Germany’s Power and Leadership

Reflecting on recent crisis in Europe as well as around the world, Dr. Felix Berenskoetter recalls the evolution of German power and influence since WWII and suggests that Germany is continuing to adapt to its new leadership position to satisfy its responsibilities and meet new challenges.

December 15, 2015
The views expressed are those of the author(s) alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

Felix Berenskötter

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS, University of London

Felix Berenskötter is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. He specializes in international theory; concepts of friendship, identity, power, security, peace, space and time; European security and transatlantic relations. Following his undergraduate studies in Hamburg, Felix received a Masters Degree from Rutgers University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining SOAS in 2009, he was a Research Associate at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and a Research Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College. Felix is currently Associate Editor of the ‘Journal of Global Security Studies’ (Oxford University Press) and co-convenor of the ‘Interpretivism in International Relations’ Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA). He authored a number of articles and is co-editor of “Power in World Politics” (Routledge, 2007) and “Concepts in World Politics” (Sage, 2016). From September 2017 he holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to write a book on friendship and estrangement in transatlantic relations.

He is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).