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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

Webinar ID: 918 6350 0116
Webinar Kenncode: 816204


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.

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

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Meeting-ID: 980 1903 6265
Kenncode: 768430


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 towards a common space policy despite the complex landscape of supranational and independent intergovernmental bodies.


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 was initially trained in physics and holds a PhD in astronomy. He then 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".

April 22, 2021 | Presentation of a specialist study focussing on "The geostrategic role of Turkey" 

More information forthcoming.

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

May 20, 2021, 12 - 2 p.m

Webinar via Zoom

Critical raw materials (CRMs) are essential for key future sectors, industries and technologies, including agriculture and food production, renewable energies, battery development, electric cars, robotics, "Industry 4.0", digital technologies, and artificial intelligence, just to name a few. As a result, global demand for CRMs will significantly increase in the coming years, intensifying global competition. Against this backdrop, the issue of the importance of the supply security of CRMs has become a key item on the European Commission’s political agenda in recent years.

Germany, the EU’s largest economy, is already one of the world's fifth largest importers of raw materials and is a 100% net importer of metal ores and concentrates. 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. China already dominates many value chains and is vying to control entire global value chains for key technologies, including the necessary demand for 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. A political answer will have to be found very soon.

Initial steps are being taken. Both the German government and the EU 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? If not, what additional policy measures are necessary? How will these efforts impact current relations with China and other suppliers? What countries could be potential new suppliers? What are the security, economic and other risks, but also opportunities, associated with the EU’s efforts to diversify CRM imports, build its own value chains and form strategic partnerships? This event will feature policymakers, leading experts, and industry representatives to address these and other crucial issues associated with CRM supply security.

September 29 - October 2, 2021 | International Security Forum Bonn 2021

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September 29 - October 2, 2021

The International Security Forum Bonn 2021 is a high-level international event to ensure a dialogue on contemporary topics of foreign and security politics. The goal of the International Security Forum is to ensure a debate between experts and practitioners, to identify vital aspects of a successful European foreign and security policy, and develop holistic strategical solutions for pressing challenges.


More information forthcoming.










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