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The Henry-Kissinger-Chair regularly organises events with high-ranking academic and political guests in cooperation with CASSIS. You can find an overview of all CASSIS events here

Upcoming events

April 22, 2021 | Presentation of a specialist study focussing on "The geostrategic role of Turkey" 

More information forthcoming.

Past events

December 1 - 5, 2020 | International Security Forum Bonn 2020

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Find detailed information on this year's International Security Forum on this page.

October 29, 2020 | The Election of Fate on November 3 - The United States' Claim to World Power and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance

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29 October 2020, 12 - 1.45 p.m.

Webinar via zoom

Impulse presentation and subsequent discussion with:

Stefan Kornelius
Head of department "Foreign Policy", Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ulrich Schlie
Henry-Kissinger-Professor of Security and Strategic Studies, University of Bonn

Benjamin Becker
Director AmerikaHaus e.V.

With the American elections on November 3, the course for transatlantic relations and the future political orientation of Germany is set. Stefan Kornelius, head of the foreign policy department of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and one of the leading experts on American foreign policy, analyzed current political trends in the United States in conversation with Ulrich Schlie, Henry Kissinger Professor. Benjamin Becker, Director of AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., introduced the event.

 In cooperation with AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW.

October 27, 2020 | Freedom, Peace, Security and Development: The United Nations between Ambition and Reality

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October 27, 2020, 6:30 pm

Online via ZOOM

Discussion with:

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge
Director of the German Development Institute (DIE)

Prof. Dr. Conrad Schetter
Director of the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie
Henry-Kissinger-Professor and Director of CASSIS

Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner
Minister for Federal and European Affairs and International Affairs of the State of NRW

Moderation: Prof. Jakob Rhyner
Scientific Director, Innovations-Campus Bonn, eh. United Nations University (UNU)


 In 2020 the United Nations will have existed for 75 years. Founded against the backdrop of the catastrophe of the Second World War, the mission of the United Nations comprises nothing less than the preservation of world peace and the promotion of international understanding while securing prosperity in a freely organized world society.

The following questions arise especially under the influence of the Corona Pandemic:

But what has the world organization been able to achieve and what role should and can it play in the future in securing global peace in the face of an increasingly multipolar world order? What are the prospects of success for urgently needed reforms of the World Organization? Ideas on this subject are also divergent in the face of enormous challenges such as climate change, technological upheavals, new violent conflicts and fundamental shifts of power in the international system.

The intention of this event was to take a political stock of the role of the United Nations in the fields of peace, security and development - including current challenges such as violent conflicts in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, global refugee movements, the spread of epidemics and the struggle for a new climate policy.

In cooperation with the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, the German Development Institute and the Bonn International Center for Conversion. 

October 8, 2020 | Rethinking European Security. Strategic Security in a Multipolar World (Series "Franco-German Strategic Dialogue")

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October 8, 2020, 6.30 p.m.

Webinar (Zoom)

Discussion with:

Dr. Claire Demesmay
Director of the France Program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Brig-Gen Heinz Krieb
Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU

Adm aD Manfred Nielson
Former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (NATO)

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie, Henry Kissinger Professor and Director of CASSIS

Europe's foreign and security policy is facing completely new challenges - and there is widespread consensus on this on the European continent. However, Berlin and Paris in particular often disagree on priorities, individual diagnoses and concrete measures. While France has for some time also (but not exclusively) referred to the urgent need for greater strategic autonomy, Germany above all emphasizes that Europe's defense should primarily be deeply embedded in NATO as a transatlantic defense alliance. A common strategy to resolve this tension has not yet been developed.

Nevertheless: Cooperation between these two central states of the EU is of crucial importance for Europe's role in the world and remains a clear focus of attention in both countries, as the Aachen Treaty of 2019 has only recently highlighted again. What answers can Franco-German relations offer to questions of European security? What might a common foreign policy vision for Europe look like?

Kick-off event of the series "German-French Strategic Dialogue" of the Institut francais Bonn and CASSIS, this time in cooperation with AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. 

September 24 - 25, 2020 | Dialogue on Strategic Foresight and the Future of Transatlantic Relations

Dialogue event on September 24-25, 2020

Bonn University Forum
Heussallee 18-24
D-53113 Bonn

With high-level guests from politics, science and business

"What's ahead of us and how do we prepare for it?"

The aim of the event was to grasp the changing framework conditions of national and international security policy, to discuss the demands of politics, business and science on strategic foresight, and to develop proposals on how a strategic foresight oriented on existing conditions can be designed. The meeting also served the purpose to identify future-oriented topics that could provide impulses for transatlantic relations in the years ahead.


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