Bonn Vision Lab: Envisioning Zeitenwende

In cooperation with Polis180 Regiogruppe Rheinlandand CASSIS.

The Russian attack on Ukraine, which violated international law, and the resulting 'turning point' have once again highlighted the urgent need for strategic positioning in foreign and security policy. In the coalition agreement, the current German government committed itself to developing the first German National Security Strategy. The proclaimed turn of events concerns not only the situation in Eastern Europe, but also the system rivalry with the People's Republic of China and a possible withdrawal of the United States from its international leadership role. For they have a direct impact on the German and European security and peace order.

At the latest with the so-called 'Munich Consensus' of 2014, security policy and strategic debates have regained importance in the Federal Republic. Since then, a large number of white papers and guidelines have been published by the German government, and recommendations for action and strategy documents have been drafted by a wide variety of parties in academia and practice, but a 'real' strategy requires more. Fundamental to this is the agreement of goals and means vis-à-vis identified challenges. However, a substantive discussion of German and European goals remains largely absent. However, concrete formulations of goals are an important component of a state's foreign policy. On the one hand, this is the only way to credibly present Germany's position to partners and potential adversaries. On the other hand, global challenges such as advancing climate change, the rapid digitization of all areas of society, the aftermath of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic and, not least, the increase in geopolitical and geoeconomic tensions are forcing policymakers to set necessary priorities. Only by formulating concrete goals, visions and priorities can Germany's foreign policy, which has so far been mostly reactive, be made more sustainable and more formative.

For this to happen, however, the debate must be broader and include in particular those who will be affected by the consequences of current policies. While incumbent decision-makers have grown in their realities, the younger generation looks to the future with different perspectives. In order to organize a diverse and inclusive debate, it is essential to have the voice of young people who start their professional lives with new impulses and already bring their expertise to the table.

Young scientists from the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) at the University of Bonn are taking up this challenge as part of their cooperation with the Polis180 Regiogruppe Rheinland. Therefore, one year after the proclamation of the 'Zeitenwende' by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, they are jointly organizing the Bonn Vision Lab: Envisioning Zeitenwende and kpmmtem for this a funding volume of about 14,000 euros.

Funded by the Stiftung Internationale Begegnung der Sparkasse in Bonn, the Bundesverband Sicherheitspolitik an Hochschulen and the Institut Français.

Scientific organizers

Avatar Schranner

Maximilian Schranner

Avatar Nock

Philip Nock

Avatar Wiluda

Fenja Wiluda

Partners and sponsors

Logo Partner Bonn Vision Lab


Zeitenwende in den Köpfen? 

March 10, 2023 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Lecture Hall 17, University of Bonn

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Program (except for the evening events invitation only)

Friday, 10 March 2023

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Arrival and Registration

5:00 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Public Launch Event “Zeitenwende in den Köpfen?“

Opening remarks:

Dr. Enrico Fels
Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, University of Bonn


Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder
Senior Senior Researcher, Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC); Associate Fellow, CASSIS

Sara Nanni
MP, Chairwoman for Bündnis 90/The Greens in the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag

Moderation: Lukas Hochscheidt, Polis180

8:00 p.m.

Dinner for Workshop Participants and Panelists

Saturday, 11 March 2023

10:00 a.m.

Opening and Introduction

10:20 a.m.

Input 1 “The European Peace and Security Order 2030 & 2040

Dr. Joachim Weber, CASSIS

Amb. Ret. Dirk Brengelmann, CASSIS

11:00 a.m.

Methodological Introduction – What is Visioning?

About “Vision Quests” and the art of developing goals

Awareness about current reality and preparation to think about the future

11:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 1 “Achievements, Experience and Failure - From the Past to the Present”

Reflecting the past – 30 min

Analysis of the present (critique phase) – 30 min

12:30 p.m.

Input 2 “Climate Change and Security: Global Threat?

Tim Bosch
German Council on Foreign Relations

Timothée Moser
Climate Security and Peace Project (CS2P)

Jasdeep Randhawa,
Global Diplomacy Lab

1:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

Input 3 “Europe’s aspirations for technological autonomy“

Simona Autolitano
Federal Office for Information Security

Philip Nock

2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 2 “Trends, Best Practices and What Happens if Nothing Happens”

Derivation of environmental developments – “What-doesn't-let-me-sleep at night” – 30 min

Pointing out possibilities for action and potentials – “On into a new world full of strengths” – 30 min

4:00 p.m.

Catch-up in the plenary

6:30 p.m.

Evening Programme (optional)

Sunday, 12 March 2023

10:00 a.m.

Recap and Introduction

10:30 a.m.

Input 4 “The Relationship to China between Decoupling and Dependence“

Ludovica Meacci
Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy of the Brussels School of Governance

Liu Ruiqi
SOAS London, tbc

11:00 a.m.

Methodological Introduction II “Formulation, Anchoring and Active Implementation of Mission Statements and Visions”

Creating space for future-focused thinking – “if today was tomorrow”

Formulating a vision and identifying bold steps for immediate action

11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 3 “Stargazing and Visions”

Visioning - “I-have-a-dream” – 60 min

12:30 p.m.

Input 5 “Perspectives of the Global South: A vision together with Europe?

Gelila Enbaye
Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin

Dr. Rogelio Madrueño

1:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 4 “Strategies, goals and next steps”

Presentation and summary – 45 min

Concretization of the strategy – 15 min

Implementation of vision and strategy – 30 min

3:30 p.m.

Catch-up in the Plenary “Final Deliverables and Activation"

4:00 p.m.

Listening to your Partners: European Recalibration

6:00 p.m.


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