Report | Bonn Vision Lab – Envisioning Zeitenwende

The „Bonn Vision Lab 2030: Envisioning Zeitenwende“ brought together over 30 young academics and practitioners from across Europe to discuss the future security policy of Europe and Germany. Focused on cultivating a new generation motivated to take on responsibility and guided by a visioning approach, the workshop delved into discussions on foreign and security policy strategies post-„Zeitenwende.“ The inclusive platform aimed to ensure that tomorrow’s decision-makers actively participate in shaping the future by exploring goals, means, and visions for European and German strategic actions on the world stage. This report details the workshop’s results as well as methodology, providing a blueprint for future projects.

Conceptualized by the Regional Group Rhineland of Polis180 and the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic, and Integration Studies (CASSIS) at the University of Bonn, with collaboration from various organizations, the Bonn Vision Lab addressed future questions on topics such as climate change, technological autonomy, and historical narratives in geopolitics. By presenting visionary speeches and strategic recommendations, participants contributed to a vibrant debate on the future of European and German foreign and security policy. The report emphasizes the need for inclusive, resilient, and sustainable strategies and positions the Bonn Vision Lab as a successful platform for fostering ongoing discussions among future decision-makers, offering a valuable starting point for envisioning the future of European security.


By Niklas Almasi, Thorsten Gerwin, Mando Gloger, Anna-Katharina Hofmann, Philip Nock, Frederik Schmitz, Maximilian Schranner, Fenja Wiluda


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