Munich, 26 September 2019
Forty years ago, 52 U.S. American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, after a group of Iranian college students who supported the Iranian Revolution took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Kathryn Koob was one of two women among those held captive, and she is the only female hostage still living.
Ms. Koob was sent to Tehran in July 1979, only four months before the hostage crisis, as the director of the Iran America Center, a cultural center about two miles from the U.S. Embassy. Following her captivity, Ms. Koob resumed her foreign service career which – among other postings – also brought her to Munich.
In conversation with Dr. René Rieger, Kathryn Koob will recall the events of 1979-1981 on 26 September 2019, 7 p.m. at Amerikahaus München, Barerstr. 19a in Munich.
Organizers: MEIA Resaerch, U.S. Consulate General Munich, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
Please register at https://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/forty-years-after-the-iran-hostage-crisis/
(Photo: Iran Hostage Crisis ©U.S. Air Force)
Regensburg, 11 August 2019
MEIA Research continued its cooperation with the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg in 2019. As in the previous year, Michael Bauer and René Rieger facilitated a seminar for OTH's two-week Summer School within the Master Program Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies that is jointly run by the University of Glasgow, Charles University in Prague and Dublin City University. This years seminar had the title "Regional Security Complex Middle East: Actors, Alliances, Conflict Dynamics" and specifically focussed on Libya and Syria as case studies.
Beirut, 8-9 August 2019
In cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) MEIA Research started a series of monitoring workshops for the UN Programme National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS). NAFS is implemented under the umbrella of UN-ESCWA and provides Syrians input to the international debates about the future of Syria.
MEIA Research's contribution reflects its mandate to offer scientific advice and consultancy on issue of common concern for Europe and the MENA-region and thereby foster international cooperation. The workshop concept was specifically designed for the program by Michael Bauer and Silvia Simbeck, who also facilitate the workshop series on behalf of MEIA Research. The first workshop of this series took place with the NAFS team and key stakeholders of the program in Beirut on August 8-9, 2019.
Munich, 6 March 2019
On 6 March 2019, Michael Bauer and Ludwig Schulz welcomed Ms. Marvi Memon, former Pakistani parliamentarian, cabinet member, and minister, as well as CEO of Lifelong Learners Consultancy, currently based at the Science Po Asia Campus in Le Havre, France, for a talk and roundtable discussion on Pakistan's National Security Policy - Regional Challenges and International Responses. The discussion was moderated by Michael Bauer.
Munich, 11 August 2018
In cooperation with the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, MEIA Research conducted the seminar program "Analyzing the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Iraq: Causes, actors and conflict dynamics". Michael Bauer and René Rieger facilitated the seminar that took place as part of a two-week Summer School OTH had organized for the Master Program Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies. The MA-program is jointly run by the University of Glasgow, Charles University in Prague and Dublin City University.
Munich, 15 February 2018
The MEIA Research Group has been assigned networking partner of the Future Security Science Match 2018, organized by the Munich Security Conference and the German newspaper Tagesspiegel on 15 February 2018, the eve of the 54th Munich Security conference, at the SIEMENS Headquarter in downtown Munich.
MEIA-Research experts Michael Bauer, Dr. Anja Opitz, Dr. René Rieger, Sebastian Schäffer, Thomas Schiller, Ludwig Schulz and Sebastian Sons were among the conference speakers.
The Science Match, a forum of more than 50 expert speakers from politics, think tank, civil society, business and academia backgrounds who gave 5-minutes-talks about their analysis and problem-solving approaches to current crisis and future challenges of security, is considered the “ideal briefing for the Munich Security Conference” by MSC head, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger.
Organized by MSC and the Tagesspiegel at SIEMENS headquarters in downtown Munich, and supported by various institutions and organizations such as the Munich Technical University (TUM), the University of the Armed Forces Munich, the Center for Applied POlicy Research at Ludwig-Maximilian University, the MEIA Research Group and others, the Future Science Match addressed topics and challenges of security and safety from four angles: National and International Security Policies, Human Security, Cyber Security and Resource Security. The list of keynote speakers included Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, Kumi Naidoo, designated Secretary General of Amnesty International, and Radoslaw Sikorski, Former Speaker of the Polish Parliament and Polish Foreign Minister.
Conference of MEIA Research in cooperation with the Center for Appiled Policy Research (C.A.P.) at Munich Ludwig Maximilian University and the Tunis-based Union des Tunisiens Independents pour la Liberté (UTIL), on 28 November 2017 at the C.A.P. in Munich.
Moderation: Michael Bauer, Vice Chairman MEIA Research
The event was supported by the Bavarian Government and the US Consulate General Munich.
Conference report: http://www.cap-lmu.de/aktuell/events/2017/beyond-the-arab-spring.php
MEIA Research organizes in cooperation with the Academy for Civic Education and Research Tutzing, the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), and the Young Forum of the Foreign Affairs Association a panel discussion on the topic "Qatar: Strategic Partner or Destabilizing Force?"
Michael Bauer, Vice Chairman of MEIA Research
Dr. Gudrun Harrer, Senior Editor at Der Standard
Colonel (GS) Jörg Kunze, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Dr. David Roberts, Ass. Professor at King's College London
Moderator: Dr. René Rieger, Chairman of MEIA Research
Introduction: Dr. Anja Opitz, Academy of Civic Education and Research/MEIA Research
Monday, 17 July 2017, 6.15-8.15 p.m.
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich
Maximilianstr. 17, 80539 Munich
MEIA Research organisiert in Kooperation mit dem Arbeitskreis Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik der CSU in Bayern (ASP) eine Veranstaltung zum Thema "Auf Sand gebaut? Über die komplexen Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Saudi-Arabien".
"Auf Sand Gebaut: Saudi-Arabien - Ein problematischer Verbündeter" (Propyläen, 2016)
Sebastian Sons, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP)
Sebastian Sons, DGAP
Dr. René Rieger, MEIA Research
Moderation: Dr. Sarah Lohmann, Johns Hopkins University
Einführung: Walburga von Lerchenfeld, ASP
Montag, 10. Juli 2017, 19.00-20.30 Uhr
CSU-Landesleitung, Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1, 80807 München
MEIA Research organizes in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) a panel discussion on the topic "Human Rights in Iran: Subordinated to a Successful Realpolitik?"
Dr. Anicée van Engeland, LL.M., Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University
Dr. René Wildangel, Middle East Desk at Amnesty International
Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Associate Fellow at DGAP
Chair: Dr. René Rieger, MEIA Research
Introduction: Dina Fakoussa, Head of the MENA Program at DGAP
Monday, 20 February 2017, 6.00-8.00 p.m.
German Council on Foreign Relations, Dohnanyi Hall
Rauchst. 17, 10787 Berlin
MEIA Research organizes in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) and the Working Group on Foreign and Security Policy of the CSU Bavaria (ASP) a panel discussion on the topic "Turkey in 2017: Friend or Foe of the West?"
Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Erich Vad, former military advisor to the German Federal Chancellery
Dr. Magdalena Kirchner, Transatlantic Fellow at RAND Corporation
Mehmet Murat Yetkin, Editor-in-Chief at Hürriyet Daily News
Efgani Dönmez, former member of the Austrian Federal Council
Chair: Ludwig Schulz, MEIA Research
Sunday, 19 February 2017, 2.00-4.00 p.m.
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Palaishalle
Promenadeplatz 2-5, 80333 Munich
MEIA Research organizes in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) and the German Armed Forces Association a panel discussion on the Islamic Republic of Iran after the nuclear deal.
Colonel (ret.) Tim Collins, OBE, CEO, New Century Consulting
Prof. Dr. Reinhard C. Meier-Walser, Director, Academy for Politics and Current Affairs, Hanns Seidel Foundation
Dr. Walter Posch, Analyst, Austrian National Defense Academy
Dr. René Rieger, Chairman, MEIA Research
Chair: Dr. Helmut Pisecky, Austrian Society for Policy Analysis
Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 6:00 pm
Hotel Manderin Oriental Munich, Neuturmstrasse 1
The Chair for International Politics and Conflict Research of the Munich University of the Federal Armed Forces (UniBW) and MEIA Research organize in cooperation with the Security Policy Working Group and the Model United Nations Society of the UniBW a public screening of the award-winning documentary "Tell Spring not to Come this Year," followed by a discussion with the director, Michael McEnvoy. The film offers unique insights in the condition of the Afghan army following the NATO troop withdrawal in late 2014.
On Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Audimax of the Munich University of the Federal Armed Forces
MEIA Research organizes in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) a panel discussion on current developments in Libya.
Prof. Dr. Peter Neumann, King's College London
Dr. Brian McQuinn, University of Oxford
Dr. Helmut Pisecky, Austrian Society for Policy Analysis
Wolfgang Pusztai, Former Austrian Military Attaché in Libya
Chair: Dr. René Rieger
Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 6:00 pm
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, Maximiliansstrasse 17
MEIA Research organizes in cooperation with the Academy of Civic Education in Tutzing and the AmerikaHaus Munich a round table on the future of Afghanistan following the Western troop withdrawal in 2014.
John Crosby, Political/Economic Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Munich
Lieutenant Colonel Jörg Schlickmann, German Ministry of Defense, Berlin
Akbar Borran, Afghan Youth Activist
Chair: Dr. Anja Opitz
Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 7:30 pm
AmerikaHaus Munich, Karolinenplatz 3
MEIA Research organizes at panel discussion, hosted by the AmerikaHaus Munich, on the so called Gezi protests at Istanbul's Taksim square and the event's implications for the rule of the Turkish AKP government under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey's relations with the West.
Prof. Dr. Stephan Stetter, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich
Ludwig Schulz, German Orient Institute Berlin & MEIA Research
Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere, Political analyst Istanbul (via Skype)
Chair: Dr. René Rieger
Wednesday, 26 June 2013, 5:30 pm
AmerikaHaus Munich, Karolinenplatz 3
MEIA Research and the Center for Applied Policy Research host a discussion round with Prof. Mohammed Ayoob, professor of international relations and coordinator of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University.
Prof. Ayoob is coming directly from Istanbul where he witnessed the protests on Taksim Square.
Moderation: Ludwig Schulz
MEIA Research and the U.S. General Consulate Munich organize a lunchtime lecture on the topic of nuclear prolifation in the Middle East, given by Greg Thielmann, Senior Fellow of the Arms Control Association (ACA), Washington, D.C.
Moderation: Dr. René Rieger
Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 1:00 pm
AmerikaHaus Munich, Karolinenplatz 3