Online Panel: War in Europe. Germany's Contribution to European Security

Project no./Projektnr.:



Dr. Ulrike Franke, European Council on Foreign Relations
Lieutenant General (ret.) Frederick Benjamin Hodges
Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, MdB


Dr. Marcus Pindur, Deutschlandfunk


Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 8-9pm
Dienstag, 17. Mai 2022, 20-21 Uhr




English & Deutsch

In cooperation with/In Kooperation mit:

Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)


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Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine has shown that power politics is far from dead and that the idea of containing aggressive states like Putin's Russia through positive interdependence - as undertaken by Germany - is not enough to guarantee European security. Europe has to relearn the concept of "hard power" as well as strategic thinking, and it has to do so quickly. Germany falls short in these fields, being dependent on Russian fossile fuels and having neglected the Bundeswehr for decades as was made clear by Bundeskanzler OIaf Scholz in his Zeitenwende speech on February 27 in the Bundestag.

Revolutionary times beg the question: What is to be done? Be it in the short term, when supporting Ukraine and to contain Russian aggression at the borders of Europe, and longer term, to transform Germany into an asset of European security architecture rather than a liability as demonstrated over the last months?

Our host, journalist Marcus Pindur, will tackle these questions together with Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, chair of the defense comittee, security policy expert Dr. Ulrike Franke from the European Council on Foreign Relations and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ben Hodges from the Center for European Policy Analysis.

YouTube Recording


Dr. Ulrike Franke

is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and member of the "Sicherheitshalber" podcast team. Her areas of focus include German and European security and defence, the future of warfare, and the impact of new technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence on warfare.

Lieutenant General (ret.) Frederick Benjamin Hodges

graduated in 1980 from the United States Military Academy and ended his career as Commanding General, United States Army Europe (2014 – 2017). He then became the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies of the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Dr. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, MdB,

was first elected a member of the German Bundestag in 2017 and served as the FDP's spokesperson for defence policy. After being re-elected in 2021 she became Chair of the Defence Committee. In April 2022 she was one of the first German politicians to visit Ukraine following the Russian attack.


Moderation: Dr. Marcus Pindur

is Dlf-Correspondent for security policy. He reports from Berlin for Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Deutschlandfunk Nova and covers topics of domestic and foreign security. From 2012-2016, Dr. Pindur was based in Washington, D.C.