Main research interests :
- French-German Defence Cooperation
- German Foreign and Security Policy
- France and Germany in CSDP and NATO
- Nordic countries' security policies, notably Sweden's
- Nordic-Baltic security issues
- Member of the steering committee OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions
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
When the German president, foreign minister, and defense minister gave speeches at the 2014 Munich Security conference—speeches now recognized as watershed moments in Germany security policy—hope began to blossom in France. Would German defense and security policy finally become “normal?” Many...
The 1970s were a decade of anti-war movements. Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his détente policy toward the Eastern Bloc – and West German defense spending peaked at 3.13 percent of GDP in 1975. Clearly, those days are long gone.
In light of transatlantic tensions and a deteriorated security environment, European security affairs are at the crossroads.
Mind the Gap: How France and Germany Can Spearhead Joint Foreign Policy Initiatives Now DGAPkompakt 4b, April 2018
In light of the current instability on Europe’s borders and uncertainties about the international role of the US under the administration of President Donald Trump, it is high time for Franco-German foreign policy initiatives. With the formation of a new German government, a window of...
Washington Should Help Europe Achieve 'Strategic Autonomy', Not Fight It War On The Rocks, April 12, 2018
In 2016, the European Union issued its Global Strategy, the Union’s latest foreign and security policy strategy document. The strategy “nurtures the ambition of strategic autonomy for the European Union”. American policymakers’ feelings about these aspirations are, to say the least,...
Beyond ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ Putin: Debating Russia Policies in France and Germany Visions franco-allemandes, No. 28, Ifri, January 2018
Attitudes vis-à-vis Russia expressed in the public sphere are heterogeneous, in France more so than in Germany. In both France and Germany, the general public is by and large skeptical of Vladimir Putin and his policies. The picture is more diverse in the political realm. In Germany, there ...
France, Germany, and the Quest for European Strategic Autonomy: Franco-German Defence Cooperation in A New Era Notes du Cerfa, No. 141, Ifri, December 2017
How can France and Germany contribute to reaching the goal of European strategic autonomy? This key question has been guiding the work with the present report. In the light of a more demanding security environment, but also a rare momentum for further European integration, Berlin and...
In the week following Trump’s election, Ifri published a study to identify the likely changes in U.S. foreign policy. From the outset, this election appeared as a change in the U.S.’ trajectory, with consequences on the power relations and functioning of the international system.
Kind Words, Cruise Missiles, and Everything in Between. The Use of Power Resources in U.S. Policies towards Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus 1989–2008 Soviet and Post Soviet Politics and Society (SPPS), Vol. 174
According to realist premises, the United States has an interest in remaining the world's only superpower, thus creating the need to manage and maintain unipolarity. The pursuit of this grand strategy, however, required the U.S. to adapt its various strategies to individual states. Poland,...
Nordic Countries in the Face of Russian Action in the Baltic and Kaliningrad Revue Défense Nationale, n° 802, été 2017
Nordic countries share the same perception, that Russia does not pose an immediate threat but that its actions nevertheless remain worrying.
Nicolas Sarkozy used to promote himself as a transatlanticist or anglophile French president. Emmanuel Macron seems to have taken this approach a step further. Macron appears to have taken upon France and himself the responsibility of not allowing Britain and more importantly, the United...