German Security Policy after the Federal Election

October 25, 2017

Global and regional conflicts, policy uncertainty and diverging visions of a future world order contribute to a growing demand for strategic foresight and planning in foreign and security policy. Germany has acknowledged its need for clearly defined policy goals and a strict prioritization of available resources to fulfill its commitment to take on more responsibility in world affairs.

After the German Federal election in September 2017, the nation at the heart of Europe will have to step up to its leadership challenge: How should Germany pursue and implement the goals and principles of German foreign and security policy as defined in the 2016 White Book? The Second Bonn Security Forum, hosted by the Center for International Security and Governance at the Universität Bonn and AGI, will address the central challenges and threats to the liberal world order, analyze the tools, resources and structures for effective German, European and Transatlantic foreign and security policy, and discuss comprehensive strategic approaches.

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Introduction: James D. Bindenagel
Henry-Kissinger-Professor and Head of the Center for International Security and
Governance (CISG)


Welcoming Remarks: Michael Hoch
Rector, University of Bonn


Opening Remarks: Armin Laschet
Minister President, North Rhine-Westphalia

SESSION I: The Future of World Order

• Multilateralism, international institutions
• NATO, transatlantic relations
• Europe and Germany’s role


Impulse Statement: James Goldgeier
Dean, School of International Service, American University


Impulse Statement: Kori Schake
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Former director for Defense
Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council


Impulse Statement: Kim R. Holmes
Acting Senior Vice President, Research, Heritage Foundation
Former Assistant Secretary of State


Impulse Statement: Anna Maria Kellner
Policy Advisor on German and European foreign and security policy


Impulse Statement: Christoph Schwegmann
Senior Defence Advisor, Policy Planning Staff
German Federal Foreign Office


Open Discussion
Chair: Jackson Janes
President of the American Institute for Contemporary
German Studies

The Future of European Security Policy


Speaker: Holger Mey
Head of Advanced Concepts, Airbus Group
Honorary Professor, University of Cologne


Open Discussion
Chair: Karl Kaiser
Associate, Transatlantic Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and
International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School


Lunch break and group photo

SESSION II: German and U.S. Security Policy in a changing World Order

• German national security and defense
• US security policy and the American perspective on Germany
• Turmoil in the Middle East and rising tensions in Asia
• Russia, Europe and U.S. security
• Trump and security policy


Impulse Statement: Martin Krüger
Directorate for Political Affairs,
Federal Ministry of Defence


Impulse Statement: Stephen Hedger
Former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense,
Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense


Impulse Statement: Jana Puglierin
Head of Program, Center for European Policy Studies
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)


Impulse Statement: Jeffrey Rathke
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Europe Program
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)


Impulse Statement: Klaus Scharioth
Dean of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs,
German Ambassador (ret.) to the United States


Open Discussion
Chair: James D. Bindenagel
Henry-Kissinger-Professor and Head of the Center for International
Security and Governance (CISG)


Closing remarks: Norbert Röttgen (tbc)
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Bundestag