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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.
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Apologies: this event has been cancelled due to a change in speaker availability.

The Federal Republic of Germany's position in the world has been increasingly fraught for some time. Her allies are either domestically embattled, like France, or striking out in different directions, such as 'Global Britain' and the Asia-focused United States, even 'Post-Trump'. Then there is tension with the PRC, whose growing economic and military clout is causing increasing alarm in Berlin. Now, the FRG is under attack over its Ukraine policy, which has shone a merciless light on decades of German 'engagement' policies towards Russia, and exposed the tension between her energy security and her commitment to the rules-based international order. But the war in Ukraine is not only a crisis for German foreign policy, but also for her domestic politics, given the role of past and present public figures, as well as institutions and corporations, in building a close relationship with Russia.

The event will take place at 5.30pm on 22 November in the Bateman Auditorium at Gonville & Caius College, and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Lecture: Benedikt Franke is Vice-Chairman and CEO with the Munich Security Conference (MSC). He previously served as Senior Advisor for Strategic Affairs at the CSU and previous to that he was the Special Assistant for former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan. Benedikt holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge (he is an alum of St. John’s College) and publishes regularly on foreign and security policy.

Respondent: James Rogers is Co-founder and Director of Research at the Council on Geostrategy, where he specialises in geopolitics and British strategic policy. He holds an MPhil in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Cambridge and an award-winning BSc Econ (Hons) in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Chair: Dr Anahita Arian is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Geopolitics and a college Research Associate at King’s College, University of Cambridge.

This event is co-hosted with the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies, which was created in 2016 and provides opportunities to strengthen and expand endeavours in German studies and to intensify interaction with German scholars as well as German public and private institutions.


Tuesday, 22 November, 2022 - 17:30 to 19:30
Event location: 
Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College, CB2 1TB