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Hopes and Fears in International Relations: An Open Forum Discussion

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Hopes and Fears in International Relations: An Open Forum Discussion.  With Guests Captains Kristin Brinckman and Carl-Philipp Jürgens of the Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

April 2, 4:00-5:00 in Hub 145 (University of Florida International Center Large Conference Room)

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Starting point for this discussion is the western liberal democratic world order put in place at the end of WWII based on strong transatlantic alliances among nations aspiring to be politically free and economically prosperous and interconnected by these values rather than continuously separated and traumatized by the ravages of war (as had been the case in Europe for centuries). The United Nations, NATO, and the European Union all grew out of and are connected in different ways to these shared aspirations.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was generally seen as an affirmation of liberal democratic values and their associated political and economic aspirations. Yet with the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall on November 9, 2019, these values and aspirations seem to be in question as perhaps never before since WWII.

Against this backdrop, hopes and fears along with the associated possibilities and dangers of the current moment will be discussed in this Open Forum Discussion with questions and comments invited from all participants.

Possible topics are the future of the United Nations, the EU, NATO, transatlantic relationships, possible futures of warfare (cyber, space), historic topics, post-Cold-War era (i.e. post Fall of the Wall), counter terrorism, migration and immigration, defense policy, etc.

Questions from participants on site and online are invited.

Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the University of Florida International Center, and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.



Livestream and recording by the Sustainable Online Network for Global-Cultural Studies.


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NameLindsey Echtermeyer

After watching this Open Forum, I felt I had been given a new perspective on our world. It is easy to become engulfed in the American View of the world, as we are known for our military spending and involvement in the world. Germany on the other hand, because of its history tends to be a little more hesitant when it comes to involving itself in other countries' affairs. I'd be curious to know what a German or a German Military official personally thinks of the U.S's involvement in many other countries and whether or not they agree with our countries choices? I enjoyed learning about the role of the German military as well, and some of the missions they are completing currently, especially in terms of refugees which is such a relevant topic currently. I knew the importance of NATO, but as the two speakers said, it feels more important now than ever for countries to come together and work towards a collective goal, whether this is Climate Change, or dealing with issues in the world. I'm thankful for the speakers who came all the way from Germany, to provide us with an opportunity to hear a different perspective from a country that we share close relations with.

April 26, 2020

NameBrooke Johnson

Going off of what Captain Jurgen's said regarding perspective that German soldiers gain in their training. Is there currently or is there a way to incorporate this type of training/outlook in military training of all? Additionally, I think this perspective and understanding is needed more in solving the current problems of international and domestic social relations. Is there a way to help the public gain perspective?

April 26, 2020