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10. Juli 2020 | German foreign policy and strategic change

Online Event (Zoom)

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie

Werner Sonne


Since the 1950s, the subject of nuclear weapons has been an integral part of the public debate. It gained new momentum during the presidency of Donald Trump, not least due to the dissolution of the Iranian nuclear deal and the announced withdrawal of the United States from the Treaty on Intermediate Range Missiles (INF). The discourse is also becoming increasingly explosive in Germany - especially when it comes to the question of the need for German nuclear weapons. Particularly with regard to strategic autonomy, taking into account America's declining willingness to stand up for European security interests and France's nationally designed nuclear weapons strategy. The preservation of Germany's nuclear sharing has recently led to extensive problems with the acquisition of a new fighter jet for the Bundeswehr and fuelled partisan conflicts of interest. Werner Sonne, long-time ARD correspondent and author, will address the question of Germany's need for nuclear weapons in the seminar "German Foreign Policy and Strategic Change".

06. Juli 2020 | Turntable NRW. The transit country at the centre of world politics

Panel discussion on 06 July 2020 18:00 to 19:00


Online event (zoom)

Brigadier General Torsten Gersdorf
Commander of the State Command of North Rhine-Westphalia

Dr. Mark Speich
State Secretary for Federal and European Affairs and International Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia

Dr. Christian Greeting
Member of the Management Board of DB Netz AG responsible for Sales and Timetables

Dr. Claudia Major
Head of the SWP Security Policy Research Group

Since the end of the Cold War, Germany has advanced from a former "frontline state" to the new "power in the middle" of Europe. At its heart, the most populous and economically strongest state of NRW plays a key strategic role. Here, the traffic flows from East and West condense like a bottleneck and move the transit country into the centre of world politics. We are taking the geopolitical central position of North Rhine-Westphalia as an opportunity to talk to high-ranking experts about the resulting logistical responsibility for Europe. Are our roads wide, the tunnels high and the bridges strong enough? How can physical, procedural and legal obstacles on the way to a "military Schengen" be removed? Where do synergy effects arise from the expansion of civil-military dual-use projects? How can the expectations of our alliance partners regarding their ability to act as host nation be reconciled with local citizens' initiatives who are rebelling against the expansion of railways on their doorstep? And finally: What takes priority when military equipment from the USA meets consumer electronics from China in Duisburg, Europe's largest inland port.

May 28th 2020 | Peaceful use of technology in Space - Debating European Space Strategy

Poster -Worden(5).pngLecture and discussion on 28.05.2020

with Prof. Dr. Pete Worden
Former NASA Ames Research Center Director

***Event cancelled due to COVID-19***











May 13th 2020 | Quelle stratégie (européenne) face à l'explosion des cybermenaces? (Reihe "Deutsch-Französischer Strategischer Dialog")

This lecture will be held in german and french.

Lecture and panel discussion from the 13.05.2020.

Via Livestream of the bpb:medienzentrum Bonn

Dr. Leo Isaac-Dognin
Senior Consultant bei Capgemini

Dr. Jean-Louis Gergorin
former french diplomat

***Event via Livestream***


Léo Isaac-Dognin and Jean-Louis Gergorin represent in their new book "Cyber. La guerre permanente", Léo Isaac-Dognin and Jean-Louis Gergorin argue that the military use of cyberspace is nothing less than a strategic revolution. It changes the balance of power in that now even (financially) weak actors are equipped with new types of "weapons" which, compared to an aircraft carrier, can be used cheaply, effectively and without violence. Cyberspace is therefore one of the "areas" from which most threats to the stability of our democracies and world peace could emanate in the future. The plea: the European Union urgently needs to "invest" in strategic foresight and to reflect on options for action. But how could a strategy look like that would respond adequately to these threats? The lecture and the discussion moderated by Prof. Schlie will explore these aspects.


Simultaneous translation between German and French will be offered to the audience.

The event will be held in cooperation with AmerikaHaus NRW e.V. and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

February 25th 2020 | Resolving the disputes in the South China Sea

Hayton PosterLecture with

Dr. Bill Hayton
Chatham House & BBC

The contemporary disputes in the South China Sea are commonly regarded as intractable and irresolvable. This presentation will argue the opposite. It will show that it is not necessary to understand the entire history of the South China Sea to reach a judgement on the overlapping claims. What is required is an examination of the evidence put forward by the contesting claimants. Nationalistic claims to large groups of features can be tested by disaggregating them and seeking evidence for actual occupation of specific features. This opens a way forward based upon compromise and the recognition of the status quo.

This event took place in cooperation with the AmerikaHaus Nordrhein-Westfahlen e.V.




Febuary 12th 2020 | The Geopolitical Implications of Climate Change

Chellaney PosterLecture and panel discussion with

Professor Brahma Chellaney
Center for Policy Research in New Delhi

Climate Change and Geopolitics: Human activities are contributing to hydroclimate changes, including greater parched conditions. Climate change, for its part, expresses itself through water, including in the form of more frequent storms and hurricanes and accelerated ocean-level rise. The climate-water nexus is at the core of our environmental challenges. Yet the biggest impediment to tackling the challenges is international geopolitics. Without improved global geopolitics, there can be no effective counter against global warming.

This event was kindly supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and took place in cooperation with King's College London and the European Centre for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS).






January 15th 2020 | Looking Ahead - Security Governance Challenges in Africa

Diescho_Plakat.jpgLecture and discussion with

Prof. Dr. Dr. Joseph Diescho
Former Managing Director of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management

Africa is a continent in flux. It remains at the crossroads of old and new civilizational dynamics.

Predominantly pre-capitalist, it is also becoming the playground for new economic forces, such as the Chinese thrust on the world stage. With its extraordinary demographic growth, corruption among the post-colonial African elites worsening and faced with the systemic difficulties of governing states whose colonial borders neglect cultural ones, the continent is ripe with potential, but also a fertile breeding ground for further religious and ethnic assertions, conflicts and violent strives.

Security governance in Africa is clearly set to become even more uncertain in the future. At the same time, Africa’s development is a key factor in Europe’s stability as well. Where is this complex, young and rapidly changing continent headed? CASSIS will receive Prof. Dr. Dr. Joseph Diescho to look ahead, illuminate existing terrains of potential conflicts, and anticipate potential future developments.

Read our report of the event here



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