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Roderich Kiesewetter

CDU member of the German Bundestag

Roderich Kiesewetter is since 2009 Member of the German Parliament (CDU) and former General Staff Officer of the Bundeswehr (Colonel GS, Federal Armed Forces). His professional career has involved various command and staff positions, including at the EU Council in Brussels, NATO HQ in Brussels and SHAPE, Mons, the German Federal Ministry of Defense, the position of battalion commander, and several operations abroad. From 2006 onwards he served as head of the Chief of Staff’s office (Executive Officer) at NATO Headquarters in Mons.

In 2009, he was elected to the 17th German Bundestag and reelected to times, currently to the 19th German Bundestag. Until 2013, he was serving as Deputy Chairman of the Subcommittee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Since 2014 he serves as special representative of the CDU/CSU-caucus in the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and is substitute member of the Defense Committee. Mr. Kiesewetter was until 2013 spokesman on Disarmament Arms Control and Non-Proliferation of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag.

Roderich Kiesewetter MP holds the position of Head of the German delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) and is a member of the German Delegation at the interparliamentary conference for the common foreign and security Policy (CFSP) and the common security and defence policy (CSDP) as well as founding member of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly. He was President of the German Military Reserve Association from 2011 to 2016. Kiesewetter is Speaker of the advisory council of the Federal Academy for Security Policy Council, member of the Atlantik Brücke, European Leadership Network (ELN) and the European Council on Foreign Affairs (ECFR).

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Network reflections: What should we expect from the new German security strategy?

This month, Chancellor Shultz wrote, “Germans are intent on becoming the guarantor of European security that our allies expect us to be, a bridge builder within the European Union and an advocate for multilateral solutions to global problems”. But to do so requires a “new strategic culture” in Germany’s security strategy – What shifts should we expect in the new Security Strategy and where do the main challenges lie?