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Rafael Biermann, Univ.-Prof. Dr
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Room 435
Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3
07743 Jena


Jana Thierbach
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Room 436
Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3
07743 Jena

Research Focuses

  • Security Governance in Europe, esp. Balkasn and the post-Soviet space
  • Domestic, especially ethnic conflicts and secession
  • International conflict management, esp. prevention, mediation, sanctions, intervention and reconciliation
  • International governmental organizations, esp. inter-organizational relations
  • German and EU foreign policy


Dr. Carolina Rehrmann

Research and Teaching Fellows

Tim Bausch, M.A.

Steve Biedermann, M.A.

Student Assistants

You can find a list of the current Assistants here.

Profile of our work

Our research concentrates mainly on peace and conflict as well as on international organizations. Our teaching, however, is broader, covering the entire spectrum of international relations topics and world regions.  Our regional focus, though, is on Eastern EuropeWe follow five guidelines in research and teaching. First, our studies aretheory-guided while at the same time problem-driven; thus, we use theories to explain structures, actors and processes of international relations. Second, we strive for substantial empirical analysis and field work. Third, we are distinctly interdisciplinary, working closely together with neighboring disciplines, such as history, psychology, sociology and international law. Fourth, our studies are practice-oriented, seekiing to transfer our findings to politics and society. Finally, we aim at participative and innovative teaching by emploing teaching formats like simulations, reading courses, field trips or workshops.

More complete information can be found on our own websites.