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December 15, 2020 | The Geopolitics of Water

The Geopolitics of Water-5.pngDecember, 15, 2020, 12:00 - 14:00 CET

Online via Zoom

Discussion with:

Ursula Heinen-Esser,
Minister for the Environment and Agriculture of NRW

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch,
Rector, University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Brahma Chellaney,
Center for Policy Research (New Delhi)

Jürgen Trittin,
Member of the German Parliament and the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger,


Climate change has become a threat multiplier that is exacerbating existing conflicts and is contributing to a shift in the global geopolitical landscape. With aridity due to climate change on the rise in many regions of the world, water is becoming of key importance. In regions where water is scarce and populations are growing, one of the greatest challenges will be to solve the current or coming water crises. Regions in Africa, South and Central Asia, South America and even Europe are increasingly feeling the impacts of water scarcity, be it for human consumption, in the agricultural sector or facing the complex water-energy-nexus challenge.

In countries already overflowing with political and ethnic tensions, or under significant economic strain, geopolitical issues are firmly linked to water usage and availability. Regions endowed with water abundance, on the other hand, are increasingly “weaponizing” their water resources for geopolitical ends. Who benefits, who stands to lose? What measures can be undertaken by various actors to reduce risks or exploit opportunities? What scenarios are likely over the mid to long-term?

This roundtable tackled these and other questions and took a closer look at the geopolitical issues arising from water scarcity or abundance. It provided participants with the opportunity to discuss with experts and gain insights on security, economic and other risks, but also opportunities, associated with changing water patterns and the strategies as well as adaptation and mitigation measures that are being considered by countries and other actors across the globe.

Watch the webinar on YouTube. 

December 8, 2020 | Political Islam - A Challenge to European Security? (Lecture Series "Franco-German Strategic Dialogue")

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Welcoming Remark:
Serap Güler
State Secretary for Integration in the Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration of North Rhine-Westphalia

Prof. Dr. Mouhanad Khorchide
Head of the Center for Islamic Theology Professor for Islamic Religious Education Studies at the University of Münster

Prof. Dr. Christine Schirrmacher
Professor of Islamic Studies at the Universities of Bonn and Leuven

Burkhard Freier
Head of the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution of North Rhine-Westphalia

Jean-Christophe Augé
Diplomat on the planning staff of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Moderator: Andreas Noll

 In view of the recent terrorist attacks in Nice, Vienna, Dresden, and Paris, the question of the danger posed by political Islam in Europe is once again moving more into focus. Since the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, more than 260 people have been murdered by ideologists in France, and many hundreds have been injured.

French President Macron notes that this sad reality provides an insight into the determination of a religious extremism that poses an enormous threat not only to the security situation in France but also to the rest of Europe. This perception is shared by many EU leaders. Some politicians also advocate a comprehensive reform of the Schengen rules to prevent the infiltration of terrorists and weapons.

What constitutes political Islam? What supporters can it count on both inside and outside Europe? Why is there still a patchwork quilt in the EU to ban extremist organizations? How must national and European structures be reformed to deal effectively with the challenges posed by political Islam?

The Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) and the Institut français Bonn offered the possibility to learn more about the complex of issues surrounding political Islam and European security.

Watch the webinar on YouTube. 

In cooperation with the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung and the Institut français Bonn.

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.

November 27, 2020 | Framing the Future of AI: Policy Dilemmas and Solutions

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Friday, November 27, 2020, 8.50 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. - in English

Webinar via Zoom


Session I: Is digital sovereignty a solution? Rethinking global interdependence in AI and critical data infrastructures

Not just since the trade conflict between the USA and China, technological interdependencies were problematized. The debate about technological interdependence has gained new momentum due the Covid-19 pandemic. Public voices increasingly question not only the dependence on foreign supply of medical goods but also the imports of various critical technologies in general. China's political discourse has long emphasized the importance of technological sovereignty in fields like artificial intelligence as a key factor in the country's long-term development. In Western countries, calls to strengthen “digital sovereignty” and autonomy are multiplying and are now introduced to the fields of artificial intelligence too. But is the notion of "sovereignty" a practical solution for AI applications? The implications remain unclear. The danger of rising techno-nationalism and harmful societal side effects need careful consideration. The problem of sovereign claims, intensifying geopolitics and the resulting in digital fragmentation shapes the future AI innovations and the platform economy globally. Applying the discourse of sovereignty to the field of AI invites critical reflections both in Europe and Asia about the usefulness and limits of such terminology. This panel aimed at inspiring a search for potentially better alternatives to shape technological future that is both inclusive and fair.


Session II: The Duality Dilemma of AI Technology

The rapid progress and development of AI is prompting speculation about the applications of AI and their impacts on society. On the one hand, numerous applications in health care, finance, communications, the arts, etc. have brought some of the most effective and dramatic advances for people. On the other hand, the frenzy of AI causes regulatory and ethical issues and could lead to major negative changes in society and liability. Such dual implications of AI applications and impacts has pushed us to balance between transparent and accountable AI and "opaque" AI, between "responsive" AI and "rogue" AI. This duality in the nature of AI brings about enormous challenges for legal systems and continuous debates on the relationship between technology and society. Panelists discussed the implications and possible remedies to the duality of AI technology.

November 26, 2020 | "Ostpolitik" 2.0? Views from Germany and France (Lecture Series "Franco-German Strategic Dialogue")

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Webinar via Zoom - in German

Discussion with:

Prof. Dr. Martin Aust,
Institute for Historical Studies, University of Bonn

Dr. Hans-Dieter Heumann,
Ambassador (ret.)

Vincent Muller,
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cyrille Schott,
Institut National des Hautes Études de la Sécurité et de la Justice

Moderation: Dr. Eva Marlene Hausteiner,
Institute for Political Science and Sociology, University of Bonn

With the poison attack on Alexej Nawalny and the support of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko by the Kremlin, the relations between the EU and Russia have reached a new low. In this context, the long-standing and highly controversial question of the appropriate strategy towards V. Putin is even more acute. The question has extensive implications and can only be seen in the context of a changing U.S. foreign policy and Russia's increasing rapprochement towards China.

Can Germany and France develop a common approach and thus improve the EU's position towards Russia, both in the short and long term? Is the strategy of selective cooperation the right way forward under the current conditions? What will remain 30 years after the conclusion of the Charter of Paris of the dream of a European peace order - including Russia - and a cooperation area from Vancouver to Vladivostok? This is what we discussed with our German and French experts on November 26.

Spotify podcast available:

In cooperation with the Institut français in Bonn.

November 25, 2020 | Strategies Against the Virus - Connected Security in Times of Covid-19

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25 November 2020, 5 pm

Webinar via Zoom - the discussion will be held in German.

Discussion with:

Generaloberstabsarzt Dr. med. Ulrich Baumgärtner
Inspector of the Bundeswehr Medical Service and Commander of the Medical Service Command

Maike Voss
Project Leader „Globale Gesundheit“, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Tobias Kahler
Head of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Germany

Dr. Katharina Cramer
CASSIS, University of Bonn

The Corona crisis acts as an accelerator for existing conflicts as well as a gateway to new opportunities. From now on, more attention must be paid to the topic of "global health". A national approach is the best tool against the virus.

There are many solutions for the pandemic. From medical early-warning systems and the development of a European drug reserve to improving the resilience of society as a whole. What is often decisive is a high level of readiness and the ability to react quickly. This also applies to the medical service of the German Armed Forces, whose doctors are working at the limit.

Global health crises confront us with important questions: How does the security of our industrialized nations relate to health care in developing countries? What is the EU's global health policy capable of achieving and what impetus can still be provided by the German Presidency of the Council? Are there countries from which we can learn in the field of care and pandemic management in schools and nursing homes?

In cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. 

 November 05, 2020 | The US Elections - Impulses, Analysis, Discussion

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Webinar, Zoom

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie,
Director of the Center for Security, Strategic and Integration Studies, Henry-Kissinger-Professor for Security and Strategic Studies, University of Bonn

Julius van de Laar, Campaign and Strategy Consultant, Commentator (e.g. ARD, ZDF)

Laura Kupe, Councel on the Committee on Homeland Security

Ron Nehring, Director International Programs, Leadership Institute

John Doyle, US-american Comedian and Journalist


and representatives of the University of Bonn and think tanks

Moderation: Florian Bauer, Political journalist (e.g. ARD and Phoenix)



This year's US presidential election is of particular importance. Can President Donald Trump secure a second term or will Joe Biden win back the White House for the Democrats? What consequences would a second Trump term have? What consequences could the change of political course under a victorious Biden have? How do Republicans and Democrats view the election results?

After an assessment of the election by Julius van de Laar and representatives of the Democrats and Republicans, our experts, moderated by Florian Bauer, analyzed and evaluated the outcome of the election, highlighted possible consequences and answered upcoming questions.

The event was held partly in German and partly in English.

In cooperation with AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, DGAP and Fachschaft Politik & Soziologie of the University of Bonn.

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 23, 2020 | Debate the Debate - The last TV Duel of the Presidential Candidates in the US Election Campaign

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October 23, 2020, 6 p.m. hours

The event took place as an online format via Zoom.

Panel discussion with:

Bijan Djir-Sarai MdB
Foreign Policy Spokesman of the Free Democratic Party in the German Bundestag

Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke
Director of the North American Studies Program at the University of Bonn

Moderation: Bianca Thomas


Donald Trump/Mike Pence or Joe Biden/Kamala Harris? Starting in late September, the race for the White House will go into the finale. As with every US presidential election, we will experience a media firework display this time as well. This year's election campaign is particularly heated, especially in the midst of the uncertain Corona situation.

In preparation for the election on November 3, the Commission on Presidential Debates organized three debates in which the two presidential candidates duel each other. The last debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden took place on October 22 in Nashville, hosted by Kristen Welker (NBC News), and was broadcast, themed and discussed worldwide.

The event featured highlights from the last TV duel between the presidential candidates before the election date. Afterwards, our experts analyzed and evaluated the TV debate, gave an outlook on the election and its possible consequences for German foreign policy, and answered questions.

In cooperation with AmerikaHaus NRW e.V. and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. 

October 12, 2020 | Debate the Debate - On the TV Duel of the Vice Presidential Candidates in the US Election Campaign

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October 12, 2020, 7 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

Panel discussion with:

Dr. Andrew B. Denison
Political Scientist and Publicist, Director of Transatlantic Networks

Dr. Inez von Weitershausen
Expert for International Cooperation and Future Issues

Moderation: David Patrician
US Journalist

Donald Trump/Mike Pence or Joe Biden/Kamala Harris? Starting in late September, the race for the White House will go to the finale. As at every US presidential election, we will experience a media fireworks display. This time the election campaign is particularly heated, especially in the midst of the uncertain Corona situation.

The Commission on Presidential Debates organized three debates in which the two presidential candidates competed in preparation for the election on November 3 - as well as another debate between the vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, which was broadcast worldwide on October 7 in Salt Lake City and moderated by Susan Page (USA Today).

The event featured highlights from the TV duel of the vice presidents. The experts then analyzed and evaluated the debate, gave an outlook on the election and answered questions.

In cooperation with AmerikaHaus NRW e.V. and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

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 29, 2020 | Bundeswehr as an Innovation Driver

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 Panel discussion 5.30 p.m. 

Online event (zoom)

Admiral Christian Bock
Commander of Operation Flotilla 1 and Director of the COECSW of NATO in Kiel

Sven Weizenegger
Head of the Cyber Innovation Hub of the German Armed Forces

Thomas Jarzombek
MdB (CDU), Representative of the BMWi for Digital Economy and Start-Ups

Andreas Dunsch
Managing Director FlyNex

Franziska Schwarzmann

The conflicts of the future will mainly be fought out in cyberspace. In this fast-moving digital battlefield, the speed of innovation can make the difference between victory and defeat. This is why the establishment of so-called "military innovation units" has long been a global success story. Led by the "start-up nation" Israel, which is the world leader in cyber security, more and more armed forces are responding to specific security threats with innovative methods.
The German Armed Forces are also focusing on a cultural change towards more innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.

We want to find answers to the strategic challenges of tomorrow already today. This is why we are discussing with high-level experts what the Bundeswehr can achieve in the area of conflict between the start-up scene, science and society. How can obstacles to development in the defense sector be overcome and innovation cycles shortened? How can hierarchical command structures and entrepreneurial freedom be combined? How can the increased need for security and the necessary discretion in military procurement be reconciled with the open and partnership-based approach of the "sharing economy"? And finally: What are the effects of digital innovations in the armed forces and in society and where are the limits of the Bundeswehr? We always want to bear in mind that - whether it's the Internet, digital photography or the GPS positioning system - the armed forces have always been the pioneers and drivers of civilian progress.

In cooperation with the Cyber Security Cluster Bonn e.V., the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

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.





Juli 10, 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".

Juli 06 2020 | Turntable NRW. The Transit Country at the Centre of World Politics

Panel discussion on 06 July 2020 6 - 7 p.m.


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 were offered to the audience.

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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