovernmental science organizations. The publication is part of the ERC project INSCONS - Addressing Global Challenges through International Scientific Consortia at Leiden University.

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