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
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.
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...
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...