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Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt

Kuehnhardt, Ludger  

Professor Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt has been Director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and Professor of Political Science at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn since 1997. Professor Kühnhardt's research focuses on European integration, the global role of Europe, comparative research on regional groupings worldwide as well as on topics of political theory and philosophy.

Kühnhardt started a journalistic career which included extensive study tours through Asia and Africa. He worked for print media and radio stations and was author of several documentary films for German television. In 1977 he received the German Catholic Journalist Award. He studied history, political science and philosophy in Bonn, Geneva, Harvard and Tokyo. He received his PhD in 1983 and his “habilitation” in 1986, both times specializing in political science at the University of Bonn. Between 1985 and 1987 Kühnhardt was research assistant for Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Karl Dietrich Bracher at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Bonn. From 1987 to 1989 he worked as speechwriter for the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Richard von Weizsäcker.

Kühnhardt was chair for Political Science at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg between 1991 and 1997, serving as Dean of the Philosophical Faculty in 1994/95. He was Visiting Professor at prestigious universities ( Capetown, Jena, College of Europe, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Seoul National University, St.Antony’s College Oxford, Canterbury University Christchurch, Tongji University Shanghai), lectures regularly across Europe (Graduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) of the Catholic University Milan, Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Mediterranean Academic of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) Malta) and was a visiting research scholar in Europe and in the United States (St Antony's College Oxford, Institute for Human Science Vienna,  Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Washington D.C.) The Woodrow Wilson Center appointed him as one of its Global Fellows. In 2004 he was awarded the European Science Prize of the European Cultural Foundation.

Kühnhardt serves on several academic and consultative boards (Goerres Society, Collegium Europaeum Jenense, Institute of International Relations Warsaw, Commission for Societal and Social Questions of the German Bishops' Conference, European Studies in Asia of the Asia-Europe Foundation Singapore, West African Institute Praia, European Humanities University Vilnius).  After German unification, he has been actively involved in the German Christian Democratic Union's Program Commission. He was a member of the Europe-wide Independent Commission for the Comprehensive Review of the Institutions and Procedures of the Union (ICRI) and of the Steering Committee of the German-British Koenigswinter Conference. He advised several governments of EU candidate countries in Central and Southeastern Europe and the Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre (BRIE) in Rousse (Bulgaria). Kühnhardt is member of the editorial board of several international journals in the field of political science.

Ludger Kühnhardt was born in 1958. He is married and father of two children.

Publications

In addition to numerous scientific articles, book reviews and media contributions, Professor Kühnhardt is author of the following books:

 

Monographs

26. Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives and Partners, Washington D.C./Baltimore, 2014

25. Europa: Innere Verfassung und Wende zur Welt. Standortbestimmung der Europäischen Union, Baden-Baden 2010

24. Region-Building, Vol. I: The Global Proliferation of Regional Integration, Oxford / New York 2010

23. European Union - The Second Founding. The Changing Rationale of European Integration, Baden-Baden 2008 (2. extended edition 2010)

22. Erweiterung und Vertiefung. Die Europäische Union im Neubeginn, Baden-Baden 2005

21. Constituting Europe. Identity, Institution-Building And The Search For A Global Role, Baden-Baden 2003

20. Contrasting Transatlantic Interpretations. The EU and the US Towards a Common Global Role, Stockholm 2003

19. Atlantik-Brücke. Fünfzig Jahre deutsch-amerikanische Partnerschaft, Berlin 2002

18. Die Europäische Union – Fragen zur Erweiterung, Berlin 2001 (third Edition 2003)

17. Von Deutschland nach Europa. Geistiger Zusammenhalt und außenpolitischer Kontext, Baden-Baden 2000

16. Zukunftsdenker. Bewährte Ideen politischer Ordnung für das dritte Jahrtausend, Baden-Baden 1999

15. Beyond divisions and after. Essays on democracy, the Germans and Europe, Frankfurt/New York 1996

14. Von der ewigen Suche nach Frieden. Immanuel Kants Vision und Europas Wirklichkeit, Bonn 1996

13. Mitten im Umbruch. Historisch-politische Annäherungen an Zeitfragen, Bonn 1995

12. Jeder für sich und alle gegen alle. Zustand und Zukunft des Gemeinsinns, Freiburg 1994

11. Revolutionszeiten. Das Umbruchjahr 1989 im geschichtlichen Zusammenhang, Munich 1994 (Turkish translation 2002)

10. Ideals and Interests in Recent German Foreign Policy, Washington D.C. 1993 (German Historical Institute)

9. Europäische Union und föderale Idee. Europapolitik in der Umbruchzeit, Munich 1993

8. Stufen der Souveränität. Staatsverständnis und Selbstbestimmung in der „Dritten Welt“, Bonn-Berlin 1992

7. Wege in die Demokratie. Beiträge aus der Politischen Wissenschaft, Jena/Erlangen 1992

6. Die Universalität der Menschenrechte. Studie zur ideengeschichtlichen Bestimmung eines politischen Schlüsselbegriffs, Munich 1987

5. Die Flüchtlingsfrage als Weltordnungsproblem. Massenzwangswanderungen in Geschichte und Politik, Vienna 1984

4. The land of 500.000 villages, Trichur (India) 1982

3. Kinder des Wohlstands. Auf der Suche nach dem verlorenen Sinn, Munich 1981

2. Die deutschen Parteien und die Entwicklungspolitik, Hannover 1980

1. Christliche Soziallehre konkret, Munich 1977 

Co-author, editor and co-editor

15. Region-Building, Vol. II: Regional Integration in the World: Documents, Oxford / New York 2010

14. The Reunification of Europe. Anti-Totalitarian Courage and Political Renewal, Brussels 2009 (Polish, Czech, Romanian, Slovenian, French translations 2009)

13. Crises in European Integration. Challenges and Responses, 1945-2005, Oxford / New York 2009 (paperback 2011)

12. (with Michael Gehler, Günther Bischof and Rolf Steininger), Towards a European Constitution. A Historical and Political Comparison with the United States, Vienna / Cologne / Weimar 2005

11. (with Marcus Höreth and Cordula Janowski) Die Europäische Verfassung. Analyse und Bewertung ihrer Strukturentscheidungen, Baden-Baden 2005

10. (with Mamoru Takayama) Menschenrechte, Kulturen und Gewalt. Ansätze einer interkulturellen Ethik, Baden-Baden 2005

9. (with Hüseyin Bagci and Jackson Janes) Parameters of Partnership: Turkey, Europe and the United States, Baden-Baden 1999

8. (with Michael Rutz) Die Wiederentdeckung Europas. Ein Gang durch Geschichte und Gegenwart. Stuttgart 1999

7. (with Alexander Tschubarjan) Rußland und Deutschland auf dem Weg zum antitotalitären Konsens, Baden-Baden 1999 (Russian translation 2000)

6. (with Dario Valcárcel) Spanien und Deutschland als EU-Partner, Baden-Baden 1999 (Spanish translation 2000)

5. (with Hans-Gert Pöttering) Kontinent Europa. Kern, Übergänge, Grenzen, Zurich 1998 (Czech translation 2000)

4. (with Gerd Leutenecker, Martin Rupps and Frank Waltmann) Die doppelte deutsche Diktaturerfahrung. Drittes Reich und DDR - ein historisch-politikwissenschaftlicher Vergleich, Frankfurt 1994 (second Edition 1996)

3. (with Hans-Gert Pöttering) Weltpartner Europäische Union, Zurich 1994; Europäische Union und föderale Idee, Munich 1993

2. (with Hans-Peter Schwarz) Zwölf Nachbarn - ein Europa. Deutschland und die europäische Zukunft aus der Sicht der Diplomaten umliegender Länder, Bonn-Berlin 1991

1. (with Hans-Gert Pöttering) Europas vereinigte Staaten. Annäherungen an Werte und Ziele, Zurich 1991

Since 1998, Kühnhardt has been editor of the " Schriftenreihe des Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung (ZEI)", published by Nomos-Verlag Baden-Baden, and of the ZEI Discussion Paper.

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