Sign Up


Ludger Kühnhardt

Director of the Center for European Integration Studies

Ludger Kühnhardt is a professor of political science and director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn, Germany, positions he has held since 1997. Before that, he taught at Freiburg University, where he was also dean of the faculty.

From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Kühnhardt served as speechwriter on the staff of German Federal President Richard von Weizscker. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town, the College of Europe, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Seoul National University and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Mr. Kühnhardt has served as a consultant or adviser to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the President of the European Parliament and the ECOWAS Parliament. He is a member of the Advisory Board for European Affairs of the German Catholic Bishop’s Conference and serves on the board of several academic journals in Korea, Turkey and Croatia. In 2004 he was awarded the European Science Prize of the European Cultural Foundation.

His most recent books include “Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners” (2014), “Region-Building. The Global Proliferation of Regional Integration” (2010), and “Crises in European Integration: Challenges and Responses, 1945-2005” (2009).

Articles by Ludger Kühnhardt

After Brexit: Will the UK Now Lose the Falkland Islands?

Boris Johnson faces new challenges to British sovereignty, as global power shifts, tiny yet relevant, have returned in the aftermath of Brexit.

December 28, 2020

Managing the Forces of European Populism

Voters must stop expecting easy solutions from politicians. And politicians must stop pretending they have them.

July 19, 2016

The World’s New Thirty Years War

How to shape a coherent long-term Western strategy for the age of new global violence.

November 16, 2014

Not Cold War II, But Toward World War III?

Putin is not the only problematic character on the global stage.

November 15, 2014

Ukraine: Survival as a Human Right

Ahead of a decisive winter, Ukraine faces a difficult battle without strong support from the West.

October 7, 2014

The Achilles Heel of the West

Tolerance is no purpose in itself, but a precondition for reconciling truth and liberty.

September 28, 2014

The Atlantic Civilization and Its Enemies

Squeezed between a self-destructive Russia and Arab world, Western nations need to focus on their roots.

September 25, 2014

Africa as a Global Test Case

Has the time for a new global approach to Africa finally arrived?

June 21, 2014

Counterpoint: Germany’s Exit from History?

Is Germany burying its head in the sand when confronted with the headwinds of the real world?

June 14, 2011

A Call for the United States to Rediscover Its Ideals

What can George Washington and Elvis Presley teach U.S. policymakers about the value of modesty as a tool of powerful multilateralism?

May 24, 2011