Dr Bernhard Blumenau
Lecturer in International Relations
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 a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).
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. He is currently starting a new research project on the long history of state terrorism, from the Middle Ages until today.
He is the author of The United Nations and Terrorism. Germany, Multilateralism, and Antiterrorism Efforts in the 1970s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) which looks, firstly, at the rise of international terrorism as a significant problem for German foreign policy - as well as a major concern for the international community - through the examination of several case studies such as hostage takings, assassinations, and hijackings. Secondly, the book assesses the attempts of the UN to cope with the challenges of international terrorism in the 1970s and the leading role that West Germany played in these efforts. Dr Blumenau is also co-editor of An International History of Terrorism. Western and Non-Western Experiences (Routledge, 2013) and the author of articles in journals such as the Journal of Cold War Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and the Journal of Contemporary History.
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.
“‘The Group of 7 and International Terrorism: The Snowball Effect That Never Materialised.” Journal of Contemporary History, forthcoming.
“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.
“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.
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.
Other Pertinent Publications
“25 Years after the Fall of the Wall: A New Cold War in the Making?” In: Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, No. 8, December 2014.
“German Elections on 22 September 2013: the Primacy of Domestic Policy” In: Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, No. 5, September 2013.
“The Map of Africa Lies in Germany: The Two Germanys and Their Struggle for Recognition in Africa, 1955–1966.” Working Papers in International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, no. 10 (2011).
“The International Community and Terrorism: A Short Historical Assessment”. In: Papiers d’actualité/ Current Affairs in Perspective of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, No. 6, August 2010.
Sept 2015 - “The Great Transformation? Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War” (Geneva)
Co-organising with Jussi Hanhimäki and Barbara Zanchetta
May 2015 - “States and Terrorism: An Ambivalent Relationship” (Geneva)
Co-organising with Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou and Jussi Hanhimäki
Sept 2011 - “Terrorism and International Politics: Past, Present and Future” (Geneva)
Co-organised with Jussi Hanhimäki
Attendances/Guest Lectures (Selection)
Oct 2015 - “In the Shadow of the Cold War. Domestic and International Terrorism in the Former Communist Countries” (Warsaw)
“Multilateral Antiterrorism Cooperation during the Cold War”
May 2015 - “States and Terrorism: An Ambivalent Relationship” (Geneva)
Paper on “The East German State Security and Western Right-wing Terrorists”
Dec 2014 - Global Think Tank Summit (Geneva)
Guest talk on “How to Deal with ISIS: International Perspectives”
June 2014 - Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (Lexington, KY)
Paper on “Transatlantic Anti-terrorism Cooperation in the 1970s: Dreams and Realities”
June 2014 - “From Schauman to Breivik: Terrorism, Political Violence and the Nordic Countries” (Helsinki)
Paper on “’Imported Terrorism’. The West German Embassy Siege in Stockholm in 1975”
May 2014 - “Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in History, Culture and International Relations “ (Venice/University of Warwick)
Paper on “Mr Computer. Horst Herold and the Reform of the German BKA inthe 1970s”
Sept 2013 - “New Research on the Cold War of the 1970s and 1980s” (Blaubeurren)
Paper on “The Cold War and Terrorism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?”
July 2013 - Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference (Newcastle, UK)
Paper on “New Challenges, New Responses: Transatlantic Anti-Terrorism Cooperation in the 1970s.”
June 2013 - Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Berlin)
Guest lecture on “Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Internationale Terrorismus in den 1970er Jahren“
Nov 2012 - “Staat gegen Terrorismus. Demokratie und Sicherheit in Westeuropa“ (Munich)
Paper on “Bundesdeutsche und Westeuropäische Anti-Terrorismus-Politik in den Vereinten Nationen“
Oct 2012 - Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (Milwaukee)
Paper on “Germany and Terrorism: International Responses in the 1970s”
Sep 2011 - “Terrorism and International Politics: Past, Present and Future” (Geneva)
Paper on “‘But we have a chance!’ West Germany’s Efforts against International Terrorism at the UN in the 1970s”
Sept 2011 - German History Society Annual Conference (London)
Paper on “Chancellor Schmidt, the FRG and International Anti-terrorism Strategies”
Apr 2011 - LSE/ GWU/ UCSB Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War (Santa Barbara)
Paper on “The Other Battleground of the Cold War: The UN and International Terrorism in the 1970s”