National Security Strategy: PRIF Contributions to the Debate

The German govern­ment plans to develop the first German National Security Strategy by the beginning of next year at the latest. To this end, consul­tations have been taking place since spring 2022 with partner countries, policy­makers, the expert community and civil society. PRIF has partici­pated in the debate in a variety of formats. These included expert dialogues as well as numerous publi­cations: The PRIF blog published its own series on the National Se­curity Strategy. Contri­butions also appeared on the “49security blog”. In addition, the HSFK was involved in a total of three “HSFK im Dialog” (PRIF dialogue) rounds of talks with the Federal Foreign Office and the BMZ. PRIF researchers also participated in the debate with various public discussion events, opinion pieces and partici­pation in workshops of other insti­tutions such as the BAKS, the SWP, the Advisory Board to the Federal Govern­ment for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peace­building or the Protes­tant Academies. This page provides an over­view of PRIF's activities regarding the debate on the security strategy.

PRIF Blog Series on the National Security Strategy

PRIF Talk Podcast on the National Security Strategy

External Blogs and Media Contributions

Policy Advice: “HSFK im Dialog”

  • October 10, 2022: PRIF Dialogue with BMZ representatives: exchange on the National Security Strategy with a focus on the link between development policy and security and on cooperation with autocracies.
  • September 30, 2022: “The Role of Foreign Missions and Crisis Engagement in the National Security Strategy”: Exchange with the National Security Strategy Working Group at the Federal Foreign Office.
  • June 27, 2022: “Consequences of an Expanded, Liberal Concept of Security for the National Security Strategy”: Exchange with the National Security Strategy Working Group at the Federal Foreign Office.

Events and Discussions (in German)

  • Bürgerdialog, Außenpolitik und Kommunikation, Workshop on the National Security Strategy: Bundeswehr and Society in Light of the “Turn of the Times”, Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS), Berlin, with Sarah Brockmeier, October 24, 2022.
  • Was hält uns zusammen? Entwicklungs- und friedenspolitische Antworten im Zeichen der Zeitenwende, Expert discussion of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with with Development Minister Svenja Schulze and Nicole Deitelhoff, October 17, 2022. 
    To video of the event on the BMZ Youtube Channel
  • Europäische Sicherheit. Frieden schaffen in Zeiten des Krieges?, Panel discussion by PRIF on the topic of peace policy as part of the event series “Politik im Freien Theater”, October 4, 2022.
  • Welche Sicherheit? Auf dem Weg zu einer nationalen Sicherheitsstrategie, Digital panel discussion by PRIF and Heinrich Böll Foundation Hesse, September 14, 2022.
    To video of the event on the Heinrich Böll Foundation Hesse Youtube Channel
  • Wo bleibt das Zivile? Zur neuen Friedens- und Sicherheitspolitik der Bundesregierung, Theme day by Pax Christi, Haus am Dom, Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt and PRIF, June 18, 2022.
    To video of the event on the Haus am Dom Youtube Channel
  • Zukunft der Friedensförderung und Stabilisierung: Wie weiter mit der deutschen Außenpolitik?, Parliamentary Evening of the German Foundation for Peace Research with PRIF, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC) and Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), May 10, 2022.
  • Russlands Krieg und die neue deutsche Sicherheitsstrategie, Panel discussion by PRIF, Frankfurter Rundschau and Haus am Dom, April 25, 2022.
    To video of the event on the Haus am Dom Youtube Channel

Peace Report 2022

The Peace Report 2022 also explicitly addresses the National Security Strategy in its recommendations. Among other things, the editors call for feminist foreign policy to become part of the strategy and emphasize the importance of forward-looking violence prevention and consideration of the repercussions of climate change on fragile states.