Defence, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence: Future priorities of German and European security policies

Digitalisation causes fundamental changes to the global state of security and means of war; cyber-attacks have become a major threat, increasingly addressing critical infrastructures of our societies. Simultaneously, artificial intelligence is shaping defence systems and strategies at an unprecedented pace. How can international actors respond and increase their resilience? On the occasion of her new senior fellowship at the Hertie School, Katrin Suder will give a keynote on the evolving character of defence in the digital age, followed by a discussion with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and Constanze Stelzenmüller.

Keynote speaker

Katrin Suder is Chairperson of the Advisory Council on Digitalisation to the German Federal Government. From August 2014 until April 2018, she served as State Secretary for the German Federal Ministry of Defence. From 2000 to 2014, she worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. In 2007, she became head of McKinsey's Berlin office, and in 2010 she was put in charge of their Public Sector Practice in Germany. She is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Trustees at the Hertie School.


Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, is the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution.

Chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, 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.

This event is hosted by the Centre for International Security Policy at the Hertie School.