Debate @Academy: Is it time for a German National Security Council?

On Tuesday, 12 March, 06:30 pm

At the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin Representative Office, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, Dean of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs

Moderated by
Julianne Smith, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy 

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The debate will be followed by a reception.


Due to a constitutional mandate that explicitly calls for and protects the autonomy of federal ministers, German foreign policy is almost exclusively left in the hands of the foreign minister and the Federal Foreign Office. However, in today’s complex world where threats lurch between domestic and foreign policies, some across Berlin’s national security community feel that the system has become inadequate or insufficient and lacks the agility to craft innovative and swift policy responses across multiple agencies. One proposal that continues to be debated is the creation of a German National Security Council. 

Please join us for a public debate on that idea between two of Germany's top diplomats. Does Germany need an update of its aging national security structures? Is it time for a German National Security Council? How might a National Security Council change German foreign policy? What obstacles exist? Are there any lessons from other countries?