The DuEMUN Association was proud to welcome Brigadier-General (ret.) Mr. Helmut W. Ganser as the keynote speaker at a panel discussion on the 8th of December 2008

He was available for questions from interested guests and students.
Moreover, he gave the audience an overview of the everyday business in the UN Security Council (UN´s limited capacity to act and the role of the Security Council within the global security patterns). The role of regional organizations such as OSCE and NATO was discussed as well.
Brig Gen (ret.) Helmut W. Ganser was a military advisor and Senior Officer at the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany at the United Nations in New York in the period of 1995-1999.

During his time in New York, he was involved in the process of mandating the Balkan operations after the Dayton Agreement in the Security Council. He previously worked as head of division in the Ministry of Defence, belonging to the executive staff of the armed forces in Bonn.

The retired Brigadier-General did not only gain tremendous practical experience in his career, he also demonstrated his scientific skills during his time as lecturer for security policy and strategy at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg from 1999 to 2001. Most recently, he was head of the division for military politics at the Permanent Mission of Germany to NATO in Brussels.

Prior to the keynote speaker, the graduate social scientist Jennifer Mansey presented her assessment and analysis on the “Responsibility to Protect” theory.