Fellowship Year 2021: Security and Identity

The third year of the Sylke Tempel Fellowship program (2021) focuses on the topic “Israel, Germany and the USA: Questions of Security and Identity for Policy Fit for the Future”.  Our cooperation partners are the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the European Leadership Network (ELNET), the foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik (IP) and Women in International Security (WIIS.de).  The program runs under the auspices of former Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in his role as chairman of Atlantik-Brücke e.V. and former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

In the USA, a new administration has assumed office, in Germany and Israel, elections will be held for the Bundestag and the Knesset, respectively, in 2021. In all three countries, people are facing an unknown future with concern. Not least due to the Corona crisis the need for security is great. At the same time, the yearning for orientation is growing and brings identity politics into focus. We would like to critically address questions of identity and security politics:

Which social groups shape the discourse in and between the US, Germany and Israel? Which role do demographic and regional circumstances play? What does it mean for a democracy when people define themselves primarily or exclusively by their affiliation to a certain group? How can we establish social cohesion when single groups determine the discourse? What is the impact on the internal and external security of democratic societies when the defense of one's “own” group becomes a priority? What do we mean when we speak of security? Which concepts of security predominate in Israel, Germany and the US? And what do potentially divergent security concepts mean for common global challenges?

Our fellows will address these and related questions in 2021.

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