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.
Editorship of Special Journal Issues
Special issue of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism on “States and Terrorism: Historical Perspectives”. Forthcoming 2020.
“German Foreign Policy and the ‘German Problem’ During and After the Cold War: Changes and Continuities.” In New Perspectives on the End of the Cold War: Unexpected Transformations? Edited by Bernhard Blumenau, Jussi Hanhimäki and Barbara Zanchetta. London: Routledge: 2018.
“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, 2015, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 186–188.
Other Pertinent Publications
“Turbulent Times Ahead: What to Make of the German General Elections 2017” In: Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, No. 7, September 2017.
“Brexit and/or Mayxit? A commentary on the current political situation in the UK?” In: Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, No. 4, June 2017.
“Helmut Schmidt, the elder world statesman: chancellor, commentator, and cigarette-lover?” In: Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, No. 2, February 2016.
“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.