Gerhard Conrad

Gerhard Conrad

International Cooperation, Conflict Resolution & Political Leadership

Speaker biography

Gerhard Conrad: No License to Kill.

Dr. Gerhard Conrad (*1954) received his doctorate in Islamic Studies, International Politics and International Law from the Friedrich Wilhelms University in Bonn in 1987 after studies in Mainz, Freiburg and Damascus.

As a reserve officer in the German Armed Forces, he completed numerous military exercises from 1981 to 2006 (last rank Lieutenant Colonel) as an expert for the Near/Middle East in the former Armed Forces Command Staff of the German Ministry of Defense.

Lecture topics Dr. Gerhard Conrad

- Why still have intelligence services? A critical look at the German security architecture and “Intelligence Culture”.
- Global risks and their consequences for Germany and Europe – Where will we be in ten years?
- Intelligence mediation between adversaries and enemies – why and how?
- International cooperation of intelligence services – sense, possibilities and limits
- “Why do they hate us?” On the origins, forms of appearance and action, objectives and transformations of terrorist perpetrators and groups.
- No License to Kill: What distinguishes the Federal Intelligence Service from James Bond

From 1990 to 2019, Gerhard Conrad was a civil servant in the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), where he performed a variety of tasks in analysis and operations in the Near/Middle East, including as a mediator in humanitarian affairs between Israel, Hizballah, and also Hamas, and from 2006 to 2008 also on personal assignment for UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban-ki Moon. As head of the BND management staff for Presidents Ernst Uhrlau and Gerhard Schindler, as well as the Service’s representative in Damascus as well as in London, Gerhard Conrad was involved in numerous intelligence issues of political importance. Finally, from 2016 to 2019, Gerhard Conrad became the first German to head the multinational EU Intelligence Analysis and Situation Center (EU INTCEN) in Brussels.

In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Conrad received the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon in 2008.

Dr. Conrad is currently Visiting Professor for Intelligence Studies at King’s College London and also teaches at the Hochschule des Bundes für Verwaltung, Berlin, in the master’s program “Intelligence and Security Studies (MISS)” as well as at the Paris University Sciences Po. In national and international publications, he deals primarily with questions of European intelligence cooperation and the German security architecture.

Accordingly, Dr. Gerhard Conrad is also involved as a member of the board of the Gesprächskreis Nachrichtendienste in Deutschland e.V. (Discussion Group Intelligence Services in Germany). ( in political consulting on security policy and intelligence issues.



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