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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.

Webinar via Zoom

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

 

Dass Digitalisierung Gesellschaften grundlegend verändert, stimmt für China ebenso wie weltweit. Chinesinnen und Chinesen haben die vielfältigen neuen Nutzungsmöglichkeiten digitaler Technologien von den sozialen Medien bis hin zur elektronischen Justiz und im Gesundheitswesen schnell angenommen. Chinesische Digitalkonzerne haben kommerzielle Ökosystem geschaffen, die teils ihren Konkurrenten in den USA voraus sind. Die neuartigen und umfassenden Lenkungs- und Überwachungsdimensionen des chinesischen Internets stehen im Zentrum des Interesses, da sich in den letzten Jahren die politischen Rahmenbedingungen in China verhärtet haben und auch der Staats- und Parteiapparat in vielfältiger Weise digitale Technologien zur Überwachung seiner Bürger einsetzt. Das moderne China hat damit endgültig Liberalisierungshoffnungen enttäuscht und gezeigt, wie sich autoritäre Systeme mithilfe digitaler Technik stabilisieren können. Welche Auswirkungen haben die unterschiedlichen Aspekte digitaler Diktatur auf die Zivilgesellschaft und Menschenrechte in China? Welche Bedeutung hat Chinas Gegenmodell der Digitalisierung für Deutschland und Europa? Hat der Westen noch Handlungsspielräume, um auf die Menschenrechtslage in China einzuwirken? Und könnte China im Systemwettstreit sein eigenes Modell gar erfolgreich exportieren?

 

Greetings:
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer
Junior-Professor for International Relations and Global Politics of Technology
University of Bonn

Iris B. Müller
Programme Executive for North Rhine-Westphalia bei Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

 

Discussion:
Prof. Dr. Kristin Kupfer-Shi
Professor for sinology, University Trier and Associate Fellow at MERICS

Gyde Jensen
MdB, FDP, Chair of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid

 

Moderation:
Dr. Marina Rudyak
Heidelberg University
 

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

This event was held in German.

July 13, 2021 | Deutsche Krieger: Vom Kaiserreich zur Berliner Republik - eine Militärgeschichte


July 13, 2021, 06:00 p.m. c.t.

Hybrid event: in the ceremonial hall of the University of Bonn & available as Live-Stream

Book presentation with subsequent panel discussion

 

Der ehemalige Generalinspekteur General a.D. Klaus Naumann wird das im Herbst 2020 erschienene Buch „Deutsche Krieger: Vom Kaiserreich zur Berliner Republik – eine Militärgeschichte“ von Sönke Neitzel mit ebendiesem sowie Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie im Gespräch vorstellen.

Die Bedeutung des Soldaten für Staat und Gesellschaft und seine Wahrnehmung in Politik und Öffentlichkeit gehen bisweilen auseinander. Dabei bleibt die Grundvoraussetzung für die Erfüllung des Auftrags von Streitkräften unverändert die Wahrnehmung und Akzeptanz in der Gesellschaft. Diese Akzeptanz ist nichts Statisches, sie muss vielmehr immer wieder aufs Neue erworben und behauptet werden, denn sie verändert sich mit den außen- und innenpolitischen Rahmenbedingungen. Zugleich gibt es in der Binnenwelt der Militärs bei allem Wandel der Zeiten Bleibendes, das zudem Angehörige von Streitkräften über die Nationen hinweg verbindet. Damit ist der Ausgangspunkt für die grundlegende, minutiös aus den Quellen gearbeitete Untersuchung des Potsdamer Militärhistorikers Sönke Neitzel beschrieben, die vergangenen Herbst im Propyläen-Verlag vorgelegt worden ist. Erstmalig wird dabei auf über 800 Seiten der gesamte Zeitraum von der Begründung des deutschen Nationalstaats im Jahr 1871 über sein Scheitern als Großmacht im Jahr 1945, die langen Jahre der Teilung und schließlich die Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands in Frieden und Freiheit anno 1990 bis in die Gegenwart in den Blick genommen. Im Zentrum steht für Neitzel die Frage, ob es eine nationale Militärkultur Deutschlands wirklich gegeben habe, „was mit ihr nach 1945 passierte, was von ihr überdauerte, was geändert oder umgedeutet wurde.“

 

Discussion:
Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel
Professor für Militärgeschichte/ Kulturgeschichte der Gewalt, Universität Potsdam

General a.D. Klaus Naumann
ehemaliger Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie
Henry-Kissinger-Professor, Universität Bonn

 

In cooperation with the Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH.

This event was held in German.

 

July 13, 2021 | The Weimar Triangle at 30 Prospects for Cooperation among France, Germany and Poland in foreign, security and defense policy


July 13, 2021, 05:00 - 06:30 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

 

The trilateral cooperation forum among France, Germany and Poland – the Weimar Triangle – celebrates the 30th anniversary this year. Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, there have been growing calls to revive and intensify cooperation among the three continental European partners, in light of the need to reinforce leadership, cohesion and unity within the EU. Rising security threats at EU borders combined with a return of great power competition adds to the rationale of working together within the Triangle to strengthen Europe’s response to these challenges. At the same time, substantive policy differences among France, Germany and Poland are real and numerous. Whether it comes to threat perceptions, transatlantic partnership, relations with Russia, or EU Common Security and Defense Policy, Paris, Berlin and Warsaw do not see eye to eye. Does the Weimar Triangle have a potential to become a driving force for EU security and defense cooperation? To what extent can it strengthen solidarity within the EU and boost Europe’s standing at the international level? How can France, Germany and Poland sort out their differences and find a common ground on issues of strategic importance?

 

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

Speakers:
Dr. Tobias Koepf
Stiftung Genshagen

Dr. Maxime Lefebvre
ESCP Europe

Dr. Monika Sus
Polish Academy of Sciences and Center for International Security, Hertie School
 

Moderation:
Dr. Iulian Romanyshyn
CASSIS, University of Bonn and Egmont Institute


In cooperation with The Charlemagne Prize Academy.

This event was held in Englisch.

 

July 08, 2021 | (Mis)Labeling Terrorist Organizations: Violent Non-State Actors and their Variegated Modes of Warfare


July 8, 2021, 06:15 - 07:45 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

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, Prof. Dr. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings:
Prof. Dr. Xuewu Gu
Professor for International Relations and
Director of the Center for Global Studies,
University of Bonn

 

Lecture & following Discussion:
Prof. Dr. Assaf Moghadam
Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

 

Moderation:
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Hilz
Professor for Political Science and
Directir of the Center for Advanced Security,
Strategic and Integration Studies, University of Bonn

 

In cooperation with the Fachschaft Politik & Soziologie.

This event was held in English.

July 07, 2021 | Chinas wachsende Datenmacht - Implikationen für Europa (Reihe "Deutsch-Französischer Strategischer Dialog")


July 07, 202, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CET

Webinar via Zoom

Mit dem rasanten Aufstieg chinesischer Internetunternehmen wie Tencent, ByteDance, Alibaba, und dem damit zunehmenden technologischen Wettbewerb wird die Sammlung und Nutzung von Daten zu einem Schauplatz von Geoökonomie und Geopolitik. Die Frage, mit welchen nationalen Strategien auf diese Zuspitzung reagiert werden sollte, wird immer wichtiger. Tendenzen wie die militärisch-zivile Verschmelzung datenbasierter Technologien, Chinas Aufstieg zur globalen Datenmacht neben den USA, sowie die zunehmende Fragmentierung digitaler Infrastrukturen verstärken die Unübersichtlichkeit dieses Politikfelds. Dieses Webinar stellt den Begriff der „Datenmacht“ in den Mittelpunkt und nimmt Chinas Datenpolitik mit besonderem Blick auf deren Relevanz für die deutsch-französische bzw. europäische strategische Koordination unter die Lupe nehmen. Zentrale Leitfragen hierzu sind:

- Was versteht man unter dem Begriff „Datenmacht"? Wie groß ist Chinas globale Datenmacht?

- Wie lässt sich Chinas Konnektivitätspolitik im Vergleich mit den USA und der EU beurteilen?

- Welche Auswirkungen—wirtschaftlich, geopolitisch, innovationspolitisch—hat Chinas Datenmacht in Europa?

- Welche Konfliktlinien und Chancen für Frankreich und Deutschland entstehen im Wettstreit um Datenmacht?

- Welche strategischen Instrumente sollten angewendet werden und welche Rolle sollen die USA bei deren Entwicklung spielen?


Discussion:
Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth
Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt

Tyson Barker
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik

Pierre-Adrien Hanania
Capgemini

Dr. Ying Huang
Universität Bonn

Buchholz Hilmar
Herdius

Moderation:
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer
Universität Bonn

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

This event was held in German.

June 30, 2021 | Eine europäische Strategie für den Mittelmeerraum: Herausforderungen und Chancen (Reihe "Deutsch-Französischer Strategischer Dialog")



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

Webinar via Zoom

Link to the recording

 

Das Aufeinandertreffen französischer und türkischer Kriegsschiffe vor der Küste Libyens im Juni 2020 war der Höhepunkt eines Streits, der schon seit vielen Jahren schwelte. Ob Berg-Karabach, Libyen, Syrien oder der Gasstreit im Mittelmeer: In den wichtigsten Konflikten der Region stehen sich Frankreich und die Türkei feindlich gegenüber.
Seit der Suez-Krise (1956) hatte sich die europäische Außenpolitik gegenüber dem Nahen Osten und dem Südlichen Mittelmeer in einem US-zentristischen Rahmen bewegt. Diesen Rahmen gibt es nun nicht mehr: Durch ihren Rückzug aus dem Östlichen Mittelmeer und aus großen Teilen des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens haben die USA ein Machtvakuum hinterlassen, das für die Türkei neue Möglichkeiten eröffnet. Frankreich, das sich als Ordnungsmacht in der Region sieht, betrachtet die türkischen Ambitionen mit Argwohn. Sie seien Teil einer breitangelegten Politik, die viel über den Zustand der NATO aussage und eine koordinierte Reaktion der Allianz und der EU erfordere. Doch die Türkei, die sich außenpolitisch gerne ambivalent verhält, hat gezeigt, dass sie in manchen Gebieten ein guter Partner sein kann und weiterhin Interesse an guten Beziehungen zur EU hat.
Deutschland tut sich besonders schwer mit einem Kurs. Dies wird nicht nur durch das ambivalente Verhältnis zur Türkei illustriert, sondern zeigte sich bereits am Auseinanderdriften der strategischen Ziele der Bundesrepublik und Frankreichs im Bürgerkriegsland Libyen und im jüngsten Aufflammen des Westsaharakonflikt, der die Lage im westlichen Mittelmeer einmal mehr verkompliziert. Unterschiedliche Interessen, historische Verbindungen und strategische Schwerpunktsetzungen erschweren somit schon im deutsch-französischen Kern die Entwicklung einer klaren europäischen Strategie für die Region.
Das Webinar nimmt die unterschiedlichen Positionen in den Blick, ordnet sie in einen größeren historischen Kontext ein und formuliert Handlungsoptionen für die Zukunft.

 

Participants:
Dr. Hürcan Aslı Aksoy
Stellvertretende Leiterin Centrum für angewandte Türkeistudien (CATS), SWP

Prof. Ulrich Schlie
Henry Kissinger Professur für Sicherheits- und Strategieforschung und Direktor des CASSIS, Universität Bonn

Dr. Bruno Tertrais
Deputy Director Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS)

Moderation:
Andreas Noll
Deutschlandfunk

Supported by the Stiftung Internationale Begegnung der Sparkasse in Bonn.

This event was held in German and French. Simultaneous interpreting was provided for viewers and participants.

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

24.06.21_Chinas_Renaissance_Poster_FINAL.pngJune 24, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

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

 

Wer heute in China von einer Metropole zur anderen reisen möchte, fährt bequem im „Renaissance EMU“. Der Name des 350 km/h fahrenden Hochgeschwindigkeitszuges ist kein Zufall. Bereits vor mehr als 100 Jahren, als das Kaiserreich zusammenbrach und die Phase der Republik begann, sprachen chinesische Gelehrte, Studierende und Politiker von einem neuen Zeitalter, eben einer Renaissance, die für ihr Land anbreche. Aber gab es wirklich eine Renaissance in China und wie unterscheidet sich die chinesische Version von der europäischen? Ist der Begriff mit all seinen normativen Geltungsansprüchen etwas einzigartig Europäisches oder so universell, dass er auch in Bezug auf Chinas Moderne authentisch angewendet werden kann? Und was bedeutet die chinesische Aneignung der Renaissance einerseits für Chinas heutiges Selbstverständnis als globalem Akteur und andererseits für europäische Sichten auf China?

 

 

Greetings:
Iris B. Müller

Referentin des Landesbüros NRW der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit


Panelists:
Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler

Gründungsdirektorin des Centrums für Asienwissenschaften und Transkulturelle Studien (CATS)
& Professorin für Sinologie, Universität Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Maissen
Direktor des Deutschen Historischen Instituts Paris (DHIP)

Moderation:
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer

Junior-Professor für Internationale Beziehungen und globale Technologiepolitik, Universität Bonn

 

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

This event was held in German.

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

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. (CET)

Webinar via Zoom

You may access the full program of the event here.

 

Current power shifts, crises, and hybrid threats are causing major structural changes in the world and are raising many questions regarding international and European security cooperation. Recognized experts will focus on and discuss current security policy issues, focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced by the United Kingdom, Europe, and North Rhine-Westphalia in shaping global and European security structures.


The event is jointly organized by the Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategy Studies at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies of the University of Bonn and the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University (UK) and with kind support of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia.

 

 

 

 

Contributors among others
Sir Richard Dearlove
Former Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service

Prof Roland Koch
Former Minister President of Hesse

Prof Ludger Kühnhardt
University of Bonn

Dr Jana Puglierin
European Council on Foreign Relations

Prof Suzanne Raine
University of Cambridge

Prof Ulrich Schlie
University of Bonn

Prof Brendan Simms
University of Cambridge

Dr Mark Speich
State Secretary, State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia

 

This event was held in German and English. Simultaneous interpreting was provided for viewers and participants.

May 27, 2021 | Begegnungen mit Henry Kissinger - Symposium aus Anlass des 98. Geburtstags & in memoriam Walter Kissinger (1924-2021) - „Henry Kissinger und Deutschland“

28.05.21_Henry_Kissinger-2.pngMay 27, 2021, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. CET

Hybrid event: in Fürth & as a webinar via Zoom

You can download the program here.

You can access the recording of the event here.

 

Wie kein zweiter Politiker hat Henry Kissinger auf das Deutschlandbild und die Wahrnehmung Europas in den letzten fast 60 Jahren in der amerikanischen Außenpolitik Einfluss genommen. Mit seiner Biographie, seinen fränkischen Wurzeln, mit der von den Nationalsozialisten erzwungenen Emigration seiner Familie im Jahr 1938 und seiner stupenden Karriere, zuerst als Harvard-Professor, dann als National Security Advisor und Außenminister der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika und als politischer Berater, steht er für die Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts.
Die Veranstaltung fragt nach den prägenden Einflüssen Kissingers auf das Deutschland- und Europabild der amerikanischen Regierungen seit den 1960er Jahren und nimmt die Rolle in den Blick, die Henry Kissinger im gleichen Zeitraum in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit und als informeller Ratgeber der außenpolitischen Eliten in Deutschland gespielt hat.

 

 

Welcome and Opening:
Evi Kurz, TV-Journalistin und Vorstandsvorsitzende Stiftung Ludwig-Erhard-Haus
Christian Schmidt MdB, Bundesminister a.D. und Präsident der Deutschen Atlantischen Gesellschaft e.V.
Markus Söder MdL, Ministerpräsident des Freistaats Bayern
Thomas Jung, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Fürth
Robin S. Quinville, Geschäftsträgerin a.i. der Botschaft der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika in Berlin
Ulrich Schlie, Henry-Kissinger-Professor für Sicherheits- und Strategieforschung, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Film
„Die Kissinger-Saga. Walter und Henry Kissinger – Zwei Brüder aus Fürth“

Conversation with Henry Kissinger:
Karl Kaiser, Em. Adjunct Professor für Public Policy und Senior Fellow beim Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Theo Sommer, Editor-at-Large, Die ZEIT

Discussions on life and work of Henry Kissinger:
Stefan Fröhlich, Professor für Internationale Politik und Politische Ökonomie am Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Christian Hacke, Em. Professor für Politische Wissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Elisabeth Hauschild, Generalbevollmächtigte der Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG
Matthias Herdegen, Direktor des Instituts für Öffentliches Recht und des Instituts für Völkerrecht, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Karl Kaiser, Em. Adjunct Professor für Public Policy und Senior Fellow beim Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
John C. Kornblum, Ehemaliger Botschafter der Vereinigten Staaten in Deutschland, Senior Advisor am Center for Strategic and International Studies
Evi Kurz, Journalistin und Vorstandsvorsitzende Stiftung Ludwig-Erhard-Haus
Uwe Nerlich, Berater für internationale Sicherheitspolitik; Co-Chair Vaduz Roundtable
Ulrich Schlie, Henry-Kissinger-Professor für Sicherheits- und Strategieforschung, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Christian Schmidt MdB, Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestags, Bundesminister a.D. und Präsident der Deutschen Atlantischen Gesellschaft e.V.
Theo Sommer, Editor-at-Large, Die ZEIT
Michael Stürmer, Em. Professor für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Thomas Weber, Professor für Geschichte und Internationale Beziehungen und Direktor des Centre for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen

In cooperation with the Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft e.V. in Berlin and the Ludwig Erhard Zentrum in Fürth.

This event was held 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
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 was held in English.

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

20.05.2021_Poster_Taiwan.pngMay 20, 2021, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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

Ulrich Lechte
MdB Freie Demokraten, Vorsitzender Unterausschuss Vereinte Nationen, internationale Organisationen und Globalisierung

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

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

This event was held in German.
 

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

Critical Raw Materials Flyer_Final.pngMay 20, 2021, 12 - 2 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

 

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 was held 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

 

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.

May 07, 2021 | The Challenge of Extremism. Deradicalisation and prevention as answers to social polarisation? (Lecture Series "Franco-German Strategic Dialogue")

3.jpgMay 7, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Webinar

 

The "challenge of extremism" appears in the daily news in multiple forms. From brutal attacks by islamist 'Home Grown Terrorists' to growing and violent right-wing extremist networks and heterogeneous left-wing extremist structures rejecting the state system: extremism poses a significant threat to the security of liberal democracies and therefore especially to Germany, its neighbours and closest partners.

Cross-border radicalisation, extremism and terrorism are closely linked to the increasing polarisation of our societies, so this problem can only be addressed and overcome successfully with a collective approach. Thus, prevention and deradicalisation embody tasks for the society as a whole, especially in relation to polarisation. Due to the complexity of the phenomenon of extremism, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to countering this threat in advance. Rather, current preventive strategies must always be questioned on the basis of past experiences and be adapted to current social conditions.

Consequently, the question of how we can meet the complex extremist challenge today arises. Which measures and programmes, for example regarding prevention and deradicalisation in relation to Islamist extremism, have proven to be effective in the past and how can they be adapted for today's social situation? Which different strategies are France, Belgium and Germany pursuing individually and together?

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Institut français Bonn and the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS), in cooperation with the French Embassy in Belgium, offer an opportunity to examine and discuss these questions with high-ranking experts from different perspectives.

Panel:
Nicolas Hénin, Radicalisation Awareness Network
Sofia Koller, DGAP
Dr. Alina Neitzert, BICC
Thomas Renard, Egmont Institut

Moderation:
Andreas Noll, Deutschlandfunk

In cooperation with "Institut français Bonn", the "Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit" and the French Embassy in Belgium.

This event was hold in German.

May 5, 2021 | Aberdeen & Bonn Global Conversation with Nele Lenze and Robert Traynham on Democracy, Social Media, and AI in the Arab World

May 5, 2021, 3 p.m.

The Conversation on Democracy, Social Media, and AI in the Arab World is with Nele Lenze and Robert Traynham.

Nele Lenze is the Publishing Director of Berlin Story Verlag. Formerly a researcher at RMIT University, the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, the National University of Singapore, the LSE, and the University of Oslo, Dr Lenze is the author of ‘Politics and Digital Literature in the Middle East’.


Robert Traynham is the Head of External Affairs of Facebook as well as Adjunct Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is also the Vice President of the Bipartisan Policy Center, the D.C. Bureau Chief of the Comcast Network as well as a Senior Staffer on Capitol Hill. Dr Traynham will speak in a personal capacity.

In cooperation with the Centre for Global Security and Governance of the University of Aberdeen.

This event is hold in English.

April 29, 2021 | 100 Days into the Biden Presidency

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April 29, 2021, 6 p.m.

Webinar via Zoom

You have access to the recording of the full event here.

When US President Joe Biden entered the White House on January 20th, he came with an ambitious agenda: Fight the COVID-19 pandemic, push US economic recovery, overhaul global climate policy and reinvigorate transatlantic relations and security, only to name some of the biggest points.
After 100 days in office, Joe Biden has gotten several projects of the ground. Following up on his Predecessor’s Operation Warp Speed, it only took him about 50 days to fulfil his vow of 100 million vaccinations. Moreover, Biden signed a $1.9 trillion relief package in response to economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also taken steps to rebuild transatlantic trust has pledged to reinitiate relations with the EU.

There are, however, many challenges that still need to be addressed: A wave of border crossings has led to humanitarian problems in overcrowded US facilities along the US-Mexico border. Racial and gun violence is still a huge issue across the nation. And reviving the transatlantic economic and security alliance will require more than statements of intents.

Dr. Josef Braml, research fellow at CASSIS, and Rachel Rizzo, adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, will discuss President Biden’s first 100 days and prospects of his many days in office yet to come. The talk will be presented by the political journalist Florian Bauer.

A cooperation between AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) and the Student Council “Politics & Sociology” of Bonn University.


Discussion:
Dr. Josef Braml
Research fellow, CASSIS

Rachel Rizzo
Center for a New American Security

 

Moderation:
Florian Bauer
Political journalist (i.a. ARD and Phoenix)

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

This event is hold in English.

April 29, 2021 | Leading the way to net zero emissions? - The development of UK's hydrogen sector

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Webinar via Zoom


This webinar will introduce the first joint study - titled Leading the way to net zero emissions? The development of the UK’s hydrogen sector - conducted by the European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) - Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS), University of Bonn, and the Centre for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen

Specifically, it will explore the UK’s, and particularly Scotland’s, approach in terms of supporting the deployment of hydrogen in its ambition to reach a net-zero emission target by 2050. Despite lacking an official strategy at the time of publication of this report, the UK is forging ahead with a number of complex projects and is already considered one of the world’s top ten countries to actively seek the development of a hydrogen sector. To better understand the dynamics behind this drive and to determine whether the UK model can serve as a blueprint for European hydrogen projects, the author of this paper, Dr. Aura Sabadus, will identify and elaborate on factors that have contributed to this remarkable development as well as the challenges facing the sector. In addition, we are happy to have Dr. Alfonso Martinez-Felipe, who will shed more light on the subject from the UK perspective.

It is our hope that the research gathered on the UK experience, and the policy recommendations based on this information, will provide you with new insights and prove to be useful for European stakeholders in their own efforts to ramp up a hydrogen economy.

 

 

Greetings & Introductory Remarks:
Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger
on behalf of EUCERS, CASSIS, University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie
on behalf of CASSIS &
Centre for Global Security and Governance of the University of Aberdeen

Ann-Kristin Müller
on behalf of Zukunft Gas

Impulse Statements:
Dr. Alfonso Martinez-Felipe
Centre for Energy Transition, University of Aberdeen

Presentation:
Dr. Aura Sabadus
Author of the study

 

In cooperation with the Centre for Global Security and Governance of the University of Aberdeen.

This event is hold in English.
 

April 28, 2021 | Aberdeen & Bonn Global Conversation with Ali Tekin on the Decay of Democracy in Turkey, the Rise of Populism, and the Role of Religion in Public Life

April 28, 2021, 5:00 p.m.


Professor Ali Tekin is a former MP, representing the Democratic Left Party in the Turkish parliament. In 2002, Tekin served as representative of the Turkish Parliament in the EU Convention responsible for a Draft Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. He also was a member of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Formerly serving as Professor and Vice Dean at Yaşar University and Bilkent University, Prof. Tekin is the author, most recently, of Shift to Productive Cycle: An Agenda for Turkish Transformation in an Era of Global Change. Focusing on the current problems of Turkish democracy, economy and foreign policy, it lays out an alternative path for the future.

In cooperation with the Centre for Global Security and Governance of the University of Aberdeen.

April 22, 2021 | China's Reaction to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons for Europe?
(Lecture Series "Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections")

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April 22, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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

 

One year after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the consequences of the disparate pandemic strategies, which East Asian and European countries implemented, are becoming more apparent. Different from European countries, China decided early to eliminate Sars-Cov-2. After a strict lockdown, wide-ranging testing, and the use of digital technologies, China has returned to a “normality”, which is both admired and looked at skeptically in the West. Could a liberal Europe learn from China’s strict pandemic policies? What is the international and economic aftermath of China’s strategies? Did China’s political system become more authoritarian due to the pandemic? Which mistakes did China make during the first outbreak in Wuhan? And what do the Chinese think about Europe’s pandemic management?

 

 

Greeting:
Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg,
Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Karl-Heinz Paqué, Chief executive of the "Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit"
Iris B. Müller, Speaker of the Landesbüro NRW of the "Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit"

Discussion:
Shi Ming
, freelance journalist
Prof. Dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier, Georg-August-University Göttingen
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer, University of Bonn

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

April 22, 2021 | Quo vadis Turkey? Geopolitical role and political perspectives

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April 22, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m

Webinar

 

 

Public discussion on the topic "Quo vadis Turkey? Geopolitical Role and Political Perspectives" via Zoom.

After the welcoming remarks by Ulrich Schlie, Henry Kissinger Chair for Security and Strategy Studies, and Dr. Martin Barth, Secretary General of the Görres-Gesellschaft, Michael Thumann, foreign policy correspondent at DIE ZEIT and renowned expert on Turkey, will introduce the discussion with an impulse statement. The discussion will focus on the relationship between religion and politics and Turkey's future geopolitical orientation. At the same time, the study "Turkey as a Great Power? A Critical Appraisal" by the European Institute for Counter Terrorism and Conflict Prevention will be launched during the discussion.

 

 

Participants in the discussion
Dr. Hüseyin I. Çiçek, M.D.
Univ.-Ass. Postdoc at the Chair for Alevi Theological at the Department of Islamic-Theological Studies, University of Vienna

Brigadier Mag. Gustav E. Gustenau
Deputy President of the European Institute for Counter Terrorism and Conflict Prevention, Vienna

Franz Karg
Junior Policy Analyst in the Regulatory Policy Division at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris

Dr. Shushanik Minasyan
Research Assistant at the Institute of Political Science and Sociology, University Bonn

Gegerly Pröhle
Former Ambassador and Director of the Otto von Habsburg Foundation, Budapest

Herbert Scheibner
President of the European Institute for Counter Terrorism and Conflict Prevention, Vienna

Dr. Frank Umbach
Research Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at the CASSIS, University Bonn

Prof. Thomas Weber
Professor of History and International Affairs and Director of the Centre of Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen

In cooperation with the Centre of Global Security and Governance of the University of Aberdeen and the Görres-Gesellschaft zur Pflege der Wissenschaft.

April 20, 2021 | Aberdeen & Bonn Global Conversation with Wang Li on the Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

April 20, 2021, 3 p.m

The Conversation with Professor Wang Li will sketch out the future of the Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership against the backdrop of China’s changing relationship with the West. It will examine the place of the strategic partnership in the China NEWS (North-East-West-South) Strategy. Further it will address as to why the relationship between China and Russia is not taking the form of an alliance.

Wang Li is Professor of Security and Diplomacy at the School of International and Public Affairs at Jilin University, as well as the author of several books on world order and Chinese foreign and security policy.

In cooperation with the Centre for Global Security and Governance of the University of Aberdeen.

April 8, 2021 | Rise Above? Debating Political and Organizational Fragmentations in European Space Policies (Lecture Series "Franco-German Strategic Dialogue")

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April 8, 2021, 9 - 11 a.m

Webinar

 

 

 

The current scientific and economic objectives of ESA’s and EU’s space missions and infrastructures are set in a highly political landscape of European industry and internal political dynamics, and Europe’s strategic alignment against great powers such as China, America and Russia. Despite the increasing political and economic importance of space research and exploration, legal competencies and policy activities of the EU and ESA still stand apart. This fragmentation in space policy, which is additionally flanked by national space strategies of the EU member countries, activities of the intergovernmental organization EUMETSAT and several intergovernmental bodies for satellite communications, bears important consequences and challenges for the near future of a coherent and competitive EU space policy. This Webinar seeks to identify the challenges ahead and discusses potential pathways of the future European space policy.

 

Participants

Matthias Wachter is Head of Department for International Cooperation, Security Policy, Raw Materials and Space at the Federation of German Industries (BDI). He is a member of the Space Program Commission at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Dr. Nina Klimburg-Witjes is a post-doc researcher in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna. Her work focuses on the politics of innovation, securitization processes and imaginations of social order vis-à-vis space technology and politics. She was a visiting fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), is a member of the German Expert Network on Security & Technology in Outer Space and a founding member of the international Social Studies of Outer Space Network.

Dr. Jean-Christophe Mauduit is a lecturer in science diplomacy at University College London Department of Science, Technology, Engineering in Public Policy. He holds a PhD in astronomy and an MA in international relations. He worked as a researcher on ESA and NASA satellite missions and as a Project Officer for the International Astronomical Union.

Dr. Andrew Williams is External Relations Officer at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and is responsible for strategic government relations. Prior to ESO he worked for over a decade as senior policy advisor for NATO and as a physicist for the government of the United Kingdom. He holds a degree in physics and a doctorate in public policy.

 

Chair
Dr. Katharina C. Cramer
is a research fellow at CASSIS working on international relations and the global politics of technology. Her research interests include various aspects of the history and politics of research infrastructures in the 20th and 21st centuries and the role of knowledge, innovation and technology in global contexts. She is author of A Political History of Big Science: The Other Europe (Palgrave) and co-editor of Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe (Edward Elgar).

In cooperation with "Institut français Bonn" and the "Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit".

February 25, 2021 | Europa und die geopolitische Dynamik in der Arktis. Was will, was kann, was soll die EU im Hohen Norden tun?

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February 25, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m

Online via Zoom

 

 

In the media and the public the arctic is an almost omnipresent topic by now. While the focus is mostly set on climate change and the macro-regional geographic, biotic and sometimes also the socio-economic dynamics of global warming, different change processes in the High North are taking place more silently. Not only Russia has remilitarized its arctic regions, Washington and partly Peking are seeming to be getting more ambitious in this region, as well. How is the European Union standing by these geopolitical changes right in front of its doorstep? Should and would the European Union become an arctic power? What is the European political approach regarding the High North and which issues would, should or could the European Union even influence?

 

 

 

 

Participants

Dr. Christoph Humrich is assistant professor at the Department of International Relations of the University of Groningen/NL. He investigates governance issues in the arctic, is the author of various publications regarding this topic, including co-editor of the “Logbuch Arktis. Der Raum, die Interessen und das Recht”, as well as co-founder and speaker of the DVPW group regarding polar and maritime politics.

Dr. Michael Paul is longtime employee and senior fellow of the foundation “Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)” in Berlin and amongst other things functioned as an expert for maritime security, as a project manager for the dialogue of armed forces and from 1995 – 2007 as the head of the research secretariat of the SWP. He published various research papers, magazine articles and monographs, including “Kriegsgefahr im Pazifik?” (Nomos 2017). Most recently he published a number of studies focusing on the current arctic politics.

Dr. Andreas Raspotnik is Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance of the Nord University, Bodø (Norway), Senior Fellow and Leadership Group Member at The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies in Washington, DC and Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) in Oslo. He is the author of various studies and research papers regarding arctic topics and published the monograph “The European Union and the Geopolitics of the Arctic” in 2018.

Chair
Dr. Joachim Weber is Senior Visiting Fellow at CASSIS, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel (ISPK) and was longtime employee in various federal ministries and federal authorities. Since several years his research focuses on the arctic and he concentrates on various subject areas regarding maritime security since decades. He is editor of the recent arctic handbook at Springer (“Handbook on Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic”, 2020).

In cooperation with the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel.

February 23, 2021 | Transatlantic Security: A New Hope? (Lecture Series: "Franco-German Strategic Dialogue")

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February 23, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom

 

According to EU Commission President Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Europe now has “a friend in the White House”. While many Europeans will share this sentiment, existing transatlantic security issues remain yet to be solved: on questions of NATO burden sharing (the infamous “2 %”), energy security (Nord Stream II), cyber security (Huawei), and possible troop movements within Europe, US President Joe Biden will without a doubt change the rhetoric, but not necessarily the entire substance of the conversation. In parallel, French advances at European Strategic Autonomy grow stronger beyond its national borders and may offer an alternative to the crumbling post-World War II order.

Against this background, an international round of transatlantic experts will discuss past, current, and future challenges – and opportunities – for transatlantic security.

 

 

 

Participants
Hans H. Stein

Director, Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Brussels

LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges
Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

Dr. Bruno Tertrais
Deputy Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris

Moderation
Sumi Somaskanda

Journalist, Senior News Anchor for DW News (Deutsche Welle)

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

January 11, 2021 | The West also lies in the East. What a European initiative in the "Indo-Pacific" could look like (Lecture Series "German-French Strategic Dialogue")

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Lecture is held in English and French

Keynote (in English):

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer,
Professor at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS)

Discussion (in French):

Elie Tenenbaum,
Research Fellow at the Security Studies Center, coordinator of the Defense Research Unit (LRD) of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt,
Director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) & Professor at CASSIS

Moderation: Dr. Claire Demesmay,
German Council on Foreign Relations, Head of the France Program

The notion of the "Indo-Pacific" as a geopolitical construct has taken on great significance in recent years, especially in the context of China's (re)emergence. While numerous countries - first and foremost the U.S. - have now presented their own conceptions for the region, the EU is still struggling with a clear positioning. France has been active there for a long time, and since 2014 it has stepped up its military exercises. This is not just about sovereignty and national interests.

Back in 2016, the Ministry of Defense in Paris developed a policy paper France and Security in the Asia-Pacific, in which France's role as a player in the region ("resident power") is officially underpinned. This was followed three years later by another document entitled France and Security in the Indo-Pacific. Since then, France has referred to itself as an "Indo-Pacific power."

Germany, whose prosperity depends to a large extent on trading with countries in the "Indo-Pacific," has only recently taken an official position on the issue (Guidelines on the Indo-Pacific, September 2020). While still being German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier had already organized a major conference on the region in 2015 (Indian Ocean Conference, June 9, 2015) and used this opportunity to draw attention to its strategic importance.

Now the German government is trying to make the "Indo-Pacific" a "priority of German foreign policy." What this means in concrete terms will be discussed at this event. The exchange will also focus on the French approach and address the opportunities and challenges of a European strategy in the region. In Beijing, "Indo-Pacific" is primarily understood as an US-led containment strategy directed against China. In his keynote speech, Prof. Mayer will discuss this and develop options for action for the EU and its member states.


In cooperation with the Institut français Bonn.

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