International Security Report 2018 – Full Report

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The full report of the International Security Forum “Germany and Europe: Stepping Up. Security and Responsibility”, which includes recent commentaries by leading German, French and American experts, addresses the consequences of the withdrawl of the United States from international leadership for Germany and Europe, the implications of a rising China and a global power shift..

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From November 18 to 20, 2018, the Center for International Security and Governance (CISG) of the University of Bonn and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) of Johns Hopkins University hosted the Third International Security Forum in Bonn.

Over the course of three days, numerous foreign policy and security experts, practioners, and researchers from Europe, Asia, the United States and Russia gathered for a series of events and to engage in in-depth debates on the mounting challenges in international relations. In three sessions, researchers and experts discussed three overaching questions:

  1. Are Germany and Europe stepping up to bear more responsibilities in international affairs as the United States withdraws from international leadership?
  2. What are the implications of a rising China for international order and security?
  3. How are global balances of power shifting, and how can global governance and international order adapt to the emerging multipolar world?

In the first section, the report provides an overview over the insights and findings compiled throughout the Forum, allowing for a unique view into pressing foreign policy issues addressed by experts from both sides of the Atlantic.

The second section offers a review of a special event introduced at this year’s Forum: A senario round-table as an „intellectual live exercise“ in strategic thinking that brought together young professionals and experienced practioners in an effort to blend practical experience with fresh perspectives.

Finally, in the report’s third section, some of the Forum’s distinguished experts will provide a more profound insight into select issues through personal comments.

We would like to take this opportunity to  thank all partners, supporters and attendees of the Forum as well as especially all contributors of the Forum’s Report for their insights. You can read a summary of the Forum here.

We are very much looking forward to hosting new debates and lectures at this year’s International Security Forum held Sep. 30 until Oct. 2 in Bonn.


Comments and Perspectives

Making Germany More Strategic
by Prof. James D. Bindenagel

Milestones with Mixed Messages: German-American Relations at 70
by Dr. Jackson Janes

Trump Reinvents Limited Sovereignity
by Prof. Dr. Pascal Boniface

Are Germany and Europe Stepping up? A NATO Perspective
by Lt. Gen. (ret.) Heinrich Brauss

The Response to Trump: Emancipation!
by Tobias Fella

It’s the Economy, Stupid! Rethinking Germany’s National Industrial Policies Amidst a Changing International Security Environment
by Dr. Enrico Fels

European Conference on European Security: Reasons and Arguments
by Prof. Dr. Alexey Gromyko

What Remains to be Done: Some Conclusions
by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karl Kaiser

Addressing China’s Global Strategy
by Phillipe Le Corre

It’s Time for More Realpolitik in Global Economic Governance
by Peter Rashish

Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) and NATO Burdensharing
by Gen.Lt. Martin Schelleis

Scenario Round Table Report
by Sarah Bressan, Benjamin Cole and Kate Saslow