International Relations/
Peace and Conflict Research

Welcome to the website of the International Relations and Peace and Conflict Research Cluster at the University of Tübingen.


Since the 1970s, the cluster has developed into a major research centre in Germany and beyond. At present, it is centered around the Chairs of Thomas Diez and Andreas Hasenclever. On our pages, you will find the most important information about our work as well as up-to-date news, information about our publications as well as online papers.

Should you be unable to find what you are looking for, or have any further questions, you can contact us by sending an email to ipol[at]

Interview with Andreas Hasenclever in ZDF

On June 2, 2017 Andreas Hasenclever gave an interview to the ZDF program "Heute Plus" on the topic "Wars in the name of God? Religion as a motivator of violence" (interview in German).

58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association

Thomas Diez, Bettina Ahrens and Franziskus von Lucke participated at the 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association on "Understanding Change in World Politics", which took place from 22nd to 25th of February 2017 in Baltimore. See our newspage for more information.

European Studies Reading Group on "Normative Power Europe"

On Feburary 15, 2017 Thomas Diez guided a session of the European Studies Reading Group on "Interrogating Normative Power Europe" at the University of Cambridge.

Guest Lecture on EU Foreign Policy in Coimbra

On October 21, 2016 Thomas Diez gave a guest lecture "The End of Normative Power Europe? On the Tragedy of EU Foreign Policy" at the University of Coimbra.

Thomas Diez discusses the EU politics

Thomas Diez contributed to the SAGE Politics & International Relations Video Collection with a discussion of the European Union politics.

See our newspage for more information.

Panel Discussion with Thomas Diez on the EU and its borderlands

On June 21, 2016 Thomas Diez participated in a panel discussion "The EU, its borderlands and beyond" at the "Borderlands: Boundaries, Governance and Power in the European Union’s Relations with North Africa and the Middle East" conference.

Regional Solutions for Regional Conflicts? The EU, China and their Respective Neighbourhoods

On June 18, 2016 Thomas Diez presented a paper on "Regional Solutions for Regional Conflicts? The EU, China and their Respective Neighbourhoods" co-authored by himself, Eva Scherwitz and See Seng Tan at the 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union in Trento. See more details on the newspage.

Regions in Crisis – ASEAN and the EU

From 2 to 3 June 2016 Thomas Diez hosted a Joint Workshop of the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the University of Tübingen.

Continue reading at our newspage.

300 scholars participated in the European Workshops of International Studies (EWIS) from 6 to 8 April.

EWIS are the second large annual event hosted by the European International Studies Association (EISA). From 2015 to 2017 Thomas Diez is the president of EISA.- Please read the report at our newspage.

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Book review by Hanna Mühlenhoff in Global Affairs

Hanna Mühlenhoff's review of Stefan Borg's "European Integration and the Problem of the State" has been published in the journal Global Affairs. 



Nathalie Tocci joins IfP as Honorary Professor

Nathalie Tocci who is currently coordinating the development of a new European security strategy and is special advisor to EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has joined the IfP as an Honorary Professor.   

Panel Debate with Thomas Diez on the European Neighbourhood Policy

On the 4th of December 2015, Thomas Diez participated in a panel debate on the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy together with Michelle Pace, Ian Manners und Christian Danielsson at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).

Special Issue on 'Framing Political Violence'

The journal 'Civil Wars' has published a special issue on 'Framing Political Violence' edited by Tanja Granzow, Andreas Hasenclever and Jan Sändig. Its contributions are based on an international workshop organised by the University of Tuebingen's Collaborative Research Centre on 'Threatened Orders' in September 2013. 

Andreas Hasenclever appointed to the German-Israeli Project Cooperation programme's committee

Andreas Hasenclever was appointed to the committee of the German-Israeli Cooperation programme. The programme funds several projects a year from different disciplines with up to 1,6 million euro for a duration of five years.

Workshop on "Alliances and Trust-building" in Tübingen

A workshop on "Alliances and Trust-building in International Politics" funded by the DSF will take place in Tuebingen from 22nd to 24th of February 2016.

Interview with Thomas Diez in Südwest Presse

Thomas Diez was interviewed on US foreign policy under Barack Obama and the 2016 presidential elections by Südwest Presse



Thomas Diez was elected President of the International Studies Association 2015-17

EISA was founded by the Standing Group on International Relations. The organisation's activities cover a wide range of events, from pan-European conferences twice a year to European workshops on International Studies (WDVS), summer schools for PhD students, Exploratory Symposia (ES) and Young Researchers' Workshops (YRW).  

Roundtable on Cyprus: On the way to unification?

On July 14, 2015  Constantinos Adamides (University of Nicosia) and Ahmet Sözen (Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta) will talk about their involvement in efforts to solve the Cyprus conflict, and discuss prospects for resolution at a critical juncture in history.

10:00 c.t.
Oberschulamt, Keplerstraße 36, Seminarraum 1

Departmental Seminar: ClimaSec Presentation

On June 24th, 2015 Thomas Diez, Franz von Lucke and Zehra Wellmann will present the ClimaSec-Project "ClimaSec – The Securitisation of Climate Change: Actors, Processes and Consequences" within the departmental seminar.

University of Amsterdam: Guest lecture by Thomas Diez

On June 18th, 2015 Thomas Diez will give a talk on "Securising Climate Change" and thus present the ClimaSec-Project within the lecture series "Europe and the World" at the University of Amsterdam. Start of the event: 4.30pm.

10 years MA Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations: June 13th 2015

With the conference "Peace research degree programs - intermediaries between peace research and political practice" we want to look back at 10 years MA Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations and take the opportunity to reflect on the role of the program. All of you who are interested are welcome to attend.

Open Lecture: William E. Paterson

Professor William E. Paterson (Aston University) will discuss Germany's role in the EU in an open lecture on June 10th, 2015, titelt "Germany - the EU's reluctant hegemon?"

Start of the event: 10 am

Hörsaal 14, Neue Aula

Departmental Seminar with Birte Gippert

Birte Gippert, Visting Scholar at the Institute in the course of the academical exchange program Teach@Tübingen will present her research on June 3rd, 2015 in the departmental seminar. In her presentation she discusses "Legitimacy, Coercion and Reward Seeking: Local Compliance and Peacebuilding in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina".

Departmental Seminar: Lecture by Caroline Hughes

On May 6th, 2015 Caroline Hughes from the University of Bradford gave a guest lecture in the departmental seminar. Her talk was about "Poor People's Movements and the Political Economy of Donor Interventions in Post-Conflict States".

Interview with Andreas Hasenclever in Bayern II

Professor Andreas Hasenclever gave an interview in the Bayern II radio broadcast „Theo.Logik - Über Gott und die Welt“ on May 4th, 2015, dealing with the connection between religion and current civil wars.

Interview as a Podcast

Lecture by Thomas Diez on the securitisation of climate change

On March 30th, 2015 Thomas Diez gave a lecture on „Securitising Climate Change“ at the Syddansk Universitet in Odense.

Lecture by Thomas Diez on the EU promotion of regionalisation

Thomas Diez presented the findings of the RegioConf-Project in a lecture at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao stellte Thomas Diez on March 20th, 2015.

Lecture by Thomas Diez on "International military operations"

On March 13, 2015 Thomas Diez gave a lecture on "International military operations: How far ranges the German responsibility?" in Haus der Bildung of the VHS in Schwäbisch Hall.

Interview with Thomas Diez in Freie Presse

Thomas Diez was interviewed by the German newspaper Freie Presse about the peace summit for Ukraine in Minsk.

Tanja Aalberts: Guest lecture at departmental seminar

Tanja Aalberts (VU University Amsterdam) will give a lecture at the weekly departmental seminar on January 14th, 2015 at 4 pm. The title of her lecture is "Sovereignty at Sea: The law and politics of saving lives at mare liberum".

Radio broadcasting interview with Andreas Hasenclever

On November 17th, Andreas Hasenclever was interviewd on recent conflicts in the world in the German radio show "SWR1 Der Abend". The show is available in the podcast archive of SWR1.

Meeting with German Minister of Foreign Affairs

Kilian Spandler won an essay competition on German foreign policy. The prize was a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Berlin. The essay by Kilian Spandler and Hanna Pfeifer is available online.

Interview with Thomas Diez in Handelsblatt

Thomas Diez was interviewed by German newspaper Handelsblatt about the military foreign policy of Germany. 

Interview with Andreas Hasenclever on current conflicts

On September 11th, German newspaper "Schwäbische Tagblatt" has published an interview with Professor Andreas Hasenclever on current crises.

German-Tunisian simulation seminar a success

You can find a report on the seminar here

Karim Knio lecture on Hezbollah

Karim Knio, Phd (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague) will give a lecture at the last departmental seminar of this semester on July 16th, 2014 at 4 pm. The title of his lecture is "Structure, Agency and Hezbollah: A morphogenetic view".

Open Lecture by Vivien Schmidt

The open lecture on ‘Speaking to the Markets or to the People? A Discursive Institutionalist Analysis of the EU’s Sovereign Debt Crisis’ by Vivien Schmidt (Boston University) will be held on 7 July 2014, 18h, in room 124. All welcome!

Article by Zehra Wellmann on climate policy in Turkey

An article by Zehra Wellmann has been published by online Turkish magazines "Stargazete/Ege" and "Cumhuriyet", respectively. Click here for German version.

Thomas Diez on EU foreign policy

On May 22nd, 2014, local newspaper "Schwäbisches Tagblatt" published an interview with Thomas Diez on the foreign policy of the European Union.

New article by Hanna Mühlenhoff

Hanna Mühlenhoff's article "Der Geist von Gezi" has been published in bpb:magazin 1/2014. The report deals with the demonstrations in Turkey and their impact on civil society.

Interview with Thomas Diez

Thomas Diez has been interviewd by Italian think tank "Instituto Affari Internazionali" about the EU, regional integration and conflict prevention. The interview is available on YouTube

Award for former master student

Alumnus Nina Grellmann will receive the "Nachwuchsförderpreis 2014" by German Think Tank AfK for her Master thesis"The Banking Sector - financing or preventing conflict? Integrating conflict prevention into bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)".

New publications Hasenclever

Andreas Hasenclever, Philipp Brugger and Lukas Kasten recently pubslished two articles in the Journal "International Negotiation" and in the "Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen".

Article by Hanna Mühlenhoff

The newspaper "Der Freitag" published an article by Hanna Mühlenhoff about Turkish President Abdullah Gül and the Turkish oppostion.

Thomasd Diez joins Editorial Board

Thomas Diez joined the Editorial Board of the "International Studies Quarterly" journal.

Thomas Diez Interview

On November 26th, 2013, Thomas Diez talked about the relationship between Egypt and Turkey on Radio Voice of Russia.

Voice of Russia interviewed Thomas Diez

On 17/09/2013, Thomas Diez was interviewed by Radio Voice of Russia on „Germany: stability and continuity“.

New publication

Thomas Diez (2013) ‘Not quite “sui generis enough”: interrogation European values’, in: Richard McMahon (ed.) Post-identity? Culture and European integration.

News in press review

Hanna Mühlenhoffs article "Türkei: Manche bezahlen mit dem Leben" was published on 4th of July in the newspaper "der Freitag".