At the invitation of the commander of Flotilla 2 – in German “Einsatzflottille”, literally operational flotilla –, Flotilla Admiral Axel Schulz (right), Professor Klaus Schweinsberg visited the naval base in Wilhelmshaven on January 31, 2023. Flotilla 2 is the largest combat unit of the German Navy; it participates with its units in maneuvers such as Northern Coast, Heimdall or Joint Vision. In 2023, the focus will be on securing the so-called northern flank in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and North Atlantic as part of the NATO VJTF (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force). Professor Schweinsberg gave a lecture on “Leading in Times of Uncertainty” to the officer corps of Flotilla 2, followed by a discussion. A tour of the frigate “Hessen” led by its commander, Frigate Captain Volker Kübsch (left), concluded the visit. The frigate “Hessen” had only returned to Wilhelmshaven in November 2022 after two and a half months in the North Atlantic. There, the ship had participated very successfully in exercises of Carrier Strike Group 12 around the newest U.S. aircraft carrier “USS Gerald R. Ford”.
The Center for Strategy and Higher Leadership hosts “Short Notice Briefings” on topical issues for CEOs and chairpersons of major companies in Europe. In 2022, Short Notice Briefings were held with, among others, General Sir Richard Shirreff, author of the book “War with Russia,” Professor Igor Yurgens, former advisor to the Russian President, and NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander, Admiral James G. Stavridis (photo). The discussion was chaired by Professor Klaus Schweinsberg.
At the invitation of the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, General Eberhard Zorn, CEOs and supervisory board members of well-known companies and high-ranking military officers met in Berlin on September 9, 2020 for an exchange of ideas on the topic of “Crisis Management and Corona”. The conversation was moderated by Professor Klaus Schweinsberg.
The German Institute for Defence and Security Studies (GIDS) and the General Staff Courses at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) shed light on Africa’s prospects in a high-profile conference in Hamburg. Professor Klaus Schweinsberg chaired an expert panel consisting of military officers and representatives from NGOs, business and academia, in which the special role of China in Africa was discussed.
On November 5, 2019, the 26th Anniversary of the Deutsche Nationalstiftung was held under the theme “100 Years of the Weimar Constitution and the Future of Democracy.” Led by Prof. Dr. Heinrich August Winkler’s opening speech, which highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the Weimar Constitution, the event was followed by a critical discussion of the democratic structures that exist today. Prof. Dr. Schweinsberg took over the moderation of the event this year.