A Strategic Outlook
European Centre for Climate, Energy and Research Security (EUCERS)
Arash Duero, Senior Fellow at the European Centre for Climate, Energy and Research Security (EUCERS), Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and Advisor to the World Energy Council’s Global Gas Centre.
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Benjamin Fricke is a Policy Advisor for Transatlantic Relations at the Konrad
International Institute for Strategic Studies
Dr. Benjamin Rhode is Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs and Editor of The Adelphi Series at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
Dr. Dean Cheng is a Research Fellow for Chinese Political and Military Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.
European Centre for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS)
Dr. Frank Umbach is the Research Director at the European Centre for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), King’s College, London.
European Centre for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS)
Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger, Director of the European Centre for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and managing partner of Pflüger International GmbH.
Goodarz Mahbobi is CEO at the IT and management consultancy axxessio GmbH in Bonn and Darmstadt.
University of Bonn
Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge is the Managing Assistant and Research Fellow at the Center for Global Studies and Chair in International Relations at the University of Bonn.
President Emeritus of AICGS
Jackson Janes is the President Emeritus of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, where he has been affiliated since 1989.
Dr. Janes has been engaged in German-American affairs in numerous capacities over many years. He has studied and taught in German universities in Freiburg, Giessen and Tübingen. He was the Director of the German-American Institute in Tübingen (1977-1980) and then directed the European office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Bonn (1980-1985). Before joining AICGS, he served as Director of Program Development at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (1986-1988). He was also Chair of the German Speaking Areas in Europe Program at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC, from 1999-2000 and President of the International Association for the Study of German Politics from 2005-2010.
Dr. Janes is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Atlantic Council of the United States. He serves on the advisory boards of the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee, Beirat der Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZfAS), the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association, and the American Bundestag Intern Network (ABIN) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Board of the German American Fulbright Commission and serves on the Selection Committee for the Bundeskanzler Fellowships for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.
Dr. Janes has lectured throughout Europe and the United States and has published extensively on issues dealing with Germany, German-American relations, and transatlantic affairs. In addition to regular commentary given to European and American news radio, he has appeared on CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, CBC, and is a frequent commentator on German television. Dr. Janes is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Education.
In 2005, Dr. Janes was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany’s highest civilian award.
Ph.D., International Relations, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
M.A., Divinity School, University of Chicago
B.A., Sociology, Colgate University
Transatlantic relations, German-American relations, domestic German politics, German-EU relations, transatlantic affairs.
Center for International Security and Governance
James D. Bindenagel was appointed Henry-Kissinger Professor at the University of Bonn and is founding director of the Center for International Security and Governance (created at the same time as the professorship) in October 2014. Bindenagel is considered a leading expert on transatlantic relations with a special focus on the German-U.S. relationship, with which he is familiar from many years of personal practical experience. During his thirty years in the U.S. diplomatic service, Professor Bindenagel worked both for the U.S. State Department in U.S. consulates and embassies in West Germany, East Germany, and the unified Germany. He was interim U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1996 to 1997.
GenMaj Jürgen Setzer is Vice Chief of the Cyber- and Information Domain Service and Chief Information Security Officer of the Bundeswehr.
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Kaan Sahin is a Research Fellow for Technology and Foreign Policy at the
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Karl Kaiser is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Senior Associate of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard.
Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES)
Prof. Dr. Malte Göttsche is the Leader of the Nuclear Verification and Disarmament Group at the Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in
Computational Engineering Science (AICES) Graduate School of RWTH Aachen University.
Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS)
Dr. Nicolas Mazzucchi is a Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) in charge of cyber, energy, and primary goods issues.
German Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies
Col i.G. Sönke Marahrens is Colonel (GS) and Program Director of the German
Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies.
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Dr. Vladislav Belov is the Research Director at the Institute of Europe of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
New Research Initiative Fellow
Yixiang Xu is the New Research Initiative Fellow at AICGS, leading the Institute’s work on U.S. and German relations with China. He has written extensively on Sino-EU and Sino-German relations, transatlantic cooperation on China policy, Sino-U.S. great power competition, China's Belt-and-Road Initiative and its implications for Germany and the U.S., Chinese engagement in Central and Eastern Europe, foreign investment screening, EU and U.S. strategies for global infrastructure investment, 5G supply chain and infrastructure security, and the future of Artificial Intelligence. His written contributions have been published by institutes including The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, The United States Institute of Peace, and The Asia Society's Center for U.S.-China Relations. He has spoken on China's role in transatlantic relations at various seminars and international conferences in China, Germany, and the U.S.
Mr. Xu received his MA in International Political Economy from The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver and his BA in Linguistics and Classics from The University of Pittsburgh. He is an alumnus of the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance and the Global Bridges European-American Young Leaders Conference. Mr. Xu also studied in China, Germany, Israel, Italy, and the UK and speaks Mandarin Chinese, German, and Russian.
Shanghai Institute for International Studies
Dr. Zhexin Zhang is a Assistant Research Fellow at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies and Assistant Director of the Institute of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies.
Report of the International Security Forum 2019
The Forum noted that the global political climate today is marked by a new competitive edge in international politics, the rise of systemic challenges to liberal democracy, and heightened political tensions between old rivals just as much as between longstanding allies. These developments are accompanied by a growing number of new cross-border security challenges in international politics and security that seem increasingly difficult to tackle in an atmosphere of distrust and renewed zero-sum-thinking.
Thus, the Forum aimed to examine these trends from two specific perspectives: The first session was concerned with the West’s prospects during a time when many of the premises of European foreign policy are contested and Western global influence is declining. What oversights or mistakes caused liberalism’s current crisis? In what ways may political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic be able to address internal and external challenges? Will the West in its previous form unravel, reform itself, or enter a new path entirely to adapt to a changing world? Second, the 2019 Forum aimed to provide an outlook toward the key emerging state that many international observers believe to be a particular test for what is commonly referred to as the international liberal order: the People’s Republic of China’s global ascent. What drives Chinese foreign policy? What could be China’s long-term goals with regard to reshaping the international system to better reflect its own interests? And how should global leaders react to shifting power relations?