Comparative European Foreign Policy
Publications on comparative European foreign policy (especially France, Germany, United Kingdom)
Between January 2013 and June 2016, the professorship of International Politics coordinated the German-Tunisian research project "Tunisia in Transition - International Relations". The DAAD-financed project has established a German-Tunisian, interdisciplinary young-researchers group which studies the Arab world's transformation, Tunisian foreign policy, as well as European policy in the MENA-region (Middle East and Northern Africa). In 2015, the team has prepared an edited volume on Tunisian foreign policy and Tunisia's role in the world, which has been published by Routledge.
In this comparative foreign policy research project, scientists from the post-yugoslav states work on and discuss the development of an independent foreign policy in their respective states, the position of the states vis-à-vis EU enlargement as well as reconciliation approaches after the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Furthermore, it includes the topics "creation of a security community in the Balkans" and "problems of state and nation" in the newly created countries.
The project deals with the opportunities and limitations of EU-foreign policy and aims at identifying factors that boost or prevent the development of a coherent and effective EU-foreign policy. It presupposes that the foreign policy behavior of states, just like the EU's as a collective actor, is substantially shaped by their respective "identity". Empirically, the project studies seven countries (Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy and the Netherlands), whose foreign policy behavior is compared systematically.