Main research interests
- current affairs in Germany and French-German relations
- German foreign and security policy
- France and Germany in CSDP and NATO
- Ifri Representative for the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions
- the Weimar triangle and Europe's relations with its Eastern neighbors
- Nordic countries' security policies, notably Sweden's
- Nordic-Baltic security issues
Barbara Kunz has been research fellow at CERFA since April 2015.
She holds a PhD from Stockholm University/Sweden and a Master's degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. Before joining CERFA, she spent several years working for the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (Stockholm, Sweden), Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh, Germany) and Genshagen Foundation (Genshagen close to Berlin, Berlin) respectively. Barbara moreover stayed at the Center for Transatlantic Relations/Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC as well as at the Centre for International Affairs in Warsaw as a visiting fellow.
Languages (for e.g. media requests): English, German, French, Swedish
France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...
European Security – Challenges at the Societal Level A report by the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions
Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated dramatically in recent years. The institutional foundations of cooperative security in Europe and the rules and principles they represent are rapidly disappearing.
The 2016 German White Paper. The consolidation of the “Munich consensus” and persisting questions Notes du Cerfa, No. 134, October 2016
The 2016 White Paper on security policy and the future of the Bundeswehr is testament to Berlin’s declared will to play a more active role internationally, to assume more responsibility and to provide leadership in close concertation with its partners in Europe and the world.
Recent debates in Germany about the future of the country’s security and foreign policy have aroused interest abroad, especially in France. The development of Germany’s discourse on its role on the international scene has led certain parties to hope for change in the country’s strategic...
Sweden's Nato Workaround: Swedish security and defense policy against the backdrop of Russian revisionism Focus stratégique, No. 64, November 2015
Russia’s revisionist foreign policy and military build-up has considerable security implications for the Baltic Sea region, including for Sweden.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) represents the perfect framework for discussion of pan-European security issues thanks to its unique composition - fifty-seven member states of the Euro-Atlantic sphere, including the United States and Russia. The OSCE remains...
Defending Europe? A stocktaking of French and German Visions for European Defense Etudes de l'IRSEM n° 41, September 2015
The aim of this study consists of taking stock of strategic thinking in France and Germany. More concretely, it intends to identify compatible and incompatible aspects, as well as the potential for compromise, in these national considerations on the future of CSDP and NATO. In so doing, it...
In this article our research fellow Barbara Kunz summarises the broad outlines of German foreign policy to the Swedish public.
The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription - a move backed by the country's MPs. Why is this happening? And how will it work? How does it impact regional security? And which other European countries have conscription?
The leaders of the extreme right-wing AfD party, Alternative for Germany, intend to take advantage of the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin to challenge the German Chancellors welcoming policy : 1 million refugees arrived between 2015 and 2016, they argue that in welcoming them, she...
Read the article in German here. (FAZ subscribers only).
In view of the Brexit and Donald Trump, Angela Merkel announced her candidacy for a 4th mandate to the Chancellery Sunday November 20th. What are her chances? What support can be expected from the German population and parties? Would she be a bulwark against the right-wing populist AfD?...
Primary elections of the French conservative party "Les Républicains": analysis by Barbara Kunz.
One year before the general elections and even if Angela Merkel remains a favourite, the political scene in Germany seems more fragmented than ever.
The 3rd of October is a national holiday celebrating German unity since 1990. What has the mass arrival of migrants these past years revealed about German society?
The party Alternative für Deutschland founded only three years ago against the Euro unites Germans against Berlin's open-door policy. And on the eve of new elections, more and more of those that normally don't vote are joining them.