Alumni & Friends Association

The Alumni & Friends Association of the Federal Academy for Security Policy is an association that provides ideal and material support to the academic work of the Federal Academy and contributes to building the “strategic community”. At the same time, however, the Alumni & Friends Association wants to maintain, cultivate and develop personal relations of former seminar participants at the Federal Academy for Security Policy. To this end, Alumni & Friends and the Federal Academy organize on an annual basis the all-day forum “Aktuell” on security issues that is held in connection with the general assembly.

Since 1995, the Alumni & Friends Association has invited on a rotational basis a public figure to deliver the so-called “Manfred Wörner speech” at the Federal Academy for Security Policy. This is a keynote speech about security policy, named after the former Federal Minister of Defence, Manfred Wörner. To date, the following individuals have been invited to deliver the speech:

1996 Karsten Voigt

1997 Minister of State Dr. Werner Hoyer

1998 Jörg Schönbohm (since then every two years)

2000 Federal Minister (ret.) Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer

2002 Federal Minister Rudolf Scharping (turned down because of the Erfurt massacre)

2004 with Prof. Dr. Harald Müller

2006 with Federal Minister (ret.) Christian Schwarz-Schilling

2008 with State Secretary (ret.) Prof. Lothar Rühl

2010 Christian Schmidt, Member of the Bundestag, Parliamentary State Secretary, FMOD

2012 (suspended because of the 20th anniversary of the Federal Academy for Security

 Policy, instead a speech delivered by Federal Minister (ret.) Genscher)

2014 Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executiv Director Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam

2016  Prof. Dr. Michael Stürmer, Chief Correspondent for "Die Welt"

Alternatingly, the Federal Academy confers the Karl Carstens Award. This prize is bestowed on individuals who have rendered outstanding services to communicating both a comprehensive security concept security-related contexts. Previous winners include:

1997 Gerhard Hubatschek, editor-in-chief of IAP-Dienst Sicherheitspolitik

1999 Rolf Clement, editor-in-chief at “Deutschlandfunk” (DLF) broadcasting station

2001 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leidhold, inventor of POL&IS

2003 Dr. Christine Kolmar, head of the policy department at “n-tv” German television programme

2005 Dr. Peter Scholl-Latour, publisher

2007 Helmut Markwort, editor-in-chief of FOCUS magazine

2009 Dr. Volker Perthes, SWP

2011 Paul Elmar Jöris, WDR

2013   Dr. Claus Kleber, ZDF

2015   Ambassador ret. Avi Primor

Alumni & Friends members have exclusive access to the virtual study platform of the Federal Academy for Security Policy and, thus, access to a special network and discussion forum of security actors.

You want to join Alumni & Friends? Then please send an e-mail to the secretary of Alumni & Friends, Mr. Rathjen (sekretaer-fk@baks.bund.de) – or simply fill in and return the attached membership application form.