Munich, 14 - 16 February 2020

Young Security Conference

MEIA Research supports the first "Young Security Conference" (YSC), organized by EuropaNova, BayFrance & others, on
14th – 16th February 2020 in Munich, Germany.
The YSC is a unique initiative that stands out for its participatory and innovative character. The YSC will communicate before and during the official Munich Security Conference 2020 (MSC) with participants and experts from the MSC, in order to define the contents of the YSC seminars. The aim is to bring together young talents and experts for three days and to formulate concrete policy proposals on the future of European security and defence policy. Through the submission of policy papers, workshops, panels and innovative exchanges & techniques, the conference provides a perfect environment for sharing and discussing new ideas related to the new EU security roadmaps at all levels. In addition, the YSC will host special policy evening sessions with policy makers from all over Europe!
Master students from all disciplines, PhD candidates, Post-Docs and young professionals from around the world are invited to present their work and proposals at this first edition of the YSC 2020. Our seminar connects young innovative thinkers with experts from policy & research in a discussion on the future of European security and defence.
The morning-session workshops are dedicated to the “Young Professionals Core Group” (selected through this call for participation), to critically discuss diverse topics and to foster political innovation. Those workshops will be closed to the public and take place at the beautiful Institut Français, Munich.
The afternoon- and evening sessions will be organised in close cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Thomas-Dehler-Foundation and are open to the public. The Young Professionals Group will have the occasion to present their ideas, works and proposals during the afternoon sessions, to discuss and exchange with high ranked panellists and ‘academic advisors’.
To apply and for all further information:


Munich, 26 September 2019

40 years after the Iran Hostage Crisis

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

(Photo: Iran Hostage Crisis ©U.S. Air Force)

Regensburg, 11 August 2019

REgional Security in the MIddLE East And North africa

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

MEIA Research LAunches Monitoring Project for UN Programme on Syria

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

Pakistan in the Midst of a stormy Region

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.

Pakistan in the Midst of a story Region
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Munich, 11 August 2018

Libya, Syria, Iraq: Causes, actors and conflict dynamics

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

Future Security Science Match 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 BauerDr. Anja OpitzDr. René RiegerSebastian SchäfferThomas SchillerLudwig 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.

Munich, 29 november 2017

Beyond the Arab Spring: Political and Socioeconomic Transformation across the Middle East and North Africa

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.



  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently Visiting Scholar at the Hertie School of Governance Berlin
  • Moez Ali, President of the Tunis-based Union des Tunisiens Independents pour la Liberté (UTIL)
  • Omar Fassatoui, PhD, Lawyer and Human Rights Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Tunis

Moderation: Michael Bauer, Vice Chairman MEIA Research


The event was supported by the Bavarian Government and the US Consulate General Munich.


Conference report:

Munich, 16 october 2017

Entrepreneurship in Tunisia

Expert Lunchtime Talk "Entrepreneurship in Tunisia – Potentials and Challenges"
Mohamed Haroun Ouanes

C.A.P., 16 October 2017, 11.15-12.30 a.m.

Mohamed Haroun Ouanes is pharmacist and social & green entrepreneur from the Business Center of Monastir. Since 2010 he has been involved in the Tunisian civil society, and worked with many associations in diverse fields especially health, environment, transparency, local governance. He also became a member of the Tunisian Youth Parliament and delegate of Human Rights in Monastir.
In 2016, he participated in the “Policy Advice and Strategy Development” Project organized by the C.A.P. in cooperation with the Union des Tunésiens Indépendents pour la Liberté (UTIL), the Faculty for Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of the University of Carthage, and the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR). In this framework, he published the paper C.A.Perspectives on Tunisia No. 3-2016 Entrepreneuriat en Tunisie. Recommandations pour relever les défis économiques.
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MUNICH, 17 JulY 2017

Qatar: Strategic Partner or Destabilizing Force?

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?"


Panel Guests:

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

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MUNICH, 10 JulY 2017

Built on Sand? on The complex relations between Germany and Saudi Arabia

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


Built on Sand - Germany and Saudi Arabia
Invitation (in German).pdf
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Berlin, 20 FEBRUARY 2017

Human Rights in Iran: Subordinated to a Successful Realpolitik?

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?"


Panel Guests:

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

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Munich, 19 FEBRUARY 2017

Turkey in 2017: Friend or Foe of the West?

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?"


Panel Guests:

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

Invitation_Turkey in 2017.pdf
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Munich, 10 FEBRUARY 2016

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.


Panel Guests:

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

Iran after the Nuclear Deal.pdf
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Neubiberg, 18 March 2015

Afghanistan's ArmY after the NATO Withdrawal

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

Munich, 4 FEBRUARY 2015

CIVIL War in Libya: From NATO Intervention to Islamist Emergence

MEIA Research organizes in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) a panel discussion on current developments in Libya.


Panel Guests:

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

Libyan Civil War: From NATO Intervention to Islamist Emergence - Introductory Statement by Wolfgang Pusztai
Statement Pusztai.pdf
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Munich, 8 April 2014

Afghanistan at the Crossroads: Collaps in Sovereignty?

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.


Panel Guests:

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

Munich, 26 June 2013

Taksim in Turmoil: Turkish Spring and Erdogan's Fall?

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.


Panel Guests:

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

Munich, 12 June 2013

discussion round on turkey's akp government and muslim politics with mohammed ayoob

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

Munich, 5 June 2013

panel discussion on nuclear proliferation in the middle east with greg thielmann

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