Joint evening discussion with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and the ZEIT-Stiftung


Germany and Canada as Guarantors of a New World Order?


What's it about?

Democracy, freedom of opinion, free trade: The fundamental values of the Western world are shaking. It is not only authoritarian states such as China and Russia that are challenging the Western model of governance and economic relations. The United States, which has for decades championed freedom, democracy and the rule-based international order is now questioning these values. As a consequence, rearmament, trade wars and political uncertainty are on the rise. Germany and Canada, both countries that depend on the political and economic stability of their partners, are now proposing an “alliance of multilateralists” (German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas). The order of the day is “to take greater responsibility”. But what exactly does this mean for the protection of our common values? What is the role of “soft power” in a world where the large states in particular are locking horns? Which challenges to security require common strategies and rules? How can we control emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence or cyber weapons? What can we do to prevent the reemergence of an arms race?

These and other questions will be discussed by a high-profile, international panel:
•    Dr. Stephanie Carvin, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA)
•    Dr. Stephen Saideman, Professor of International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA)
•    Dr. Ulrich Kühn, Head of the Research Area “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies”, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH)
•    Dr. Christoph Schwegmann, Senior Defense Advisor for the Policy Planning Staff, German Federal Foreign Office.

The panel will be followed by a drinks reception.

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