Security in an Insecure World: Germany's Defense Pivot

On November 3, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington, D.C. is hosting an in-person panel discussion with the German Deputy Secretary of Defense Siemtje Möller (SPD) to talk about Germany's new defense pivot.

Vladimir Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine caused a remarkable pivot in Germany’s defense posture. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Germany had to rethink its security and defense policy and the Scholz government acted quickly: The so-called “Zeitenwende” was an acknowledgement of the new realities in Europe. For the first time, the German government is also developing a comprehensive security strategy.

Eight months after chancellor Olaf Scholz proclaimed the ‘Zeitenwende’, we want to assess Germany’s defense pivot with key policymakers and experts: What does the pivot mean for Germany’s allies in Europe and the US? And how will it (re-)shape transatlantic relations?

Please join us at the National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045) as we hear from a distinguished panel featuring 

Siemtje Möller, German Deputy Secretary of Defense and Member of the German Parliament

Max Bergmann, Director of the Europe Program and the Stuart Center in Euro-Atlantic and Northern European Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Sophia Besch, Fellow at the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)

and moderated by John K. Glenn, Senior Director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)


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