Süddeutsche Zeitung Includes “The Politics of Military Force” among its Best Books of the Year 2022

I’m delighted to share that Süddeutsche Zeitung has included my book The Politics of Military Force: Antimilitarism, Ideational Change, and Post-Cold War German Security Discourse among its “Books of the Year” 2022. The book examines the dynamics of discursive change that made participation in military operations possible against the background of German antimilitarist culture. Once …

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Paper on Trumpism and the Future of US Democracy Accepted for Publication

I am happy to share that my paper “If You’re Not Scared, You Haven’t Been Paying Attention: Trump, the Radicalization of the GOP, and the Future of US Democracy” (in German) has been accepted by the Austrian Journal of Political Science (ÖZP) for publication. The article discusses the future of US democracy after the end …

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German Foundation for Peace Research Funds Project on “Gender in German Peace and Security Policy”

Beginning in September 2022, the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) will fund my project on “Gender in German Peace and Security Policy” for 2,5 years. Gender constructions – understood as socially/discursively produced conceptions of masculinity and femininity – play an important role in foreign policy and international politics. Social constructions of subjects (e.g., political …

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Article in Kiel University’s Research Magazine on Project KNOWPRO

The newest issue of “Unizeit,” Kiel University’s research magazine, features a detailed (German-language) article on our new project on “Knowledge Production in German Peace and Security Policy”, a collaboration with the University of Bremen and the University of Erfurt. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The article is …

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New Podcast on the “Zeitenwende”

Listen to the new Duck of Minerva “Duckcalls” podcast, in wich Dr. Georg Löfflmann (University of Warwick) and I talk Ukraine war, Zeitenwende in German security policy, German chancellor Olaf Scholz’s communication style and the moral rot among German intellectuals, among other things, with host Jarrod Hayes (UMass, Lowell). https://duckofminerva.podbean.com/e/duck-events-podcast-zeitenwende-german-foreign-policy-after-ukraine/

BMBF Funds Project on “Knowledge Production in German Peace and Security Policy”

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced that it will fund the collaborative project “Knowledge Production in German Peace and Security Policy (KNOWPRO)” as part of its funding initiative to strengthen peace and conflict research, with ca. 1.5 million EUR. Focussing on Afghanistan and Somalia as case studies, the project examines …

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Article on the German Bundeswehr’s social media activities published in Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen

I am happy to announce that my article on the German Bundeswehr’s activities on social media (“Soziale Medien und die Legitimitätspolitik der Bundeswehr”) has been published in the Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen. The article discusses the social media activities of the Bundeswehr, the German Armed Forces, which so far have received only limited attention in …

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“The Politics of Military Force” reviewed in Perspectives on Politics

“The Politics of Military Force” has been reviewed as part of a Critical Dialogue with Professor Wolfgang Wagner (VU Amsterdam), in which we discuss our respective books. Here’s (the positive part of) what he had to say: “Stengel argues convincingly that the changes in German security discourse and practice are not inevitable adjustments to any …

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“The Politics of Military Force” has been cited in Tagesspiegel

“The Politics of Military Force” has been cited in today’s print edition of Der Tagesspiegel, one of Germany’s big newspapers. The op-ed by Joseph Verbovszky argues that Germany’s role was “decisive” in the shift towards nation-building in Afghanistan, part of which was, paradoxically, war-aversion. Here’s the link to the online article (that one links to …

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Article “Militarizing antimilitarism?” published open access in IFJP

My co-authored (w/ David Shim, University of Groningen) article “Militarizing antimilitarism? Exploring the gendered representation of military service in German recruitment videos on social media” has been published online in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. The article analyzes the gendered representation of military service in the German YouTube series Die Rekruten (DR) (The Recruits), …

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