Dr Bernhard Blumenau, Lecturer at CSTPV


Dr Bernhard Blumenau is a Lecturer in International Relations and joined the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) in 2015. He studied International Studies at the University of Dresden (Germany), the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland) and holds a PhD in International History from the Graduate Institute.

He is fluent in German, English, and French. Prior to his appointment at the University of St Andrews, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and was Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute and the School of International Studies at the University of Dresden.

Dr Blumenau is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).

Research areas

Dr Blumenau is interested in the history of terrorism at large. More specifically, his fields of research include German terrorism and antiterrorism policies, the links between terrorism and the Cold War, as well as multilateral antiterrorism efforts and the role that international organisations have played in them. Dr Blumenau is also interested in German foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and the Cold War.

He is currently working on a new research project on the long history of state terrorism, from the Middle Ages until today.



  • The United Nations and Terrorism: Germany, Multilateralism, and Antiterrorism Efforts in the 1970s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • An International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences. Co-edited with Jussi Hanhimäki. London: Routledge: 2013.

Peer-reviewed articles

  • "The Group of 7 and International Terrorism: The Snowball Effect That Never Materialized.“ Journal of Contemporary History 51, no. 2 (2016), 316–34.
  • “Taming the Beast: West Germany, the Political Offence Exception and the Council of Europe Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism.” Terrorism and Political Violence 27, no. 2 (2015), 310–30.
  • “The Other Battleground of the Cold War: The UN and the Struggle against International Terrorism.” Journal of Cold War Studies 16, no. 1 (2014), 61–84.
  • “The European Communities’ Pyrrhic Victory: European Integration, Terrorism, and the Dublin Agreement of 1979.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 37, no. 5 (2014), 405–421.

Book contributions

  • “Einsam oder doch Gemeinsam? Bundesdeutsche und Westeuropäische Anti-Terrorismus-Politik in den Vereinten Nationen.” In Terrorismusbekämpfung in Westeuropa: Demokratie und Sicherheit in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren, edited by Johannes Hürter. Munich: Oldenbourg, 2014.
  • “The United Nations and West Germany’s Efforts against International Terrorism in the 1970s.” In: Hanhimäki, Jussi and Bernhard Blumenau (eds.). An International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences. London: Routledge, 2013.
  • “West Germany and the United States during the Middle East Crisis of 1973: ‘Nothing but a Semi-Colony’?. In: Hanhimäki, Jussi, Georges-Henri Soutou and Basil Germond (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Transatlantic Security. London: Routledge, 2010.
  • “Deutschland und die europäische Rüstungskooperation: Perspektiven für einen hochsensiblen Politikbereich”. Together with Joris Larik, Felix Groba and Dana Rosen. In: Niemann, Arne and Alexander Brand (eds.). Aktuelle Probleme deutscher und europäischer Außenpolitik: Interessen und Handlungsspielräume. Dresden: TUDpress, 2007.

Book reviews

  • Review of M. Toaldo, The Origins of the US War on Terror. Lebanon, Libya and American intervention in the Middle East. London, New York: Routledge, 2013. Journal of Cold War Studies, forthcoming.



  • Research Methods (IR5952)
  • Terrorism after 1945 (IR5922)

Contributes to:

  • Foreign Policy and International Security (IR1006)
  • Issues in International Relations (IR2006)
  • Honours Dissertation (IR4099)
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy (IR5007)
  • Dissertation Module (IR5099)
  • Research Methods in International Relations (IR5601)

Research students

  • Johannes-Alexander Müller
  • Yannick Veilleux-Lepage
  • Erika Brady

PhD supervision topics

Dr Blumenau is interested in supervising projects on:

  • the history of terrorism
  • German terrorism
  • international anti-terrorism efforts
  • and state terrorism.

He is also happy to supervise students working on German foreign policy or the Cold War.