Fürstenfeldbruck, 8 Dec. 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the origin, development, and online propaganda of the terror organization DAESH to prospective German Air Force commanders at the German Air Force Academy in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany.
Tutzing, 2 Dec. 2015
Christine Strassmaier spoke about the origins and the development and the dynamic of the civil war in Syria and Iraq at a seminar on "Refuge, asylum, integration” at the Academy of Civic Education Tutzing.
Istanbul, 30 Nov. 2015
Ludwig Schulz and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Weidenfeld contributed to the book German interests and Turkey's EU accession process: A
holistic perspective, edited by Ebru Turhan and Dr. Günter Seufert, and published by the Istanbul Policy Center.
Berlin, 28 Nov. 2015
Ludwig Schulz contributed to a panel discussion on Turkey after the November 2015 elections, together with Suat Bakır, CEO of the Turkish-German Chamber of Industry and
Commerce, and Ahmet Külahcı, Herad of the Berlin office of Hürriyet and Doğan News Agency. The event to place at the German Orient Institute.
Munich, 24 Nov. 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk entitled "The New Middle East - Civil War, Terrorism, and Military Interventions in Syria". The talk was organized by the Munich-based Foreign Affairs Association.
Munich, 19 Nov. 2015
Dr. Anja Opitz discussed the topic "Current Challenges for Europe – The Middle East, Russia and the Refuge Crisis" with Prof. em. Hannes Adomeit, Professor for Eastern European Studies at the College of Europe Warsaw, and Dr. Moritz Weiß of Munich University together with a delegation from the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU). The Akademie für Politik und Zeitgeschehen of Hanns Seidel Foundation had invited to this panel discussion.
Munich, 16. Nov. 2015
MEIA Research organized in co-operation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) and the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) a panel discussion on women's and minority rights Egypt in the post-Mubarak era. The event took place at the HSS headquarters in Munich.
Panel guests were award winning Egyptian women's and human rights activist Dalia Ziada, Nele Schütze (OGP), and member of German parliament Alexander Radwan (CSU). HSS chairwoman Prof. Dr. Ursula Männle gave a welcome address. Dr. René Rieger moderated the event.
Tutzing, 16. Nov. 2015
Christine Strassmaier informed representatives of the Bavarian State Association of the German Police Union about the origins and the current threat of the so called "Islamic State" during the conference “Borderless (Un-)Security – The globalization of crime and terror” at the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing.
Munich, 12 Nov. 2015
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sezer Özcan, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences of Hasan Kalyoncu University in Gaziantep, Turkey, together with Christine Strassmaier and Ludwig Schulz discussed the topics of Turkey after the November parliamentary elections and the implications of the refugee crisis on Turkey-EU relations at the Center for Applied Policy
Research. The cooperative event of C.A.P. and MEIA Research was moderated by Michael Bauer.
Munich, 9 Oct. 2015
Speaking on the current state of political and social affairs in Turkey, Ludwig Schulz contributed to a panel discussion which focused on the question "Freedom and security beyond the state?" at Munich University. The event where the cases of Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey were compared with each other, took place in the framework of the "Tunisia in Transition" Project.
Munich, 15 Sept. 2015
Dr. Anja Opitz discussed the question "New challenges for the European security policy - Do we need a European army?" with Member of German Bundestag Julia
Obermeier, member of the defense committee and of the German delegation to the Council of Europe, with Dr. Erich Vad, former director in the Bundeskanzleramt and military consultant of the German
Chancelor, and Dr. Moritz Weiß of Munich University. The Akademie für Politik und Zeitgeschehen of Hanns Seidel Foundation had invited to this "Foreign Policy Quartett."
Munich, 28 Aug. 2015
Ludwig Schulz gave an interview on the current refugee crisis in Europe as well as on Muslim
immigration and integration in Germany to the Japanese News Agency Kyodo.
Vienna, 12 Aug. 2015
Headed by Dr. René Rieger, the participants of the 2015 Middle East Summer School visited the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna.
Headed by Dr. René Rieger, the participants of the 2015 Middle East Summer School received a briefing at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
Vienna, 11 Aug. 2015
Headed by Dr. René Rieger, the participants of the 2015 Middle East Summer School received a tour and a briefing at the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna.
Headed by Dr. René Rieger, the participants of the 2015 Middle East Summer School visited the
headquarters of the Austrian daily "Der Standard" and had an in-depth discussion on the Iranian nuclear deal and related developments with Middle East editor, Dr. Gudrun
Wildbad Kreuth, 4 Aug. 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the manifold supra-regional security threats emanating from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) at the Hanns Seidel Foundation's Summer Academy for Young People in Wildbad Kreuth.
Munich, 3 Aug. 2015
The 2015 Middle East Summer School starts. The three-week program brings 15 students and young professionals from ten different countries to Munich and, for a four-day field trip, to
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Munich, 29 July 2015
Ludwig Schulz gave an interview (in German only) to the Bavarian Broadcasting Radio Station
Bayern 2's morning program RadioWelt on the current crisis between Turkey and the Kurdish
PKK, following the recent IS attack in Suruc. (See here for the download.)
Berlin, 28 July - 2 Aug. 2015
Michael Bauer chairs the first meeting of the 2015 Young Leaders Forum (YLF) of the Leading Change Across the Mediterranean Program. The forum brings together young leaders from North Africa and Europe and offers them a platform to exchange perspectives and ideas, learn from each other, network, and develop joint projects. The YLF is co-organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), the Arab Institute for Human Rights, the Union des Tunisiens Indépendants pour la Liberté (UTIL), and the Laboratoire de Recherches sur la Transition Démocratique Comparée at Hasan I University in Settat, Morocco.
Vienna, 9 July 2015
Michael Bauer and Dr. René Rieger each gave a talk at the 12th DRC Summer School on Regional Co-operation in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Bauer gave a lecture on the "Euro-peanization of Counter-Terrorism Policies," Dr. Rieger's talk was about "Al Qaeda, Islamic State, and European Security."
Munich, 7 July 2015
Together with the Consul General of the Turkish Republic in Munich, H. E. Mesut
Koç, Ludwig Schulz participated in a panel discussion organized by the students initiative
'Energy and Geopolitics at the Technical University Munich' and Prof. Dr. Giorgi Khubua, head of the Energy and Geopolitics section of the Munich School of Engineering of TUM. The topic of Mr.
Schulz's presentation was "Geopolitics, energy and the role of Turkey".
Lager-Lechfeld, 1 July 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on transformation processes in North Africa since the be-ginning of the Arab uprisings in early 2011 at the German Armed Forces' Command Support School in Lager-Lechfeld, Germany
Munich, 25 June 2015
Dr. Anja Opitz moderated a panel discussion on chances and obstacles regarding a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 in the longstanding dispute on Iran's nuclear program. The event, organized by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, took place only days before the 30 June 2015 deadline set by the conflict parties to reach a final deal.
The panelists were Prof. Dr. Andreas Bock (Akkon College for Human Sciences), Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser (director/Academy for Politics and Current Affairs of Hanns Seidel Foundation), and Dr. Walter Posch (Austrian Defense Academy).
Jerusalem, 23 June 2015
Ludwig Schulz contributed an article, entitled "The German-Israeli Security Partnership: Aspects and Remarks" (pp. 8-10) to the newly published anthology "Sehen gleich Verstehen? Erlebnisberichte der jungen Generation zum Besuch im Heiligen Land - Eine Reise aus Anlass von 50 Jahren diplomatischen Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Israel."
Munich, 23 June 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk at the Central Medical Institute of the German Armed Forces on the threats to Germany's security interests posed by the so called 'Islamic State.'
Berlin, 20 June 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave a talk at a seminar organized by Konrad-Adenauer Foundation on the multilayered threats to the security interests of NATO emanating from the so called 'Islamic State.'
Regensburg, 11 June 2015
Dr. René Rieger moderated a panel discussion on current developments in the bilateral relations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany.
The event, organized by the student-run organization Junges Europa e.V. at University of Regensburg, featured illustrious panelists: H.E. Ambassador Prof. Dr. Ossama bin Abdul Majed Shobokshi (Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Germany),
Ambassador (ret.) Dr. Dr. h.c. Harald Kindermann (Secretary-General of the German Council on Foreign Relations), Dr. Michael Krennerich (Professor for Human Rights at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), and Paul Walf (Federation of German Security and Defense Industries).
Nicosia, 5 June 2015
Ludwig Schulz was invited to give a lecture on political and economic developments in the MENA region in the aftermaths of the Arab Spring. He gave his talk at the Young Scholars Forum of the "Energy, Water and Climate Change Building Bridges Conference" co-organized by DESY Hamburg and the Cyprus Institute for Technology, Nicosia.
Tutzing, 21 May 2015
Dr. René Rieger talked about the consequences of the Arab Spring for Israel at a seminar organized by the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing.
Tutzing, 19 May 2015
Ludwig Schulz spoke on Turkey's bid to join the European Union from the perspective of German policy-makers and opinion-shapers at a conference on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy organized by the Southeast Europe Association at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing.
Tutzing, 8 May 2015
Christine Straßmaier and Dr. René Rieger each gave a talk at a seminar at the Academy for Civic Education in Tutzing, Germany. Ms. Straßmaier talked about the origin and development of the so called 'Islamic State' and explained the organization's recruitment strategies. Dr. Rieger gave an overview of transformation processes in the Arab world since 2011.
Wildbad Kreuth, 29-30 April 2015
In the course of a symposium on Cyber Jihad, organized by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Dr. René Rieger gave a talk on the role of social media in the recruitment of radical Islamist fighters and the immediate consequences of foreign fighters recruitment for Syria and Iraq.
Munich, 14 April 2015
Christine Straßmaier briefed and advised the Bavarian state parliament faction of the German Green party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) on the development of the so called 'Islamic State,' the organization's strategies, and potential counter-strategies with a special focus on the prevention of terrorist recruitment in Germany.
Cologne, 10 April 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave two talks at a seminar organized by the Karl Arnold Foundation to an
audience of the German armed forces personnel. His first talk focussed on the threat the so called 'Islamic State' poses to Saudi political stability. His second talk dealt with the
opportunities and challenges of Germany's role in the MENA region.
Berlin, 31 Mar. 2015
Michael Bauer and Ludwig Schulz published contributions to volume 56(2) of the journal ORIENT. Michael Bauer worked on "Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco: Precarious stabilization under different circumstances" (pp. 42-46) and Ludwig Schulz on "Assessing Turkish Foreign Policy. A review essay" (pp. 47-56).
Königswinter, 18-19 Mar. 2015
Dr. René Rieger gave three talks at a seminar organized by the Karl Arnold Foundation to an audience of German armed forces personnel. His talks focussed on the history and current developments of US Middle East policy, the opportunities and challenges of Germany's role in the MENA region, and the threat the so called 'Islamic State' poses to Saudi political stability.
Neubiberg, 18 Mar. 2015
MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the Chair for International Politics and Conflict Research of the Munich University of the Federal Armed Forces (UniBW) as well as 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." Following the screening of the documentary, the film's director, Michael McEnvoy, answered questions by the audience.
Tutzing, 25 Feb. 2015
Dr. Anja Opitz and Christine Straßmaier gave talks on the so called 'Islamic State,' its effects on the regional security environment, and the challenges for Europe and
Germany in fighting these threats. The audience at the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing consisted of members of the German armed forces.
Tutzing, 12 Feb. 2015
Dr. René Rieger gives a talk on migrant workers in the Arab Gulf monarchies at the Academy
for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing.
Dr. René Rieger gives a lecture on the Arab Gulf monarchies' economic and culture influence
on South and Southeast Asia at the Academy for Civic Education and Research in Tutzing.
Munich, 4 Feb. 2015
MEIA Research organized in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Policy Analysis (OGP) a panel discussion on current developments in Libya. The event took place at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich. Panel guests were Prof. Dr. Peter Neumann (King's College London), Dr. Brian McQuinn (University of Oxford), Dr. Helmut Pisecky (OGP), and Colonel Wolfgang Pusztai (former Austrian military attaché in Libya). Dr. René Rieger moderated the event.
Berlin, 28 Jan. 2015
Munich, 24 Jan. 2015
Syria and security expert Christine Straßmaier gave input on the so called Islamic State as a challenge to Western politics to a highly interested audience at a conference on
politics of peace in critical times. The conference was held on the occasion of the 2015 Munich Security Conference, organized by various institutions in Munich, such as Petra Kelly Foundation,
Evangelische Stadtakademie or the University of the Federal Armed Forces.
Munich, 1 Jan. 2015
Beginning with issue 56 (1), 2015, Ludwig Schulz is the new co-editor of the journal ORIENT - German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, published by the German Orient Institute in Berlin.