Save the Date

As announced by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in his opening address to the Berlin Forum on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems on 1 April, he will host the next conference on “Capturing Technology and Rethinking Arms Control” in November. You are kindly requested to save Friday 6 November as the date for this conference, which will be held at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin as a full-day event.

Our discussions in November will focus on new technologies and their implications for global security and arms control. In a mix of high-level-expert panels and interactive working sessions we look forward to exploring with you how the military use of new and emerging technologies is likely to change threat perceptions, future conflict scenarios and global power dynamics. The aim of this conference is to raise our understanding of the challenges posed both by technologies and by the emergence of new players, and to explore how effective arms control approaches can contribute to safeguarding stability and security in this new environment.

Given the intense interplay between different technologies in shaping tomorrow’s military capacities, the conference will touch on a wide range of developments in AI, biotechnologies, cyber, missile technologies, quantum computing and outer space. The conference will build on the findings of the inaugural conference in March 2019 and on the ongoing series of workshops and side-events.

“Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control” will bring together diplomats, military officials, business leaders and expert scientists from all continents in a “track 1.5.” setting at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Held during Germany’s presidency of the European Union the conference will also invite for a discussion of Europe’s future role in arms control and new technologies. A virtual meeting-format will be considered in case the global health crisis persists.

Please contact with any question you may have.

With best regards,

Rüdiger Bohn

Deputy Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control
German Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1
10117 Berlin

For information on the Berlin LAWS Forum, which was hosted on 01-02 April 2020, please access the rider „Berlin LAWS Forum“.