As a skilled politician, Boris Pistorius, the recently appointed defense minister, is taking on a massive role in the middle of the most tumultuous conflict of the decade. However, with Ukraine in a state of war, Chancellor Olaf Scholz may be taking an unnecessary risk by placing him on the international stage.

On Tuesday, Lower Saxony welcomed the appointment of Boris Pistorius as Germany’s new defense minister. Upon taking the oath of office, Germany’s recently appointed defense minister is set to meet with the US defense secretary. Afterward, he will be representing the German military at a gathering with other European countries to make crucial judgments concerning the Ukrainian conflict.

The initial seven days of office for a political representative with no prior knowledge of international or nationwide affairs would be a difficult challenge, especially if they are only accustomed to local politics.

The upcoming platform that Boris Pistorius will be encountering is the stage he must face.

Having been lauded for his nine-year tenure heading the Lower Saxony interior ministry, Pistorius has no prior experience in international relations or worldwide security. This transition could be equally startling to Germany’s partners.

Very few details are known of his opinions concerning the significant issues of the time, from the expenditures for NATO to his perspective on Germany’s long-term strategy toward Russia.

Uwe Jun, a political scientist from the University of Trier specializing in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats, the major party in Germany’s coalition government, remarked that everyone was paying close attention while the new leader was being “thrown into the deep end” without delay.

Jun expressed his surprise over the Chancellor’s appointment of Pistorius, a veteran member of the Social Democrats, to a high-ranking role.