International relations in transition

Two fundamental transformations in international relations are at the center of our research and teaching:

1. The shift from "government" to "global governance," from a predominantly intergovernmental order to a system in which states, international organizations, and private actors cooperate in solving problems

2. The extension of the concept of security from a concept focused on states and military conflicts to a broad "human" understanding of security, including social, economic and environmental issues.

Our goals

In analyzing international relations and global governance, we are committed to a theoretical and disciplinary pluralism that respects both traditional and critical postmodern approaches. This pluralism contributes to a multi-faceted view of global issues that breaks down orthodox views on national interests, identities, and power politics, and generates new understanding by questioning these concepts.

Another goal of the chair "International Relations" is to combine theoretical and empirical findings with practical policy advice. Important concerns include the analysis and critique of political decision-making and political action, as well as the development of innovative solutions to global problems such as security, environmental protection, international law and justice. It is explicitly recognized that political science research and teaching can never be or should be neutral in value.

Our questions

  •     How does global governance work?
  •     How important are international organizations?
  •     What role do private actors play in international relations?
  •     What are the causes of conflicts and how can they be fought?
  •     How can we explain the change in international standards?