www.europeanideas.eu presents: A speech held at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna about the 'normalisation' of German foreign policy and the future of Europe's national interest by Gunther Hellmann.
Gunther Hellmann (born 1960) is Professor of Political Science. He specializes in International Relations. His research interests and teaching are in the fields of German foreign policy, European and transatlantic security relations and theory of international relations, in particular pragmatism.
After finishing school and completing his military service in 1979, he studied Political Science, History and Philosophy at universities in Freiburg, Munich and Washington D.C.. After a year-long internship with Catholic Relief Services in Cairo/Egypt he began his doctoral studies at the Free University of Berlin. In 1987/88 he was appointed pre-doctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. From 1989 to 1993 he worked as a Research Associate and Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin. He finished his PhD thesis on American-Sowjet rivalry and cooperation in regional conflicts in 1991. In 1993, he took up an Assistant Professorship at Darmstadt University of Technology, in 1999 he was appointed to his current position at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. From January 2000 until October 2001 he directed the research group "International Organizations" at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Between 2000 and 2006, he was one of the chairs of the International Relations Section of the German Association of Political Science, the professional organization of German political scientists. Since 2002, he is one of the publishers of Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB), the premier German IR-journal, as well as co-editor of the refereed IR book series "Internationale Beziehungen" and "Weltpolitik im 21. Jahrhundert". Since 2007 he is a Principal Investigator in the context of the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders" as well as coordinator of the Research Area "Transnational Justice, Democracy and Peace". In the academic year he holds a guest professorship ("Steven Muller Chair in German Studies") at SAIS Bologna Center at the Johns Hopkins University.