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The German Atlantic Association is proud to announce the "NATO Talk 2020" on November 16 in Berlin. The Conference is presented by the German Atlantic Association, the Federal Academy for Security Policy and the Press and Information Office of the German Federal Government. Over the past years, this annual event has developed into an established discussion forum on transatlantic and European security for national and international experts. In 2018, the Conference welcomed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as its special guest. Last year, the Federal Minister of Defense, Ms. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, gave the keynote speech on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the Alliance's founding.
This year the "NATO Talk Conference" will take place shortly after the presidential election in the United States of America. The election’s outcome will have far-reaching implications for the North Atlantic Alliance and for Europe. Meanwhile, NATO is facing profound internal and external challenges – those that affect its cohesion and those posed by the security situation in Europe and strategic developments on the global stage. All these issues will be addressed at the Conference.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will largely determine not only the political agenda, but also the framework conditions in which such a Conference can take place. Therefore, we are breaking new ground: The 2020 “NATO Talk Conference” will take place in the Gasometer in Berlin with a limited number of present guests and, simultaneously, with extensive digital transmission and virtual participation.

Agenda

The agenda will be dropped day by day within the next days!

10:00 Welcoming Remarks

BM a.D. Christian Schmidt MdB

Former Federal Minister; President of the German Atlantic Association

BM a.D. Christian Schmidt MdB studierte Rechtwissenschaften in Erlangen und Lausanne. 1974 trat er in die CSU ein, deren stellvertretender Vorsitzender er von 2011 bis 2017 war. Seit 1990 ist er Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestages und war unter anderem Mitglied im AuswĂ€rtigen Ausschuss und im Verteidigungsausschuss. Von 2002 bis 2005 war er Verteidigungspolitischer Sprecher der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion und im Anschluss bis 2013 Parlamentarischer StaatssekretĂ€r beim Bundesminister der Verteidigung. 2014 wurde er zum Bundesminister fĂŒr ErnĂ€hrung und Landwirtschaft ernannt; ein Amt, das er bis 2018 bekleidete. Zuvor war er Parlamentarischer StaatssekretĂ€r beim Bundesminister fĂŒr wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung. Aktuell ist er Mitglied im AuswĂ€rtigen Ausschuss und stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung. Seit 2006 ist er zudem PrĂ€sident der Deutschen Atlantischen Gesellschaft.

Christian Schmidt MP studied Law in Erlangen and Lausanne. In 1974, he joined the Christian Social Union (CSU), where he served as a Deputy Chair from 2011 until 2017. He was elected Member of Parliament in 1990 for the first time and assumed membership inter alia at the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Defense. In 2002, he became Spokesperson for Defense Policy of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group. Between 2005 and 2013, he was Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defense. Before assuming his former position as Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture from 2014 until 2018, he served as Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Currently he is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Since 2006, he is the President of the German Atlantic Association.

Ambassador Ekkehard Brose

President of the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS)

Botschafter Ekkehard Brose begann seine Karriere 1976 als Soldat auf Zeit, bevor er 1978 seine Studien der Volkswirtschaftslehre, Politik, Philosophie und Internationalen Beziehungen in Köln und als Rhodes Stipendiat an der UniversitĂ€t Oxford aufnahm. Anschließend wurde er Referent fĂŒr AbrĂŒstung und RĂŒstungskontrolle im AuswĂ€rtigen Amt und im Leitungsbereich der Deutschen Botschaften in Moskau und Washington, bevor er 1996 stellvertretender BĂŒroleiter des GeneralsekretĂ€rs der NATO in BrĂŒssel wurde. Auf seinen Stationen als Wirtschaftsgesandter an der dt. Botschaft Moskau, Unterabteilungsleiter der Europaabteilung des AuswĂ€rtigen Amtes, Referatsleiter Sicherheitspolitik in der Politischen Abteilung des AuswĂ€rtigen Amtes, als Referatsleiter in der Europaabteilung des AuswĂ€rtigen Amtes und als Gesandter der StĂ€ndigen Vertretung der BRD bei der NATO, konnte Brose einiges an diplomatischer Praxis sammeln, bevor er 2014 zum Botschafter in der Republik Irak ernannt wurde. Nach seiner Zeit als Beauftragter fĂŒr Zivile KrisenprĂ€vention und Stabilisierung im AuswĂ€rtigen Amt, ist der Botschafter seit Oktober 2019 PrĂ€sident der Bundesakademie fĂŒr Sicherheitspolitik.

Ambassador Ekkehard Brose began his career as a temporary soldier in 1976 before he began his studies of economics, politics, philosophy and international relations in Cologne in 1978 and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He then became an advisor for disarmament and arms control at the German Foreign Office and in the management section of the German embassies in Moscow and Washington, before becoming Deputy Head of the Office of the NATO Secretary General in Brussels in 1996. In his positions as economic envoy at the German Embassy in Moscow, sub-departmental head of the European Department of the German Foreign Office, head of the security policy division in the Political Department of the Foreign Office, head of division in the European Department of the Foreign Office and as envoy of the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO, Brose was able to gather quite a bit of diplomatic practice before he was appointed ambassador to the Republic of Iraq in 2014. Following his time as Commissioner for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Stabilization at the German Foreign Office, the ambassador has been the President of the Federal Academy for Security Policy since October 2019.

Dipl.-Ing. Reinhard MĂŒller

CEO, EUREF AG

Reinhard MĂŒller studierte ab 1975 Architektur und Stadt- Und Regionalplanung in DĂŒsseldorf und Berlin und grĂŒndete 1978 das A.R.M. ArchitekturbĂŒro Reinhard MĂŒller GmbH Ausbildung und 1985 die REM Gesellschaft fĂŒr Stadtbildpflege und Denkmalschutz, die er 1990 zusammenfĂŒhrte und 2002 an die IVG Immobilien AG verkaufte. Von 1996 bis 2004 war Reinhard MĂŒller Mitglied im Landesdenkmalrat. Mit seiner 1999 gegrĂŒndeten Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin hat er Millionen Euro eingeworben und unter anderem zur Sanierung des Brandenburger Tores und des Strandbads Wannsee eingesetzt. Um das stillgelegte Gasometer in Schöneberg errichtet MĂŒller das „EuropĂ€ische Energieforum“, den EUREF-Campus. Dieses hat er seit 2008 zu einem klimaneutralen Stadtquartier mit Forschung, universitĂ€rer Lehre, etablierten Firmen und Startups entwickelt. Seit 2020 entwickelt er einen zweiten EUREF-Campus in DĂŒsseldorf. Er ist Vorsitzender des Vorstands der EUREF AG.

Reinhard MĂŒller studied architecture and urban and regional planning in DĂŒsseldorf and Berlin from 1975 and founded A.R.M. architectural office Reinhard MĂŒller GmbH Training in 1978 and REM "Society for townscape preservation and monument protection in 1985, which he merged in 1990 and sold to IVG Real Estate AG in 2002. From 1996 to 2004, Reinhard MĂŒller was a member of the State Monument Council. With his foundation Foundation for Monument Protection Berlin, established in 1999, he has raised millions of euros and used them, among other things, to restore the Brandenburg Gate and the Wannsee lido. MĂŒller is building the "European Energy Forum", the EUREF Campus, around the disused gasometer in Schöneberg. Since 2008, he has been developing this into a climate-neutral urban quarter with research, university teaching, established companies and start-ups. Since 2020, he has been developing a second EUREF Campus in DĂŒsseldorf. Since 2008 he is chairman of the board of EUREF AG.

Ulrike Demmer

Deputy Spokeswoman of the Federal Government; Deputy Head of the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government (BPA)

Ulrike Demmer, 1973 in Solingen geboren, ist seit Juni 2016 stellvertretende Sprecherin der Bundesregierung und stellvertretende Leiterin des Bundespresseamtes. Nach ihrem Studium der Rechtswissenschaften begann 1998 ihre journalistische Laufbahn bei Radio EINS vom rbb. 2001 wechselte Sie zum ZDF, wo sie nach einem Volontariat als Redakteurin und Reporterin fĂŒr das ZDF-Morgenmagazin arbeitete. Von 2006 bis 2013 arbeitete sie in unterschiedlichen Funktionen fĂŒr den SPIEGEL. 2013 ĂŒbernahm sie stellvertretend die Leitung des FOCUS HauptstadtbĂŒros und 2015 die Leitung des HauptstadtbĂŒros des RedaktionsNetzwerks Deutschland.

Ulrike Demmer, born in Solingen in 1973, has been Deputy Spokeswoman of the Federal Government and Deputy Head of the Federal Press Office since June 2016. After studying law, she began her journalistic career in 1998 at Radio EINS of german rbb. In 2001 she moved to ZDF, where she worked as an editor and reporter for ZDF-Morgenmagazin after a traineeship. From 2006 to 2013 she worked in various functions for SPIEGEL. In 2013 she took over as deputy head of the FOCUS Capital Office and in 2015 as head of the Capital Office of "RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland".

10:15 NATO TALK Interview

Discussion: U.S.-Elections 2020 and the Consequences for Europe

Peter Beyer MdB

Transatlantic Coordinator of the Federal Government

Peter Beyer begann seine Laufbahn nach seinem Abitur 1991 mit dem Wehrdienst in einer KompaniefĂŒhrungstruppe in Wuppertal. Anschließend studierte er Rechts- und Staatswissenschaften, Geschichte und Politik in DĂŒsseldorf und Bonn. Nach dem Studium arbeitete Beyer bei mehreren internationalen Kanzleien und SozietĂ€ten (Mayer, Brown & Platt (heute Mayer Brown), Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, Murchison & Cumming). 2001 erlangte er den Master of Laws in Charlottesville, USA.
Das CDU-Mitglied (seit 1996) bekleidete ab 2004 kommunale Ämter und zog mit seiner Erstkandidatur bei der BTW 2009 als Spitzenkandidat des Mettmanner Nordkreises in den Bundestag ein. Im April 2018 wurde Beyer in das Regierungsamt des Koordinators fĂŒr die Transatlantische Zusammenarbeit berufen.

Peter Beyer began his career after graduating from high school in 1991 with military service in a company command post in Wuppertal. He then studied law and political science, history and politics in DĂŒsseldorf and Bonn. After his studies, Beyer worked for several international law firms and partnerships (Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown), Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, Murchison & Cumming). In 2001, he obtained a Master of Laws degree from Charlottesville, USA.
The CDU member (since 1996) held municipal offices from 2004 and moved into the Bundestag as the top candidate of the Mettmann North District with his first candidacy at the BTW in 2009. In April 2018, Beyer was appointed to the government office of Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation.

Dr. SƂawomir Jan Dębski

Direktor, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

SƂawomir Dębski ist Historiker, Außenpolitikexperte und Berater aller polnischen Regierungen seit 2000. Er ist Teamleiter beteiligt am, Aufbau verschiedener Institutionen und Experte fĂŒr interinstitutionelle Kommunikation. Er kam im Jahr 2000 als Analyst fĂŒr die russische Außenpolitik zum Polnischen Institut fĂŒr Internationale Angelegenheiten (PISM), dann arbeitete er am PISM als Forschungskoordinator fĂŒr Osteuropa, Leiter des ForschungsbĂŒros (2002-2007), stellvertretender Direktor und schließlich, zum ersten Mal, als Direktor (2007-2010). Im Jahr 2008 wurde er fĂŒr die polnisch-russische Gruppe fĂŒr schwierige Angelegenheiten nominiert (2008-2016). Im Jahr 2010 wurde er Sonderbeauftragter des Ministers fĂŒr Kultur und nationales Erbe fĂŒr die Einrichtung des Zentrums fĂŒr polnisch-russischen Dialog und VerstĂ€ndigung (CPRDiP), zustĂ€ndig fĂŒr den Entwurf eines Gesetzes des Parlaments und die Gesetzgebungsverfahren. Im September 2011 wurde er zum Direktor des CPRDiP, im Februar 2016 zum zweiten Mal zum Direktor von PISM ernannt. In dieser Funktion war er Leiter des Organisationsteams fĂŒr das Expertenforum 2017 des NATO-Warschauer Gipfels, in dem verschiedene nationale und internationale Interessenvertreter anwesend waren. Dr. Dębski ist Chefredakteur der polnischen diplomatischen Zeitschrift "Polski Przegląd Dyplomatyczny" (2007-2010 und 2016-) und des russischsprachigen Quartalsblatts "Europa" (2001-2010), Autor einer der am meisten gefeierten Monographien ĂŒber das sowjetisch-deutsche BĂŒndnis zwischen 1939 und 1941, mit zwei Ausgaben in Polen und einer in Russland (2018). Er ist auch Herausgeber einiger BĂ€nde diplomatischer Dokumente, Dutzender außenpolitischer Studien und Essays, u.a. ĂŒber die Umgestaltung der NATO und die transatlantischen Beziehungen.

SƂawomir Dębski – born 1971. PhD (Hist.), a foreign policy expert and an advisor to all Poland’s governments since 2000, a team leader, institution builder and interagency communication expert. He joined the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in 2000 as a Russia foreign policy analyst, then he served at PISM as Eastern Europe research coordinator, head of the Research Office (2002-2007), deputy director and ultimately, for the first time, director (2007-2010). In 2008 he was nominated to the Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters (2008-2016). In 2010 he became a special appointee of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for the establishment of the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDiP), responsible for drafting an act of the Parliament and legislation procedures. In September 2011 he was appointed a director of CPRDiP. In February 2016 he was appointed a director of PISM for the second time. In this capacity he was a head of NATO Warsaw Summit Experts' Forum 2017 organization team, combining different domestic and international stakeholders. The Editor-in-Chief of “Polski Przegląd Dyplomatyczny” [Polish Diplomatic Review] (2007-2010 and 2016-) and the Russian Language Quarterly “Europe” (2001-2010), an author of one of the most acclaimed monographs about the Soviet-German Alliance between 1939 and 1941, with two editions in Poland, and one in Russia (2018). He is also an editor of few volumes of diplomatic documents, dozens of foreign policy studies and essays, including on NATO transformation and transatlantic relations.

Portrait von Dr. Daniela Schwarzer

Dr. Daniela Schwarzer

Director, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Dr. Daniela Schwarzer ist seit Juli 2017 Direktorin der DGAP. Von November 2016 bis Juni 2017 leitete sie das Forschungsinstitut der DGAP. Zuvor war sie Forschungsdirektorin im Vorstand des German Marshall Fund of the United States und leitete sein Berliner BĂŒro und Europa-Programm. Von 2005 bis 2013 war sie zunĂ€chst Senior Fellow und dann ab 2008 Forschungsgruppenleitern (EuropĂ€ische Integration) bei der Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. Zuvor arbeitete sie als Redakteurin und Frankreich-Korrespondentin der Financial Times Deutschland. 2014 wurde Daniela Schwarzer zur Senior Research Professorin an der Johns Hopkins University ernannt und war Fritz-Thyssen-Fellow am Weatherhead Center for International Affairs der UniversitĂ€t Harvard. Über mehrere Jahre unterrichtete sie u.a. an der Freien UniversitĂ€t Berlin, der Hertie School of Governance und hatte LehrauftrĂ€ge an internationalen UniversitĂ€ten. Sie ist Mitglied in BeirĂ€ten verschiedener Think-Tanks und Mitglied im Aufsichtsrat von BNP Paribas.

Dr. Daniela Schwarzer has been Director of the DGAP since July 2017. From November 2016 to June 2017, she headed the research institute of the DGAP. Prior to that, she was Research Director on the Board of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and headed its Berlin office and European program. From 2005 to 2013, she was a Senior Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, first as Senior Fellow and then, from 2008, as Head of Research Group (European Integration). Prior to that, she worked as editor and France correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland. In 2014, Daniela Schwarzer was appointed Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University and Fritz Thyssen Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. For several years, she taught at the Free University of Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, and held lectureships at international universities. She is a member of the advisory boards of various think tanks and a member of the supervisory board of BNP Paribas.

Chair:

Werner Sonne

Journalist, publicist, writer

Werner Sonne begann seine Karriere 1964 als Zeitungsredakteur und Reporter beim Kölner Stadtanzeiger. Im Anschluss arbeitete er fĂŒr United Press International (UPI) in Bonn, bevor er zwischen 1968 und 1981 als Korrespondent fĂŒr den WDR in Bonn und Washington tĂ€tig war. Im Jahr 1982 wurde Sonne Stellvertretender Chefredakteur der Landesprogramme im WDR-Fernsehen in Köln. Nach 1984 war er zwanzig Jahre lang als Korrespondent der ARD in Warschau, Bonn, Washington und zuletzt in Berlin tĂ€tig. 2004 – 2012 war er Berliner Studioleiter des ARD-Morgenmagazins.

Werner Sonne began his career in 1964 as a newspaper editor and reporter at the Kölner Stadtanzeiger. He then worked for United Press International (UPI) in Bonn before becoming a correspondent for WDR in Bonn and Washington between 1968 and 1981. In 1982 Sonne became deputy editor-in-chief of the state programs at WDR television in Cologne. After 1984 he worked for twenty years as a correspondent for ARD in Warsaw, Bonn, Washington and finally in Berlin. 2004 - 2012 he was Berlin studio manager of the ARD Morning Magazine.

Hygiene and infection protection concept

We take the health of our speakers and the invited audience on site very seriously! For this reason we have developed a hygiene and infection protection concept together with the event team of the Gasometer, which minimizes the risk of spreading Covid-19 at the NATO Talk 2020. In addition to the "AHA rules" ("Abstand halten"/ keep your distance, "Hygiene beachten"/ observe hygiene, " Alltagsmaske tragen" wear your mask), this includes sufficient ventilation of the event rooms. We also recommend all guests to activate the official german Corona warning app.

In Cooperation with our partners:

BAKS
Bundesakademie fĂŒr Sicherheitspolitik (Federal Academy for Security Policy) is the central, interdepartmental training institution of the Federal Government for security policy. It aims to promote a comprehensive understanding of Germany's long-term security policy goals and the practice of networked security. The Federal Academy organizes numerous conferences to impart knowledge and exchange experiences at national and international level. We are happy to be a cooperation partner at the NATO talk together with the German Atlantic Society.
BPA
The Federal Press Office informs citizens and the media about the governmental work Another important task is to provide information internally. Federal Presidents, the Bundestag, the Chancellor and the entire Federal Government are informed daily about the current news situation and public opinion on political issues.
NATO
NATO is the most successful security policy alliance in the world and has guaranteed its member states peace, stability and security on the basis of freedom, democracy and the rule of law for over 70 years.