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International Relations

Prof. Dr. Kai Oppermann

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since October 2018
Professor for International Politics, TU Chemnitz, Germany
Professor of Politics, University of Sussex, UK
2015-2018 Reader in Politics, University of Sussex, UK

Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex, UK


Habilitation in Political Science, University of Cologne, Germany

2012-2013 Lecturer in European and German Politics, King’s College London, UK
2010-2011 Marie Curie Fellow, University of Sussex, UK

Associate Professor (Akademischer Rat a.Z.), University of Cologne, Germany

2007 PhD in Political Science, University of Cologne, Germany
2002-2007 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), University of Cologne, Germany
1995-2007 BA an MA studies in Political Science at Philipps University Marburg, University of Kent at Canterbury and Free University Berlin

Memberships and Professional Service

  • Editor, German Politics

  • International Advisory Board, British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPIR)

  • External Examiner, London School of Economics (LSE)

  • International Studies Association (ISA)

  • British International Studies Association (BISA)

  • European International Studies Association (EISA)

  • German Political Science Association (DVPW)

Research Focus

  • Theories of Foreign Policy Analysis

  • German and British Foreign and European policy

  • Failures and Mistakes in International Politics

  • Coalition Foreign Policy

  • Referendums in International Politics and European Integration

  • Special Relationships in International Politics

Selected Publications

  • Propaganda Photographs as a Tool of North Korean Public Diplomacy: An Experimental Analysis of the Kim Jong-un Effect (co-authored with Olli Hellmann), in: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Online First (2022), doi: 10.1080/09557571.2022.2065460.
  • Narratives of Digital Sovereignty in German Political Discourse (Co-authored with Daniel Lambach), in: Governance, Online First (2022), doi: 10.1111/gove.12690.
  • Photographs as Instruments of Public Diplomacy: China’s Visual Storytelling during the Covid-19 Pandemic (co-authored with Olli Hellmann), in: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 17 (2) (2022), 177-215.
  • Mapping Party Support for EU Referendums after Brexit: Results from an Expert Survey, in: Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Online First (2021), doi: 10.1080/14782804.2021.2001315.
  • Role Theory, Foreign Policy, and the Social Construction of Sovereignty: Brexit Stage Right (co-authored with Ryan Beasley und Juliet Kaarbo), in: Global Studies Quarterly, 1 (1) (2021), 1-14.
  • Clashing Traditions: German Foreign Policy in a New Era (co-authored with Jamie Gaskarth), in: International Studies Perspectives, 22 (1) (2021), 84-105.
  • Poliheuristic Theory and Germany’s (Non-)Participation in Multinational Military Interventions. The Non-compensatory Principle, Coalition Politics and Political Survival (co-authored with Klaus Brummer), in: German Politics, 30 (1) (2021), 106-121.
  • British Foreign Policy after Brexit: Losing Europe and Finding a Role (co-authored with Ryan Beasley and Juliet Kaarbo), in: International Relations, 34 (2) (2020), 133-156.
  • Narrative Genres of Brexit: The Leave Campaign and the Success of Romance (co-authored with Alexander Spencer), in: Journal of European Public Policy, 27 (5) (2020), 666-684.
  • Who Gets What in Foreign Affairs? Explaining the Allocation of Foreign Ministries in Coalition Governments (co-authored with Klaus Brummer), in: Government and Opposition, 55 (2) (2020), 241-259.
  • The Party Politics of Learning from Failure: The German Greens and the Lessons Drawn from the 2013 General Election (co-authored with Alexander Bürgin), in: Environmental Politics, 29 (4) (2020), 609-627.
  • Außenpolitikanalyse (co-authored with Klaus Brummer), 2. Aufl., München: Oldenbourg, 2019.
  • The Ontological Security of Special Relationships: The Case of Germany’s Relations with Israel Election (co-authored with Mischa Hansel), in: European Journal of International Security, 4 (1) (2019), 79-100.
  • Foreign Policy as Public Policy? Promise and Pitfalls, Manchester: Manchester University Press (i.E.) (edited with Klaus Brummer, Sebastian Harnisch and Diana Panke).
  • Political Mistakes and Policy Failures in International Relations, Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2018 (edited with Andreas Kruck and Alexander Spencer).
  • Narrating Success and Failure: Congressional Debates on the ‘Iran Nuclear Deal’ (co-authored with Alexander Spencer), in: European Journal of International Relations, 24 (2) (2018), 268-292.
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Navigating Domestic and International Expectations on German Foreign Policy, in: German Politics, 28 (3) (2019), 482-498.
  • Veto Player Approaches in Foreign Policy Analysis (co-authored with Klaus Brummer), in: Thies, Cameron (Hg.): Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2018), 807-824.
  • Telling Stories of Failure: Narrative Constructions of Foreign Policy Fiascos (co-authored with Alexander Spencer), in: Journal of European Public Policy, 23 (5) (2016), 685-701.
  • Counterfactual Reasoning in Foreign Policy Analysis: The Case of German Non-participation in the Libya Intervention of 2011 (co-authored with Mischa Hansel), in: Foreign Policy Analysis, 12 (2) (2016), 109-127.
  • Patterns of Junior Partner Influence on the Foreign Policy of Coalition Governments (co-authored with Klaus Brummer), in: British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 16 (4) (2014), 555-571.
  • Delineating the Scope Conditions of the Poliheuristic Theory of Foreign Policy Decision Making: The Noncompensatory Principle and the Domestic Salience of Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, 10 (1) (2014), 23-41.
  • The Politics of Discretionary Government Commitments to European Integration Referendums, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 20 (5) (2013), 684-701.
  • The Politics of Avoiding Referendums on the Treaty of Lisbon, in: Journal of European Integration, 35 (1) (2013), 73-89.
  • Thinking Alike? Salience and Metaphor Analysis as Cognitive Approaches to Foreign Policy Analysis (co-authored with Alexander Spencer), in: Foreign Policy Analysis, 9 (1) (2013), 39-56.
  • National Role Conceptions, Domestic Constraints and the New ‘Normalcy’ in German Foreign Policy: the Eurozone Crisis, Libya and Beyond, in: German Politics, 21 (4) (2012), 502-519.
  • Prinzipale und Agenten in Zwei-Ebenen-Spielen. Die innerstaatlichen Restriktionen der Europapolitik Großbritanniens unter Tony Blair (2008), Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Complete list of publications