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May 12, 2021 | The Rise of Non-State Sponsors

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Due to the current situation in Israel, we, unfortunately, have to postpone today's lecture by Prof. Dr. Assaf Moghadam. More information concerning the new scheduling of the event is forthcoming.

 

Existing studies of conflicts involving the use of surrogates have been largely state-centric, viewing the relationship between sponsors and proxies primarily as one in which state sponsors utilize non-state actors, or other states, as proxies. Far less attention has been devoted to sponsor-proxy arrangements in which non-state actors play superordinate roles as sponsors in their own right. Prof. Moghadam examines why and how non-state actors sponsor proxies and discusses the broader implications of this trend. He argues that non-state sponsors select and utilize proxies mainly for their perceived political value—in contrast to state sponsors, who value proxies primarily for their military utility. He discusses the implications of this trend for theory and policy.

A lecture with Prof. Dr. Assaf Moghadam, dean of the  Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.

This event is hold in English.

May 13, 2021 | Aberdeen & Bonn Global Conversation with Stella Ghervas on Conquering Peace: From the Enlightenment of the European Union

13. Mai 2021, 17:00 - 18:30 Uhr, CET

Webinar via MS Teams

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In this conversation, Stella Ghervas discusses her new book Conquering Peace: From the En-lightenment to the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2021). The book charts out the search since the 18th century of European thinkers, diplomats, and leaders for an enduring peace. The book argues that peace as a value, as a concept, and as an ideal shaped the idea of a unified Europe long before the EU came into being.


Stella Ghervas is Professor of Russian History at Newcastle University. The author of the prize-winning Réinventer la tradition: Alexandre Stourdza et l’Europe de la Sainte-Alliance, Prof. Ghervas is currently completing Calming the Waters? A New History of the Black Sea: 1774-1920s for Cambridge University Press.


This event will be hosted online using Microsoft Teams. An email containing the link to join the talk will be sent out shortly before we start.

This event is hold in English.

May 20, 2021 | Critical Raw Materials: Achieving European Supply Security

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May 20, 2021, 12 - 2 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

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Critical raw materials (CRMs) are essential for key future sectors, industries and technologies. As a result, global demand for CRMs will significantly increase in the coming years, intensifying global competition. Against this backdrop, the importance of supply security of CRMs has become a key item on the European Commission’s political agenda.

Germany is already one of the world's fifth largest importers of raw materials. At the same time, however, the global supply of many CRMs is limited to a few countries (which are also often politically unstable). In addition, geo-economic and geopolitical import dependencies are increasing with the rising demand for raw materials - and with them the risks and vulnerabilities of the European economy. In this context, China is vying to control entire global value chains for key technologies, including CRMs. The increase in future European CRM import dependencies will also have an impact on Europe’s climate protection efforts, as well as foreign and development policies.

Initial steps are being taken by the German government and the EU, which want to pay greater attention to the issue of a stable supply of CRMs in the future, on the one hand, and to strengthen domestic self-sufficiency, on the other. The German government updated its raw materials strategy in January 2020 and the EU launched a Battery Alliance and, more recently in October 2020, a European Raw Materials Alliance, which aims to achieve "strategic autonomy" in order to strengthen CRM supply security while meeting the "green" ambitions of a sustainable industrial policy with a stronger consideration of the ecological footprint in extraction, processing and end products ("sustainable mining").

But, will these initiatives be enough to diversify the EU’s CRM supplies while meeting climate objectives? This and a variety of other questions are central to the discussion on CRMs.


 

Welcome & Moderation:
Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger
CASSIS, University of Bonn

Greetings:
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz
Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn


Impulse statements:
Peter Handley
Head of Unit, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials/
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
European Commission

Thomas Gaeckle
Deputy Director General in charge of Raw Materials Policy,
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Dr. Christoph Wolff
Head of Mobility Industries and System Initiative,
Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Michael Wurmser
Deputy CEO, Norge Mining

This event is hold in English.

May 20, 2021 | Taiwan und die Zukunft der Demokratie in Asien 
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

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A lecture series within the project "Infrastructures of China's Modernity".

Taiwans rasche Modernisierung hat der Insel nicht nur Wohlstand gebracht, sondern auch eine lebendige und liberale politische Moderne geschaffen. Dabei ist Taiwan ein Labor für neue Formen der Demokratie – mit erstaunlichen Errungenschaften aber auch grellen Widersprüchen. Vor kurzem noch als strikt konservativ und anti-individualistisch verschrien, hat sich Taiwan zum asiatischen Vorreiter in Sachen demokratischer Innovationen, LGBTI-Rechten, und beim Umgang mit ethnischen Minderheiten gemausert. Was macht die noch junge Demokratie in Taiwan aus? Kann sich dort eine Blaupause für eine asiatische, liberal-multikulturelle Gesellschaft etablieren? Wie schafft es der Inselstaat, sich trotz der wachsenden Spannungen mit dem Festland zu emanzipieren? Wie gelingt es den Taiwanerinnen und Taiwanern, neue Formen digitaler Demokratie erfolgreich umzusetzen, und wie erweitert dieses Modell europäische Verständnisse von Demokratie?

 

 

 

Participants:

Liya Yu, PhD
Politologin und Schriftstellerin

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
MdB, Stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Bundestagsfraktion der Freien Demokraten

Anna Marti (Moderation)
Leiterin des Global Innovation Hub der FNF in Taipeh
 

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

This event is hold in German.

May 27, 2021 | Infrastructures of Memory. Histories, Heritages and Diversity in Modern China

May 27, 2021

Online-Workshop

This workshop aims to discuss how different heritage related actors in contemporary China construct and employ historical, architectural and cultural resources as memory infrastructures to engage in identity construction in the context of modern Chinese society and in Chinas transnational cultural and political interactions.

 

Vorträge:
Sophie Elpers
Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Intangible cultural heritage, museums and the challenge of diversity

Puay-peng Ho
National University of Singapore/UNESCO Chair on Architectural Heritage: Walking a Tightrope: Rethinking cultural urban landscape in China

Andrew Law and Qianqian Qin
Newcastle University: Cultural nationalism, ontological (in)security and reflective nostalgia? The Hanfu movement and young adults in China

Christina Maags Christina
University of Sheffield: State Institutions as Building Blocks of Chinese Cultural Memory–The Case of Intangible Heritage

Sandra Gilgan
University of Bonn: The Role of History and Memory in the Popular Claim on Confucian Educational Tradition

Maximilian Mayer
University of Bonn: Infrastructures of memory: making memories durable – the case of Yushu after the 2010 earthquake

Ryoko Nakano
Kanazawa University: The Silk Roads as global memory infrastructures: Japan and South Korea’s views on China’s initiatives

David O’Brien and Melissa Shani Brown
Ruhr University Bochum: ‘Making the Past Serve the Present’: Tourism, Sinicisation, and BRI’s ‘People to People Bonds’ in Xinjiang (XUAR), China

Hendrik W. Ohnesorge
University of Bonn: Soft Power, Historic Statecraft and Memory in Great Power Politics

This workshop is hold in English.

May 27, 2021 | Conference Henry Kissinger and Germany

May 27, 2021, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. CET

hybrid (partly in Fürth)

This event is hold in German.

More information forthcoming.

June 22, 2021 | The United Kingdom, Europe and North-Rhine Westphalia: Towards a New Partnership in an Uncertain World

June 22, 2021, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

digital event

This event is hold in English.

More information forthcoming.

June 24, 2021 | China’s Renaissance in the Context of Global History
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

June 24, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

A lecture series within the project "Infrastructures of China's Modernity".

More information forthcoming.

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

This event is hold in German.

July 1, 2021 | The Nuclear Intentions of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Strategic Intelligence of the USA 1955-1966: New Findings and Reflections on Current Intelligence Evaluation

July 1, 2021, 6 p.m.

Hybrid event

More information forthcoming.

July 8, 2021 | (Mis)Labeling Terrorist Organizations: Violent Non-State Actors and their Variegated Modes of Warfare

July 8, 2021, 6:15 - 19:45 p.m.

Terrorist organizations are presumed to specialize in the planning and execution of acts of terrorism, but to what extent do “terrorist groups” actually rely on terrorism? To address this question, Assaf Moghadam examines the relative use of terrorism vis-à-vis other modes of violence among 776 groups listed as “terrorist organizations” in the Global Terrorism Database from 1970 to 2018. The study provides an empirical foundation in support of scholarly trends that refrain from adopting the “terrorist” label and instead rely on more value-neutral terms to describe violent non-state actors. Such trends, we argue, harken back to the way terrorism was understood under the insurgency paradigm prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s.

A lecture with Prof. Dr. Assaf Moghadam.

More information forthcoming.

This event is hold in English.

July 15, 2021 | Civil Society and Human Rights in Digital Dictatorship
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

July 15, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

A lecture series within the project "Infrastructures of China's Modernity".

More information forthcoming.

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

This event is hold in German.

September 16, 2021 | Inevitable or Misguided? Debates about China's tradition and modernity in foreign and self-images 
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

September 16, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

A lecture series within the project "Infrastructures of China's Modernity".

More information forthcoming,

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

This event is hold in German.

September 17 - 18, 2021 | International Online-Conference on "Digital Fragmentations and Digital Sovereignty"

September 17 - September 18, 2021

Online-Conference

More information forthcoming.

September 29 - October 2, 2021 | International Security Forum Bonn 2021

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September 29 - October 2, 2021

The International Security Forum Bonn 2021 is a high-level international event to ensure a dialogue on contemporary topics of foreign and security politics. The goal of the International Security Forum is to ensure a debate between experts and practitioners, to identify vital aspects of a successful European foreign and security policy, and develop holistic strategical solutions for pressing challenges.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Germany and the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung.

October 2021 | Cultures and Politics of AI

October 2021

Workshop

More information forthcoming.

In cooperation with Prof. Markus Gabriel.

October 28, 2021 | “A Place in the Sun”? Naval Fleet Modernization in the Context of Chinese Geopolitics
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

October 28, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

A lecture series within the project "Infrastructures of China's Modernity".

More information forthcoming,

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

This event is hold in German.

November 18, 2021 | Alternative Development Models and the Influence of Maoism in the Global South
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

November 18, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

A lecture series within the project "Infrastructures of China's Modernity".

More information forthcoming,

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

This event is hold in German.

December 9, 2021 | Varieties of Capitalism and Governance in China
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

December 9, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

A lecture series within the project "Infrastructures of China's Modernity".

More information forthcoming,

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

This event is hold in German.

  

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