Kiel Security Conference 2020
Please note that due to the imminent health hazard caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to postpone the launch of the conference.
A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
We apologize for any inconveniences that it may cause you. Your expertise and contributions to this conference are highly valued and we hope you will continue to be interested in the newly planned conference.
Some 30 years after the upheavals in Eastern Europe, the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Baltic Sea region has undergone fundamental changes. On the one hand, the development of the region is excellent. The economic, cultural and political ties are very close and fruitful. The Baltic Sea has become a hub for exchange, cooperation and prosperity. On the other hand, since 2014 the region has become a security hotspot for various reasons.
The main factor is Russia's assertive and often aggressive policy in the region since 2013. Russia does not shy away from openly bullying its neighbours and from building up capabilities that threaten the Baltic States with hybrid or conventional aggression. Russia uses energy supplies as a means of exerting pressure and of sowing conflict among European nations. Issues of energy dependence and energy supply routes have since become controversial both among European states and within the transatlantic partnership.
Then there is the High North, the Arctic: It is possible that new sea routes will emerge because of climate change. In addition, new promising possibilities for the extraction of raw materials are being expected. These issues raise expectations and hopes – but also fears about the possibility of new strategic confrontation. Although there hasn't been an overall militarization of the Arctic so far, the situation could deteriorate very quickly.
In addition, China's rise as a great power can be felt in the Baltic Sea region. China’s Belt and Road Initiative as well as its close military cooperation with Russia pose challenges for Europeans in the Baltic region, in particular since Chinese naval units have taken part in Russian naval exercises in the Baltic Sea.
There are enough reasons to take a closer look at the foreign and security policy situation in the Baltic Sea region and in the Arctic. All those reasons gave rise to the idea of a conference on security policy issues in the Baltic Sea region:
The Kiel Security Conference
Its motivation is to bring security policy issues in the Baltic Sea region more into the spotlight - especially in Germany. Furthermore, to intensify the exchange between scholars and politicians from the region and to bring them closer together.
The conference is organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University and the Hermann-Ehlers Foundation. Chairman of the conference is Dr. Johann David Wadephul, Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag.