International dynamics of reunified Germany (Lecture)

From 02.07.2021 13:00 to 02.07.2021 14:30 (your local time)
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The multi-level negotiations within the context of the 2+4 talks and bilateral meetings, which eventually led to German Reunification in 1990, stand for one of the most eventful periods in the foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Even today it seems surprising that the United Kingdom and particularly the Soviet Union abandoned their initial resistance and pro-actively paved the way for the realization of reunification, which was achieved within less than a year of the fall of the Berlin Wall. However, the foreign policy challenges did not end on 3 October 1990. Since then the reunified German has seen itself being confronted with growing international expectations regarding the “Berlin Republic’s” regional and global role as a power that would make a strong contribution to the shaping and management of the post-Cold War international order.

The first part of the module provides an overview of the international dynamics during the process of reunification. In the second part, participants will work in small groups on various issues in German foreign policy since 1990. The concluding part deals with the current and future challenges of Germany’s regional and global role.

Required Literature

Additional Readings:

Klaus Brummer and Kai Oppermann (2016). Germany’s Foreign Policy after the End of the Cold War: “Becoming Normal?” Oxford Handbooks online,

Rainer Hillebrand (2019). Germany and the New Global Order: The Country’s Power Resources Reassessed,

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About the lecturer

Prof. Jörn Dosch has been the chair holder of the department of International Politics and Development cooperation at the University of Rostock since 2013. Further, he is vice dean of the department of economics and social sciences. After his studies of political science and first work experiences in Mainz, he worked as a professor of Asian Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds in Great Britain for 11 years and after that as a professor for international relations and development cooperation at the Monash University in Kuala Lumpur for two years. Prof. Dosch is working and researching on the international relations of the Asian-Pacific region, regional integration, and the foreign politics and cooperation of Germany, Europe, and the USA.


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