28 January 2016
Washington – Germany & the Future of the European Security Order
Washington Monument. Photo: flickr/Brook Ward
Washington Monument. Photo: flickr/Brook Ward

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a two-day workshop discussing the role of Germany and the European security order organized by Brookings Institution.

Questions debated were: What are the roles and responsibilities of Ukraine, Russia, the OSCE, EU, NATO, and individual Western countries in the management of the crisis? What does the conflict in Ukraine mean for the Eastern European neighborhood? Is there any scope for compromise or agreement between the West and Russia? What role can Germany play given its commitment to a more forward-leaning and responsible foreign policy? How has the refugee crisis and the surge of tension in the Middle East affected the calculus of security in Europe's East? What future scenarios seem likely?

Participants included:

  • James Townsend, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy
  • Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States
  • Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow and Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings
  • Daniel Baer, U.S. Representative to the OSCE
  • Christian Nünlist, Senior Researcher, Center of Security Studies, ETH Zürich
  • Dirk Stockhausen, Team Coordinator, Task Force OSCE Chairmanship 2016
  • Stefan Meister, Head of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia Program, DGAP
  • Michael Carpenter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia
  • Chris Chivvis, Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation
  • Justyna Gotkowska, Senior Fellow, OSW
  • Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow and Director, Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative
  • Klaus Botzet, Head of the Political, Security and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union
  • Josef Janning, Head of Berlin Office, ECFR
  • Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director, Strategy and Statecraft Program, CNAS
  • Alar Olljum, EU Senior Fellow and Visiting Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings


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