Chair of War Studies

Team of the Chair
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Team of the Chair

The Association of Friends of the Chair of War Studies will again provide one full tuition scholarship for students of the MA in International War Studies covering the EU rate tuition fees at UCD.

The Association of Friends of the Chair of War Studies will provide an excellence award for the best student of our MA programmes in War and Conflict Studies and International War Studies.

Located at the Chair, moreover, are two study programmes at Master level that are unique in Germany.FAQ Both are interdisciplinary, international and practice-orientated: The MA in War and Conflict Studies is a single degree at the University of Potsdam, in which predominantly German and European students research violent phenomena in the past and the present in small groups. The MA in International War Studies is a double degree programme with University College Dublin, which offers students the possibility of forming networks in the Anglo-Saxon world of war studies and which is aimed above all at an international audience.

Both study programmes combine the ambition to explore the subject of war and conflict in the past and the present from a multitude of different professional and national perspectives. Alongside concrete armed conflicts, the interactions between war and violence, security and stability, conflict and development are hereby illuminated. Our range of courses therefore offers a broad selection from history, political science, sociology and international law: from Clausewitz to cyber wars.

The work of the Chair profits enormously from a variety of partners located both in Potsdam itself and in nearby Berlin. Among the most important academic partners are the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr (ZMSBw), the Federal Archives and the Federal Military Archives. Good working relations exist with the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS), as well as the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Bundeswehr’s own consulting agency. Think tanks, political foundations and the Berlin-based media actively support us with teaching events and internships. An exceptional relationship continues to exist with the Federal Ministry of Defence, but also with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, which approach the subject of war and conflict from very different perspectives.

The Chair’s online presence is designed to illustrate the entire thematic diversity of the work of the Chair described above. If you are interested in any aspect of our work, do not hesitate to contact us.

Call for Applications
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Wie muss sich die deutsche Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik ändern?

15.06.2022 Diskussion:

17.15 Uhr
Universität Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10
Haus 9, Raum 1.12, 14469 Potsdam

15.06.2022 Diskussion:

17.15 Uhr
Universität Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10
Haus 9, Raum 1.12, 14469 Potsdam

Diskussion mit
Botschafter Dr. Christoph Heusgen
Vorsitzender der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz
und Fellow der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Generalleutnant Alfons Mais
Inspekteur des Heeres
Hans-Peter Bartels
Präsident der Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik.
Prof. Dr. Sönke Neitzel
Inhaber der Professur für
Militärgeschichte/ Kulturgeschichte
der Gewalt der Universität Potsdam

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Ringvorlesung Krieg und Frieden im 19. Jahrhundert

11.07.2022 Sönke Neitzel: Das Kaiserreich und der Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges

(Digitale) Ringvorlesung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin am Lehrstuhl für Europäische Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts

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Ausschreibung Wilhelm-Deist-Preis für Militärgeschichte

Auch in diesem Jahr vergibt der AKM e.V. den Wilhelm-Deist-Preis für Militärgeschichte und zeichnet damit die Verfasser_innen von Abschlussarbeiten aus, die sich mit neuere Konflikt- und Gewaltgeschichte unter militärgeschichtlichen Fragestellungen auseinander setzen.

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04.05.2022: Opinion piece on Europe's role in the war in Ukraine published

ZEIT ONLINE has published a piece on the role of European Defence Policy in the war in Ukraine.
Rieck, Christian E. and Scianna, Bastian Matteo: Eine Zeitenwende braucht es auch in Brüssel, ZEIT ONLINE. (04.05.2022)

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20.04.2022

Standpoint on the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) published

Christian E. Rieck has published an opinion piece on the future role of BMZ in the "German Review of the United Nations".
Rieck, Christian E.: Für ein Ministerium für Globale Strukturpolitik, Vereinte Nationen 2/2022, S. 70. (20.04.2022)

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