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October 28, 2021 | “A Place in the Sun"? Naval Fleet Modernization in the Context of Chinese Geopolitics (Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

October 28, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. CET

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

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Trotz des Status als klassische Landmacht verfolgt die Volksrepublik China seit den 1980er Jahren eine systematische Aufrüstung ihrer Seestreitkräfte. Zunächst Bestandteil der „Vier Modernisierungen“ Deng Xiaopings, haben sich die chinesischen Verteidigungsausgaben insgesamt stetig vergrößert, während die militärischen Kapazitäten spürbar zugenommen haben. In den letzten Jahren sind die Implikationen dieses Trends insbesondere im Bereich der Marine deutlich zu bemerken. Chinas Flotte hat eine enorme Größe erreicht, besitzt Flugzeugträger und moderne U-Boote und hat ihren Operationsradius bis in die Ostsee ausgedehnt. Zudem wurde im Jahr 2017 die erste chinesische Marinebasis in Dschibuti errichtet.

Diese Entwicklungen werfen zahlreiche Fragen auf. Worin besteht Chinas grundlegende Motivation, die maritimen Streitkräfte zu modernisieren und derart auszubauen? Welche Ziele sollen damit erreicht werden und wie sieht Chinas langfristige Strategie im Südchinesischen Meer, im Pazifik und darüber hinaus aus? Wie groß ist die Bedeutung von Chinas Flotte für die sogenannte Neue Seidenstraße? Könnten neue Waffentypen und Sensorinfrastruktur wie Unterwasserdrohnen und Satellitensysteme die Machtprojektion der chinesischen Flotte derart verstärken, sodass es zu einer globalen Gegenmachtbildung (etwa Quad) kommen muss? Andererseits: kann (und möchte) Peking die USA als globalen Garanten für die Sicherheit von Seewegen herausfordern? Und: welche Gefahren und Chancen ergeben sich aus dem Erstarken chinesischer maritimer Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik für Europa?

 

Begrüßung
Iris B. Müller
Referentin des Landesbüros NRW der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer
Junior-Professor für Internationale Beziehungen und globale Technologiepolitik, Universität Bonn

 

Im Gespräch
Dr. Sarah Kirchberger
Abteilungsleiterin "Strategische Entwicklung in Asien-Pazifik" am Institut für Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Kiel

Prof. Dr. Xuewu Gu
Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Internationale Beziehungen der Universität Bonn und Direktor des Center for Global Studies Bonn

 

Moderation
Charles du Vinage
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

 

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

This event will be held in German.

November 09, 2021 | A Strategic Compass guided by the Core?

09.11. Strategischer Kompass.pngNovember 09, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. CET

Launch event of the new lecture series “European Strategic Dialogue”

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At the very time when the European Union is developing a “Strategic Compass” to define its military level of ambition and what it means for capability development and partnerships, the US’ Afghanistan withdrawal has forcefully demonstrated that this full-scale European exercise is of utmost importance. Not only after this case, but also in the context of an emerging “era of hyper-competitiveness", which Ursula von der Leyen described in her 2021 State of the Union address, the need for a stronger and more strategically autonomous Union is undisputed.

Equally indisputable remains the ambiguity of the concept of ‘strategic autonomy’. There is for sure no lack of ambition. French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte recently delivered a joint statement on how to “strengthen Europe’s role as a global player” (31.08.2021). Is an internally increasingly stressed Union even capable of finding a common line with regards to strategic issues? Can the gap between idealistic aspirations and hard realpolitik, the division between the promotion of a human rights-based global order and a realistic and strategic pursuit of security interests – even in cooperation with questionable partners – be bridged? What can be the basis for strategic and determined engagement, which role could states like France, Germany and the Netherlands play, and what conditions have to be met so that the nebulous concept of ‘strategic autonomy’ materializes? These and other questions will be discussed from a Franco-Dutch-German perspective during the webinar.

 

Welcoming
Luis Vassy
French Ambassador to the Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch (tbc)
Rector of the University of Bonn


Panel
Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops
Chair of Security Studies and Scientific Director of the Institut of Security and Global Affairs , Leiden University

Dirk Brengelmann
Former Ambassador of Germany to the Netherlands and Brazil, CASSIS, University of Bonn

Dr. Alice Pannier (tbc)
Head of Geopolitics of Technology Program, IFRI


Moderation
Sophie Véritier 
Institut of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

 

“European Strategic Dialogue” is a continuing series of webinars which is being organized in cooperation with the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University, the Institut français des Pays-Bas, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) at the University of Bonn.

This event will be held in English.

November 16, 2021 | "US Democracy in Turmoil?"
(Part of the International Round Table)

16.11. Kongressabgeordnete-2.pngNovember 16, 2021, 12:30 p.m. CET

Lectures by former US-congressman The Hon. Dr. Charles Boustany and former congresswoman The Hon. Loretta Sanchez about "US Democracy in Turmoil?".

A year of political earthquakes is coming to an end. Donald Trump, at the end of the last year and in early 2021, rejected and challenged the official voting results and his deselection. The following Capitol riots became – like the earlier unrests of BLM protesters – yet another symbol of a deeply rifted society. The rules and standards of modern democracies like the acceptance of the rule of law, peaceful protests and respectful transitions after democratic elections have been challenged, if not damaged.

To this adds that America’s new President Joe Biden is facing tremendous challenges abroad and, to name just a few, with the COVID-19 pandemic (next to the now emerging economic consequences of the world’s excessive fiscal policies to tackle it), China’s impressive re-emergence as a global superpower or the pressures created by global climate change, Big Tech’s digital power or sizeable migration waves the Biden Administration is in dire need to find workable, affordable and sustainable solutions for pressing questions of both national and global scope. Moreover, after an almost twenty years long military engagement in Afghanistan, Washington’s hasty and bloody withdrawal from Afghanistan has drawn a battered picture of Western democracies and their military prowess. All in all, it appears that no “end of history” (Francis Fukuyama) can be expected and that “there is no advanced industrial democracy in the world more politically divided, or politically dysfunctional, than the US today” (Ian Bremmer).

As long-term former Members of Congress, our honorable guests from the United States, Loretta Sanchez (Democrat, 1997-2017) and Dr. Charles Boustany (Republican, 2005-2017), will help us to shed more light on the inner workings of the US democracy and will provide us with a better understanding of how the US wants to hold its ground against severe national and global challenges while being perhaps more divided than ever before in history due to identity-driven grievances, economic disparities and political fissures.

 

Welcoming

Christan M. Schlaga
Presidium member of the International Club Bonn La Redoute,
Former German Ambassador to Namibia

 

Lectures

Loretta Sanchez (Democrat)
Former Member of the US House of Representatives from California's 46th/47th District (1997-2017)

Dr. Charles Boustany (Republican)
Former Member of the US House of Representatives from Louisiana's 7th/3rd District (2005-2017)

 

Summary

Dr. Benjamin Becker
Director of the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.

 

In cooperation with the AmerikaHaus NRW and the International Club La Redoute.

This event will be held in English.

November 16, 2021 | Strategic Challenges of Digitization - Foreign Policy in Times of
Digital Transformation

November 16, 2021, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. CET

 

More information forthcoming.

 

Welcoming Remarks

Prof Ulrich Schlie
Henry Kissinger Professor for Security and Strategic Studies and Director of the CASSIS, University of Bonn

Prof Sabine N. Meyer
Co-Director of the North American Studies Program and Professor of American Studies, University of Bonn


Introductory Remarks

Benjamin Becker
Director of the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., Cologne


Chair

Dr Scott Robbins
Research Fellow at the CASSIS, University of Bonn, Founder of Responsible Robotics

 

Discussion

Dr Charles Boustany
Former Member of the US House of Representatives from Louisiana's 7th/3rd District (2005-2017)

Prof Key Pousttchi
Director of the wi-mobile Institute for Digital Transformation, Potsdam

Loretta Sanchez
Former Member of the US House of Representatives from California's 46th/47th District (1997-2017)

 

Moderation

N.N.

 

This event will be held in English.

November 18, 2021 | Alternative Development Models and the Influence of Maoism in the Global South (Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

November 18, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. CET

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

More information forthcoming.

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

This event will be held in German.

November 19, 2021 | Exploring Past, Present and Future of European-African
Security Relations

19.11. European-African  Security Relations-5.pngNovember 19, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. CET

Lecture by Bonn SDG Fellow Dr. Maria Ayuk about the European-African security relations.

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For many decades, the focus on security has been centred on traditional security, occurring right from the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial eras. Conventional security issues are centred around threats against the significant values of the state, territorial integrity, and political sovereignty. Traditional security issues such as inter-state conflicts, competing international systems of order and the return of geopolitics were considered prime. However, the emerging conversation now is centred around non-traditional security. Non-traditional security challenges such as natural disasters, terrorism, extremism, gang violence, cyber and energy security, human security, and health security, precisely pandemics like COVID-19, are considered threats in a landscape that has been described as transnational.

More importantly, Europe has remained a critical security partner of Africa since the period of colonialism. Due to pressing global challenges and the increasing geopolitical importance of the African continent as a hotspot for climate change, insecurity and instability, migration, extremism, terrorism, rapid population growth etc., strengthening relations with African countries has been of strategic importance for the European Union (EU). Almost no conceivable security task can be handled without the EU’s help, especially in and near Africa, but also well beyond it. Many scholars have questioned such a relationship as interventionists, particularly the conduct of the EU in Libya, Mali, and the broader West African Sahel region. The connection is not confounded on equity, co-production of knowledge and co-solutions, but rather an issue of an asymmetrical power relationship of “white saviour”. How can the EU and Africa broaden their roles, fill up all the gaps existing in their security relationship in the future, considering further emerging challenges to their symbiotic relationship, especially with other actors like China, the USA and Russia?

Against this backdrop, this lecture aims to revisit European-Africa security relations by looking at the past and present affairs and projecting the relationship in the next decade and beyond.

 

Welcoming

Richard Rohde
Bonn Section Head, Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik e.V.

 

Lecture

Dr. Maria Ayuk
Bonn SDG Fellow, CASSIS, University of Bonn

 

Moderation

Dr. Rogelio Madrueño
Research Fellow, CASSIS, University of Bonn

 

In cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik e.V. (GSP, Society for Security Policy).

This event will be held in English.

November 24, 2021 | The fight against anti-Semitism as a challenge for international security and human rights policy

November 24, 2021

More information forthcoming.

This event will be held in German.

December 9, 2021 | Varieties of Capitalism and Governance in China
(Lecture Series: “Understanding China's Modernity — European Reflections”)

December 9, 2021, 6:30 - 8 p.m. CET

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

More information forthcoming.

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

This event will be held in German.

 

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