HHL Expert Talk: The “Nature” of Conflicts



Online via Zoom, 4.00-5.30 pm (CEST)


June 27, 2022


Online registration:

HHL Expert Talk – Recognized Expertise on a Global Market

We look forward to welcoming Robert (Todd) Becker, former Consul General of the Leipzig Consulate General and lecturer of Salisbury University, Maryland. He will analyse the nature of conflicts from different perspectives:

  • The “nature” of conflicts
  • How people approach conflicts and how this approach may/can lead to conflict resolution
  • Rules of the game / social rules / national rules
  • Current challenges of national states / a snapshot on the current political situation in the EU/Ukraine/Russia
  • Summary and take-aways

Afterwards, we will have a Q&A session.

The talk will be held in English and is free of charge.

Robert (Todd) Becker
Former Consul General of the U.S. General Consulate in Leipzig

About our expert

Robert (Todd) Becker grew up in Washington D.C. and spent most of his life in Europe, especially in Germany and the Balkans. He continued to study German and Central European history in his master’s and doctoral studies. Between 1966 and 2000, Todd served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He worked in Athens, Greece and on the Fiji Islands, among others. He spent most of his working life in Berlin, Bonn and Munich. He was mainly concerned with the East-West conflict. In 1990, Todd was appointed Consul General for the Consulate General he reopened in Leipzig. Here, he met his wife Christa and was a co-founder of the International School of Leipzig. Todd has participated in seven international election observations organized by the OSCE, including East Germany in 1990 and West Germany in 2004 as well as in the Ukraine, Belorussia, Montenegro and Croatia. Since 2013, Todd has been giving lectures and seminars at Salisbury University in Maryland.

About our Moderator

Our Expert Talk series is moderated by Sigrid Fischer, HHL’s Director Career and Alumni Relations. Sigrid studied Journalism and Performance Psychology at Indiana University, USA, and at the University of Edinburgh, UK. As an internationally experienced relations expert and moderator, she has been enriching our series since April 2020.

HHL Expert Talk – Recognized Expertise on a Global Market

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management reacts to current developments in society and economy. The Virtual HHL Expert Talk series addresses latest and key topics in its research and its academic programs to a broad audience. The HHL Expert Talks offer an open knowledge and know-how transfer to the entire HHL community and beyond. At the moment, the series discusses the crises in the world and their impacts on society, economics, sports, and culture.
The talks are held in English.

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Photo credits:
Header photo: Pixabay, Ahmedelballal
Portrait Todd Becker: private, Robert (Todd) Becker
Portrait Sigrid Fischer: HHL, Daniel Reiche