International Relations


The relevance of scholarly analyses of international relations is growing in a world of global interdependence. There are only few political issue areas which are unrelated to the international world. On the graduate level, the chair for International Relations is offering courses which provide students with the basic theoretical and methodological skills to understand and analyze international developments. On the postgraduate level, students will have the opportunity to learn how to analyze existing problems of international relations. Special emphasis is laid on approaches that allow to better understand the complexities of international relations and to develop tools and methods that will help to analyze critical subjects in a policy-relevant manner.

Great emphasis is given to the doctoral level. Most doctoral students work on issues concerning peace and security. The chair for International Relations is one of the very few in Germany where dissertations are being supervised dealing with strategic issues, such as defence and security policy, terrorism, arms control, assessment of strategic trends, analysis of regional conflicts, global strategic change, etc. In this field, the chair for International Relations is working in close cooperation with other centres of strategic research (think tanks, universities) in Europe, North America and Asia.

Research activities are focused on the following areas:

  • International order seen from theoretical and policy perspectives
  • Theoretical aspects of analyzing global trends
  • Theories of deterrence and security
  • US foreign- and defence policy
  • Maritime security
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Reconstruction (peace building) of states destroyed by civil wars or international war
  • Multilateralism and international organizations
  • Conceptual aspects of German foreign- and security policy