Public event

Navigating a multipolar world

Please join us for a discussion with Barry Posen who is conducting research for a new project and is interested in how German scholars and national security officials see the distribution of power in the world today. Questions to be discussed in this background discussion include: Does the Russia-China relationship matter much to Europe? Is Russia likely to remain a consequential state, or is this their last hurrah? Is the world so demanding of US attention, that it really cannot be counted upon to meet all demands? If not, then what does that imply for other states? In what ways does the distribution of 'hard power' affect other issues? What is the current function of hard military power, especially for 'great powers'? What does modern war look like?

The event is by invitation only.

If you have any questions, please contact cisp[at]hertie-school[dot]org.

Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of MIT Seminar XXI. His most recent book, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, was released in May 2014 (Cornell University Press 2014). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In 2016, he was appointed Henry A. Kissinger Chair (visiting) in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, John W. Kluge Center.  He is the 2017 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS), International Studies Association, Distinguished Scholar Award. He has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow; Rockefeller Foundation International Affairs Fellow; Guest Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; and a Visiting Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College.


Wolfgang Ischinger is Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School and Director of the school’s Centre for International Security Policy (CISP). He has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, he was Germany’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and from 2001 to 2006, he was Ambassador to the United States.