Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier Gives Lecture at Freie Universität Berlin Marking the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations

Welcoming words by Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt (President FU Berlin)

Welcoming words by Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt (President FU Berlin)

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during his speech

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during his speech

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, a special event took place at Freie Universität Berlin’s Henry Ford Building to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

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Foreign Minister Steinmeier addressed challenges and successes of the United Nations as well as German foreign policy in a talk titled: “The World Goes to Pieces – What Keeps Us Together? The International Order 70 Years after the Founding of the UN.” The lecture and subsequent discussion with students were moderated by Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse, coordinator of the SFB 700. Following a welcome by University President Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, Foreign Minister Steinmeier began with a historical outline, sketching the numerous political changes that have influenced the international community since the founding of the UN. He then turned to current crises such as the conflict in Syria and the terrorist organization ISIS, and referred to contemporary global developments as an “exploratory movement” and a “struggle for control.” Discussing German foreign policy, he emphasized that the Federal Government is acting with persistence and “strategic patience” to try to open a dialog, even with difficult partners. Peace and security, he argued, can only be achieved by working together.

With more than 1,500 participants, the event was very well attended. The lecture led to an enriching and critical discussion between Freie Universität students and Minister Steinmeier. The Collaborative Research Center 700 organized an information and book stand at the lecture, where students and other attendees could inform themselves about current research on governance in areas of limited statehood.

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