Transatlantic Security Strategies: Germany, Europe, and the United States

In this AICGS webinar, Amb. Christoph Heusgen, Heather Conley, Justyna Gotkowska, Dr. Daniel Fiott, and Jeff Rathke discuss Germany’s role in European security and expectations from European partners in light of upcoming NATO and EU security documents.

Speakers:
Heather Conley, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Dr. Daniel Fiott, Security and Defence Editor, EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Justyna Gotkowska, Coordinator, Regional Security Programme, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
Amb. Christoph Heusgen, Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Moderator: Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS

On February 27, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a Zeitenwende—a Sea Change in German security and defense policy—in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The threats to thirty years of European order underscore the importance of the strategic adaptation of the transatlantic community.  This year, NATO will adopt a new Strategic Concept, and the European Union has approved its Strategic Compass.  In the United States, the Biden administration will release its new strategic documents. Germany’s governing coalition has launched the process to develop a National Security Strategy, as promised in the coalition agreement.

At this crucial moment, AICGS will convene a webinar to assess Germany’s view of its role in European security and the expectations from the European and transatlantic partners for Germany’s more robust defense policy. Where will Berlin place its national priorities?  How do the NATO and EU strategies interact? How should Germany’s leadership role evolve?


This webinar is supported by the United States diplomatic mission in Germany.