Former Research Fellow at the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations Cerfa
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
Barbara Kunz was a research fellow at Cerfa from April 2015 to July 2019. She holds a PhD from Stockholm University/Sweden and a Master's degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. She is a Member of the steering committee OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions.
Prior to 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 Kunz was a visiting fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations/Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC as well as at the Centre for International Affairs in Warsaw.
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.
After the end of the end of History What Europe should learn from the Ukraine crisis for its foreign relations. Four lessons and a ceterum censeo.
This paper intends to take a step back from current developments in Ukraine in order to analyze the lessons Europeans ought to draw from the crisis that caught many by surprise. Whether the Ukrainian crisis really turns out to be a »game changer« in a structural sense remains to be seen,...
Germany's Unnecessary Hegemony Berlin's Seeking of ‘Tranquility, Profit and Power’ in the Absence of Systemic Constraints
Based on the realist theory of international relations, this article analyses whether Germany has any incentives to seek (regional) hegemony. It concludes that under the current systemic circumstances – in which the country's survival is ensured by the United States – Germany has no reason to...
"Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations : Europe's nationalists welcome the "slap" for Merkel.
On Sunday Angela Merkel experienced yet another electoral setback in the regional elections. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the chancellor’s conservative party was overtaken by the AfD.
The Chancelor's party listed third behind the new populist party AfD in the North East of Germany.
As Germany agrees a plan with Turkey to ease the refugee crisis, political analyst Barbara Kunz says both migration and integration are the major issues for ordinary Germans, with the country at a "decisive turning point in its history". She spoke with RFI's Sarah Elzas....
When the German Parliament set aside its objections and voted on Wednesday to approve a bailout for Greece, the chief proponent was both an architect of the deal and one of those raising fundamental questions about it: Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.