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(In)Security: Europe and America in the Modern World

Speaker Series on Transatlantic Security Issues

This series is organized by Dr. Gerlinde Groitl, associate professor in International and Transatlantic Relations at UR and co-coordinator of the ScienceCampus Research Module Transatlantic political transformations

Series summary

Security is a basic need for all societies and states. However, it is never guaranteed in the anarchic international system. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 shattered Europe’s security architecture for good. Europe and the United States are forced to respond to and come to grips with the changed security environment. The seminar is designed as a highly interactive format and offers graduate students and all other interested participants the opportunity to discuss current affairs with renowned experts from academia, the think tank world and government – either on campus in Regensburg or via Zoom. The overall goal of the speaker series is two-fold. On the hand, participants will gain a firm understanding of major transatlantic security issues, while the various speakers will also help us explore current security challenges from different angles. On the other hand, the series gives graduate students and the audience a unique chance to interact with leading experts in a professional setting and helps them prepare for their postgraduate careers.

When? Monday 2-4 pm c.t. (exception on 24 April and May 8)

Where­? Room DE 2.121 (biology-building) or via Zoom

Please sign up to the GRIPS course at UR to find related readings, speaker biographies, and details of the courses (Key: EuroAtlanticSecurity23)

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April 24, 2023 / 6:00-7:00 pm (!) / ZOOM
Hannah Neumann (Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA): EU Security Policy: Peace and SHEcurity – A View from the European Parliament

May 8, 2023 / 6:00-7:30 pm (!) / ZOOM
Florian Justwan (University of Idaho, USA): Russian Disinformation as a Security Threat: Empirical Insights from the US

May 15, 2023 / ZOOM
Mareike Ohlberg (German Marshall Fund, Berlin): Hidden Hand: How the Communist Party of China is Reshaping the World

May 22, 2023 / ZOOM
Jeff Rathke (American Institute for Contemporary German Studies AICGS, Washington, DC): Germany and the U.S. – Future Challenges to the Core of the Transatlantic Partnership

June 5, 2023 / ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Marco Overhaus (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin): The United States: Security Challenges in the Euro-Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific 

June 12, 2023 / ZOOM
James Nixey (Director, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, London): Russia’s War against Ukraine: Scenarios and Policy Options

June 19, 2023 / ZOOM
Jari Vilén (Finland's Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension): Security in Europe: The View from Finland

June 26 / ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Karl-Heinz Kamp (fmr. Federal Ministry of Defense, Berlin / Advisor NATO Defense College, Rome): Germany’s „Zeitenwende“ and the National Security Strategy

July 3, 2023 / ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Andrea Rotter (Hanns Seidel Stiftung, Munich): Space: The Final Frontier in Transatlantic Security?

July 10, 2023 / ON CAMPUS: DE 2.121 (biology-building)
Antje Nötzold (TU Chemnitz): Learning to (Un)Love the Bomb: The Problem of Nuclear Weapons and (Non)Proliferation Reconsidered