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Security challenges may come in multifarious and even unexpected shapes and guises. Most recently, the coronavirus pandemic has shown quite impressively that close international relations and smooth cooperation can be a crucial factor – not only in the context of fighting the pandemic itself, but also when security challenges have to be tackled continually, for they are not suspended during a pandemic.
True to the motto “talking with one another rather than about one another – committed to dialogue”, the Manfred Wörner Seminar offers 30 young executives from Germany, the United States and other European countries the opportunity to exchange opinions, positions and perspectives to thus deepen and consolidate the dialogue between the European and transatlantic partners. In addition to visits to security policy institutions and expert meetings, the programme is focused on exchanging ideas and getting to know one another.
The Manfred Wörner Seminar was initiated as early as in 1982 as a seminar for German-American dialogue. Since 2010, a parallel seminar dubbed “European Seminar” has been held for participants from Germany and other European countries. From 2021 onwards, these two formats will be married and continued as the Manfred Wörner Seminar, allowing participants from the entire Euro-Atlantic alliance territory and area of common values to enter into mutual exchange and dialogue.
Topics and Aims
The aim of the Manfred Wörner Seminar is to create mutual understanding and agreement among the political cultures of the Euro-Atlantic alliance territory and area of common values, which are very similar in many ways, but also reveal quite different perspectives on problems shared.
The twelve-day seminar will extensively deal with various aspects of transatlantic security policy, new challenges to NATO as well as current political issues in the U.S and the European Union. Different venues in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, speakers from a variety of countries, and a wide range of key subjects will provide a host of opportunities for exchanging information and discussing varying topics.
This seminar also serves as a platform for developing and consolidating relations between the participants from both sides of the Atlantic. The opportunities to informally discuss certain issues with one another are of prime importance in the process. The ties established during the seminar are to prepare the ground for enduring mutual dialogue across the Atlantic, which will sharpen the understanding for each other’s political situation and interests, and thus contribute to building mutual confidence.
Who is Eligible to Participate in the Seminar?
The Manfred Wörner Seminar is addressed to young executives – between 25 and 35 years of age – from the science community, trade and industry, and the world of politics. Up to 30 participants from Germany, the U.S. and Europe will be given the opportunity of broadening their horizons and exchanging information. Interested persons should hold an academic degree and have gained first experience in executive or challenging positions. Given the international composition of the seminar, it will be held in English throughout. Proficiency in the English language is therefore a must.
The fee per person will be 300 € and cover accommodation, transport services and messing during the seminar.
Dates for 2022
There will be two separate iterations in 2022:
- 18 - 29 June 2022
- 27 August - 7 September 2022
How to Apply
Applications for this year's Manfred-Wörner-Seminar are closed.
To apply for one of the 30 seminar places, please send the following documents to SicherheitspolitikSeminare@Bundeswehr.org by 13 March 2022:
Your completed application form,
letter of motivation,
a brief description of your professional activities,
and a recent photograph in jpg format.
After the application deadline, the Bundeswehr Centre for Public Affairs will compose the group of 30 participants from the applications received.
The application form can be downloaded from the end of the website.
As further restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic have to be expected at any time, we kindly advise you that individual programme items – and the seminar as a whole – are subject to general reservation. In all circumstances, your health and safety will always be given top priority.