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IX. “Adenauer Conference“

Germany’s Role in International Security Affairs

With a keynote speech on foreign and security policy by Minister-President Armin Laschet, this year's Adenauer Conference opens the discussion on key security issues and international challenges. Besides the priorities for German foreign and security policy, the focus of the debate this year is also on Afghanistan and transatlantic relations.

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Keynote speech on foreign and security policy by Minister-President Armin Laschet​​​​​​​

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Germany and Europe are facing a changed international environment and complex challenges. While the world is struggling with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new dynamic in international security affairs is emerging on the horizon. From great power competition between the US as well as China and Russia to challenges in Europe’s neighbourhood – the security environment of the 2020s demands fundamental adaptations in EU and NATO. How can Germany and its partners react to these challenges? What political decisions should a new federal government take in order to be prepared for the complex security environment of the 2020s?

On 19 May, we would like to take up these questions and discuss Germany’s role in security affairs with a keynote address on foreign and security affairs by Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia and CDU Chairman, Armin Laschet, and KAS Chairman and former President of the Bundestag Prof. Dr Norbert Lammert.

On 20 May, the discussion should consider Afghanistan 20 years after 9/11 and the state of transatlantic relations and expectations from the US towards Germany.

We would like to invite you to submit your questions to Armin Laschet and our other panellists in advance. Selected questions will be answered and discussed in the course of the event. Please send your questions to simon.rutz@kas.de by 17 May.

The event will take place digitally in German, English, French and Spanish.

A livestream of the discussion can be accessed on www.kas.de, Facebook, and YouTube. The event will also take place via Zoom. Please register under the respective link.

Program

19 May, 04:00 pm Introduction

Prof. Dr Norbert Lammert
Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung & Former President of the German Bundestag

19 May, 04:05 pm Keynote on German foreign and security policy

Armin Laschet, MdL
Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia & Head of the CDU

19 May, 04:30 pm Panel 1: In conversation

Armin Laschet, MdL
Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia & Head of the CDU


Prof. Dr Norbert Lammert
Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung & Former President of the German Bundestag

 

Chair:
Anna Sauerbrey
Deptuy Editor-in-Chief, Tagesspiegel

19 May, 05:00 pm End of first day

20 May, 11:00 am Panel 2: Afghanistan 20 years after 9/11: What next at the Hindu Kush?

Video message:
Ambassador Markus Potzel
Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Federal Foreign Office


Input:
Prof. Dr Claudia Warning
Head of Division 3, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

 

Comments:
Roderich Kiesewetter, MP
Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Panel, Speaker of the Advisory Council of the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS)
 

Omid Nouripour, MP
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Spokesman on Foreign Affairs in the German Bundestag
 

Dr Ellinor Zeino
Head of Regional Programme South West Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation

 

Chair:
Anna Sauerbrey
Deptuy Editor-in-Chief, Tagesspiegel

 

 

20 May, 12:00 pm Break

20 May, 01:00 pm Panel 3: A restart for transatlantic relations?

Video message:

General Christopher G. Cavoli
Commanding General, United States Army Europe and Africa

 

Input:
Dr Johann Wadephul, MP
Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag

 

Comments:
Ambassador Rüdiger König
Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany on the North Atlantic Council and Head of the Permanent Delegation to NATO

 

Dr Stormy-Annika Mildner
Director of the Aspen Institute

 

Paul Linnarz
Director, Office in Washington, D.C., Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation

 

Chair:
Anna Sauerbrey
Deptuy Editor-in-Chief, Tagesspiegel

20 May, 02:00 pm End of second day

Here you will find the program for download: Programme 9th Adenauer Conference

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