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

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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.

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

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.

Dr. Josef Braml
Research fellow, CASSIS

Rachel Rizzo
Center for a New American Security


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

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?



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"

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




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





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.



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.


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?






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.

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.




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

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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