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Defending Liberty in Troubled Times Lessons from the July 20 Plot on Hitler's Life for the 21st Century

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As the world grapples to deal with the polarization of political policies and ideologies, what can nations do to inform and promote effective foreign relations that actively recognises threats to democracy and reduces conflict before it is too late?

On July 20, 1944, a group of German army officers including Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The plot codenamed Operation Valkyrie failed but gave birth to the modern resistance movement in Germany.

Join us as we discuss with historians, policy commentators and Count Stauffenberg’s son, the lessons and legacy of this world event for our international relations 75 years on and the challenges for policy-makers and their advisers.


Franz-Ludwig Count Stauffenberg
Former Member of the Bundestag (German Parliament) and the European Parliament (MEP)

Professor Ulrich Schlie
Former Chair in Diplomacy, Andrassy University, Budapest; Board Member, July 20th Memorial Foundation; Former Political Director and Head of Planing, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

Professor Thomas Weber
Professor of History and International Affairs and Director, Center for Global Security and Governance, University of Aberdeen

Moderated by:

Stephen Collinson
Senior Reporter, CNN

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