WEBINAR // Germany and the War in Ukraine

WEBINAR // Germany and the War in Ukraine

On 3 May 2024 at 12:00pm (EST) the Global Policy Institute (GPI) and Bay Atlantic University (BAU) held an event titled “Germany and the War in Ukraine” via Zoom and in-person at BAU, 8th floor conference room.

The recent approval by the US Congress of a substantial package of military assistance to Ukraine was essential to avoid Kyiv’s defeat. However, the new weapons that will soon reach Ukraine, while vitally important, will not be enough to win the war against Russia. What will happen after this? More military aid packages after a few months? Unless the US and key European countries are willing to vastly increase the amount of military assistance to Kyiv, so that Ukraine will be able to mount a serious counter offensive aimed at pushing the Russians out of Ukraine, this debilitating war of attrition may end with a Russian victory, simply because the West is getting tired of propping up a perennially disadvantaged Ukraine. In all this, Germany plays and will play a key role. Germany is the biggest European economy and historically a key NATO and EU member. Germany’s attitudes to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine influence the rest of Europe and the US as well. To shed light on these complex issues, Ewald Konig, a Berlin based seasoned writer, observer and analyst of Germany and East-West relations, joined us for a timely conversation. He discussed Germany’s evolving perceptions about Ukraine, Russia, and NATO security.

Event Recording:

About the speaker:

Ewald König (born 1954 in Vienna, Austria) is a European correspondent and analyst in Berlin, Germany.
He is the owner of the Berliner Korrespondentenbüro – International Media Projects, book author, columnist, moderator, organizer and host of the media forum “correspondents’ cafe” and other forums, consultant for institutions, producer of TV documentaries, host in three local TV shows etc.

About the moderator:

Paolo von Schirach became President of the Global Policy Institute, GPI, in 2016. He is also Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bay Atlantic University, BAU, in Washington DC. He previously served as Department Chair for Political Science and IR at BAU. Areas of expertise: US politics and economics, international security, NATO affairs, the war in Ukraine, the Middle East, US-China relations, Africa, terrorism, oil and gas and renewable energy.

Paolo von Schirach is the Founder and Editor of the Schirach Report, an online publication focusing on politics, economics and international security. Von Schirach is a frequent lecturer, TV and radio commentator, on US foreign and domestic politics and global issues. Media: He is frequently on Alhurra TV, Asharq News, BBC Arabic, TG5 (Italy), Cairo TV, Sky News Arabia, Newsy, France 24, and other networks.

Career: For more than 25 years von Schirach worked in emerging markets as Team Leader and Senior Expert managing investment and trade promotion programs. Prior to that he was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, which was followed by filling the role of Director of Communications, and later on Senior Research Fellow, at the Atlantic Council. He was Deputy Director of the Global Security Project at Georgetown University, and Vice President for International Programs at Intelx, an institution focusing on international education. He was an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, (MSFS). He has been a frequent lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute, (FSI), the U.S. Federal Government’s primary foreign affairs training institution. Education: von Schirach holds higher degrees from Georgetown University where he was also a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow in the Government Department, the London School of Economics, the University of Pisa, Italy, and the Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa.