Gunther Hellmann

Goethe-University, Frankfurt

Programs: Foreign & Security PolicyRegions: Europe & Eurasia, GermanyCategory: Analysis

Gunther Hellmann is Professor of Political Science at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main and Adjunct Professor at the Bologna Center of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is a Principal Investigator and Member of the Board of Directors of the Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence “Formation of Normative Orders.” In 2012 he will serve as the “Harris Distinguished Visiting Professor” at Dartmouth College. His research interests are in the fields of foreign policy analysis, esp. German and European foreign policy; international security, esp. transatlantic and European security; and international relations theory.

His recent publications include “International Relations as a Field of Studies”, in: Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Leonardo Morlino (Eds.): International Encyclopedia of Political Science, London: Sage Publication 2011; Ed. “The Forum: Pragmatism and International Relations”, International Studies Review 11:3 (2009), 638-662; Ed. “Special Section” on “IR Theory and (German) Foreign Policy”, Journal of International Relations and Development 12:3 (2009); Die Semantik der neuen deutschen Außenpolitik. Eine Analyse des außenpolitischen Vokabulars seit Mitte der 1980er Jahre, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2008 (Ed. with Christian Weber/Frank Sauer); “Inevitable Decline versus Predestined Stability: Disciplinary Explanations of the Evolving Transatlantic Order”, in: Anderson, Jeffrey/Ikenberry G. John/Risse, Thomas (Eds.), The End of the West? Crisis and Chance in the Atlantic Order, Ithaca: Cornell University Press 2008, 28-52; Handbuch zur deutschen Außenpolitik, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2007 (Ed., with Siegmar Schmidt/Reinhard Wolf); Ed., De-Europeanization by Default. Germany’s EU-Policy in Defence and Asylum, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan 2006.

Recent Content


Zwischen Gestaltungsmacht und Hegemoniefalle: Zur neuesten Debatte über eine “neue deutsche Außenpolitik”

In his recent essay, AGI Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann examines the latest debate over a “new German foreign policy.” Whereas ten years ago Germany described its foreign policy role as …

Germany’s World: Power and Followership in a Crisis-Ridden Europe

In his recent essay in Global Affairs, AGI Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann explores how Germany, given its central role in Europe and the EU, looks at its environment and how …

Détente without Illusions

The debate in Germany about policy toward Russia is generating a critical mass of competing perspectives and prescriptions. It may be one of the more important foreign-policy arguments at a …

Prof. Hellmann Examines the Clash Between Germany and Russia

AGI Non-Resident Fellow Prof. Gunther Hellmann examines the clash between Germany and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis in the framework of Germany’s understanding of itself as a twenty-first century power–Gestaltungsmacht–versus …

Reflexive Security Policy as an Anti-Hegemonic Recipe

In his recent research article, AGI Non-Resident Fellow Gunther Hellmann analyzes the long-debated struggle that is Germany as a growing regional power with internal and external voices both seeking and …

Germany’s Military Future

In this recent piece from Gunther Hellmann–Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and former AGI Fellow–entitled “Mali, the Bundeswehr and Germany Passing Passion for “Talk,” which originally appeared with the …

Berlin, Great Power Politics and Libya

As the battle for Libya rages on, AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Prof. Gunther Hellmann looks back on Germany’s decision to abstain from the UN Security Council vote to intervene in the rebellion in his essay “Berlin, Great Power Politics and Libya” from the Autumn/Fall issue of WeltTrends. He examines what effect this decision has truly had for Germany in the eyes of its Western allies.

A Status-Conscious Germany Between Adolescence and Retirement: Foreign Policy Commemorations on the 60th Anniversary of the Federal Republic

In this AICGS Transatlantic Perspectives essay, Senior Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Gunther Hellmann, Professor of Political Science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, examines how Germany’s drive for equal status influenced its foreign policy over the past sixty years. Dr. Hellmann suggests that Germany has ‘grown up’ in its foreign policy practice, even if it continues to intensify the practice of limited solidarity with its allies.