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Munich, 26 September 2019
Kathryn Koob, a U.S. State Department staffer, was sent to Tehran in July 1979 as the director of the Iran America Center.With 51 other U.S. diplomats and citizens she 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. Following her captivity, Ms. Koob resumed her foreign service career which – among other postings – also brought her to Munich.
On 26 September 2019, in a conversation with Dr. René Rieger, Ms. Koob was recalling the events in Iran of 1979-1981. The open public discussion took place at the Amerikahaus Munich and was a joint event by the U.S. General Consulate Munich and MEIA Research.
Berlin, 17 September 2019
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.
Munich, 5 August 2019
Baden-Baden, 21 July 2019
Dr. Anja Opitz has co-edited, together with Lukas D. Herr, Marcus Müller and Jürgen Wilzewski, a volume titled "Weltmacht im Abseits. Amerikanische Außenpolitik in der Ära Donald Trump" ("World Power sidelined. American foreign policy in the era of Donal Trump"), published by NOMOS.
"The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States surprised the world and aroused great anxiety. His ‘America First’ rhetoric had already fuelled concerns that his presidency would be radical during the presidential election campaign in 2016. Above all, it seemed to cast doubt on the US’ claim to global leadership, which was regarded as the foundation of the global order that the US had helped to form since the Second World War. From both an internal and external perspective, this book examines the social, institutional and international reasons for the USA’s foreign and security policy under Trump."
Munich, 21 June 2019
Gütersloh, June 2019
Michael Bauer contributed to a new policy brief by the Bertelsmann Foundation Strategy Group how the EU can overcome its strategic deficits with regard to Syria, demonstrate resolve and response to the foreign policies of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the USA.
Baden-Baden, June 2019
Ludwig Schulz contributed to the monography "German-Turkish relations revisited. The European dimenstion, domestic and foreign politics and transnational dynamics", edited by Ebru Turhan and published by Nomos, with an analysis titled "Shaping geopolitical destiny and coping with political complexity: Germany and Turkey as Central Powers in International Politics".
Munich, 8 April 2019
Ludwig Schulz gave an interview for the RadioWelt of Bayern 2 broadcasting on the Russian-Turkish Summit taking place in Moscow for the initiation of the Turkish Year for Culture and Tourism in Russia.
Munich, 1 April 2019
The government of Bavaria decided to extend the programm "Policy Advice and Strategy Development" on the training of political advisors in Tunisia, designed and implemented by the Center for Applied Policy Research at Munich University with its Tunisian partners, the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of the University of Carthago, the Union of Independent Tunisians for Liberty (UTIL) and the Arab Institute for Human Rights, and led by Ludwig Schulz, for another two years.
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 C.E.O. 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.
Bratislava, 14 November 2018
Sebastian Schäffer wrote a policy paper in the framework of his Think Visegrad Fellowship at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in Bratislava. "Towards a New Model for European Governance: from Macro-regionalism vs. Minilateralism to an Institutional Reform of the EU" offers a different idea for institutional reform. While the paper acknowledges that a macro-regional approach os best suited to alleviate the multiple crises the EU is facing, there is a need for a more output-driven approach.
Sebastian Schäffer conducted interviews and research resulting in his recommendations, which seek to contribute to ta debate on European governance:
1) Reduce the number of Commissioners to 15.
2) Elect the European Parliament in a truly pan-European way.
3)Abolish the Council of the European Union and integrate it into the European Council.
4) Establish a Council of the European Regions.
Friedrichshafen, 27 September - 28 October 2018
Michael Bauer taught a seminar program on Dynamics of Administration, Politics and Policy in the European Affairs for the BA-Programme Politics, Administration and International Relations (PAIR) of Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.
Beirut, 24-25 September 2018
Michael Bauer participated in a conference on peace-building and reconstruction in Syria organized by UN-ESCWA's National Agenda for the Future of Syrian Programme (NAFS). The conference discussed policy gaps at the national level in priority themes/sectors that hinder peace-building and reconstruction in the country based on the NAFS-long-term vision for Syria 2030. Michael Bauer contributed to the working group focussing on emergency response, relief and humanitarian work.
Gütersloh, August 2018
Michael Bauer joined a strategy group set up by Bertelsmann Stiftung to analyze the strategic priorities and foreign policy objectives of Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran with regard to the European Neighborhood as well as the relations between these four states. The group's first findings are summarized in the publication Antagonisms in the EU's neighborhood.
Munich, 3-24 Aug 2018
The 2018 MEIA Middle East Summer School of MEIA Research in cooperation with the Institute for the Near and Middle East, the
Center for Applied Policy Research and the International Office of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich took place in Munich and Berlin, gathering 20 undergraduate and graduate students as well as
young professionals from 12 different countries for courses on Middle East politics, cultures, economics and international affairs.
For further information click here.
Munich, 14 Aug 2018
Eschborn, 16-19 July 2018
Michael Bauer continued his cooperation with the programme team of the National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in another workshop on "Policy Development in Post-Conflict Contexts: Analyzing Policy-Gaps, Drafting Recommendations". A series of updated NAFS analysis papers will be published in October 2018.
Innsbruck, 28 June 2018
Munich, 25 June 2018
Vienna, 7-14 May 2018
Sebastian Schäffer and Michael Bauer gave a one-week seminar on the future of European integration for MA students of Chulalongkorn University's European Studies programme (MAEUS). The seminar-programme was titled "Between crisis management and muddling through" and focussed on the various external and internal challenges for the European Union. The Viennese Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and Seminars Simulations and Consulting Europe co-organised the programme and IDM director Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, gave the opening lecture. The students also participated in a meeting of the OSCE's Forum for Security Co-operation. (Photo by IDM)
Berlin, May 2018
Gulf expert Sebastian Sons explained the US pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of the P5+1 with Iran for the German broadcaster ZDF's Auslandsjournal and 3Sat Makro (each one in German).
Berlin, April 2018
Sebastian Sons gave various interviews on current developments in Saudi Arabia and the situation in the Gulf region for numerous German and international news outlets, such as HR Info, Businessinsider.de, die Schweizer Nachrichten, Tagesspiegel, DLF, DIE WELT, BILD, Tagesspiegel Causa, Deutsche Welle, Telepolis, Jungle World, Handelsblatt, IZ, Arab DW, Cibedo, Washington Post, Stuttgarter Zeitung, L'Express, WDR, ZDF Heute und dem ZDF Heute Journal.
Beirut, 10-13 April 2018
Michael Bauer facilitated a training course on strategy development and policy-making for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission on West Asia (UN-ESCWA) National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme. A particular focus of the training was on the prospects and challenges for planning, formulating and implementing policies in conflict and post-conflict settings.
Bonn, 8 March 2018
Sebastian Sons spoke at a panel discussion, organized by the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) in Bonn on the topic of the Yemen conflict in the context of regional rivalries, focussing on the role of Saudi Arabia. The event was moderated by Gudrun Harrer (Der Standard).
Tutzing, 30 January 2018
At a conference on migration and forced displacement in Africa, Michael Bauer gave a talk on the Maghribian states and their role as transit countries as well as destination and countries of origin for migration flows. He discussed local socioeconomic and political conditions and focussed in particular on the situation in Morocco and Libya.
Geretsried, 11 January 2018
Michael Bauer gave a training session on causes of conflicts, human rights and civic engagement for members of the German Federal Volunteer Service at the educational center in Geretsried. The seminar also covered the prospects and challenges of development cooperation and international humanitarian relief work.