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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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