53rd Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum:
A New Framework for Growth

n-tv, January 16, 2023

To address global challenges and strengthen resilience in the face of crises, this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum was held under the motto “Cooperation in a Fragmented World.” In her special address, Ursula von der Leyen referred to the WEF’s latest Global Risks Report. Among other things, this opens up perspectives on how national priorities can be assessed in relation to global risks in order to achieve the goal of a more resilient, equitable and sustainable future.

At this year’s meeting in Davos, Professor Dr. Klaus Schweinsberg focused on concrete, feasible and rapid solutions to acute problems such as the war in Ukraine, arms supplies or inflation. Along with Ulrich Reitz, Klaus Schweinsberg sees the questioning of democratic institutions as a key challenge for implementation, as nation-state political interests can collide with long-term global goals. The economics professor hopes “that the younger generation will be brought more into the game and pushed into politics – and not just in the margins.”

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Bundeswehr Conference 2022: Chancellor Scholz reaffirms security policy turnaround

Berlin, September 16, 2022

With rhetorical unambiguity, Olaf Scholz at this year’s Bundeswehr conference locates the threat posed by Russia under Putin as currently the greatest for NATO allies. In view of the threat situation, the core mission of the Bundeswehr comes into focus within the Chancellor’s “Klartext” speech: national and alliance defense. Scholz reaffirmes the political and social backing of the Bundeswehr, with the special assets made available being no exception.

In the discussion that followed, opened by Klaus Schweinsberg, Olaf Scholz took questions from top Bundeswehr officials and political representatives. Within the new national security strategy, Scholz says, the development of the German military’s capacity to act was under particular scrutiny.

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2022 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings – Panel Discussion: „Economics and Politics of War and Sanctions“

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, 27. August 2022

„If you are going to impose sanctions, you want to organize them so that they will be as effective as possible – and in the case of the current war, I am not sure that they have been.“ – Eric Maskin

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, sanctions aimed at deterrence have been increasingly used to dissuade Putin from further military expansion – until the military attack on Ukraine on February 24 reshuffled the cards worldwide. Six months after the war began, Saskia Meuchelböck of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Nobel laureates Oliver Hart, Eric S. Maskin and Sir Christopher A. Pissarides evaluate the effectiveness and success of ongoing economic sanctions at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The use of the economic weapon aims to end the war; while Oliver Hart focuses on the punitive effect, Eric Maskin hopes for sanctions as an incentive to move Russia to the negotiating table. Even if the sanctions used weaken the Russian economy, unintended political consequences within Russia may counteract their success, as Ms. Meuchelböck confirms using recent studies. The time horizon and trade-offs put pressure on the sanctioning countries: “How long can we affort this situation?” is a question posed by moderator Klaus Schweinsberg to the invited guests.

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Artificial intelligence – a topic for the supervisory board?


In their article in “Der Aufsichtsrat”, Professor Philip Meissner and Professor Klaus Schweinsberg address the monitoring obligations of supervisory boards with regard to the use of AI in corporate practice. Calling in independent expertise or monitoring the risk management system with regard to AI pose new challenges for supervisory boards. The authors consider four relevant risk dimensions here.

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How Germany trains its elite soldiers

Manager Magazin, 20. Mai 2022

While the Bundeswehr has recently been increasingly aligned with business standards, military leadership skills are increasingly coming into focus in companies these days. Decision-making skills in complex situations, geopolitical risk management, strategic analysis under time pressure – how can the military mindset enrich top management?
Sonja Banze from Manager Magazin shares her insights into the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) in Blankenese in the podcast.

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