Skip navigation

The United States, Europe, and World Order Program

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service, with the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office, has provided grant funding for six postdoctoral fellows to undertake research and participate in related activities at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are pleased to announce the current cohort of DAAD Postdoctoral Fellows who will join the University for the 2021-2022 academic year to conduct research on the theme “The United States, Europe, and World Order.”

Through a regular series of high-level seminars, peer review sessions, and opportunities for direct engagement with senior foreign policy practitioners and leading scholars of statecraft and world order, the six DAAD Postdoctoral Fellows will focus their work on this year's theme. Each Fellow is expected to complete a research paper related to the theme during the period of residence. DAAD Postdoctoral Fellows are closely integrated into the Johns Hopkins SAIS academic community and will be affiliated with the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. A division of Johns Hopkins University, SAIS is a global institution that provides interdisciplinary professional education to prepare a diverse student body for internationally related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise, and leadership to the global community.
This grant also provides funding for the Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Chair. This position is currently held by Andreas Rödder, Chair for Modern and Contemporary History at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. 

The call for DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellows is open until 23:59 Eastern time on March 24, 2023. Please see the position description here for details, qualifications, and application information.

NATO 2030: Towards a New Strategic Concept and Beyond

Members of the 2020-2021 DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow cohort recently collaborated to publish a cutting-edge volume on the future of NATO, titled, NATO 2030: Towards a New Strategic Concept and Beyond, available online December 1st, 2021. Edited by 2020-2021 DAAD Fellows Dr. Jason Blessing, Dr. Katherine Kjellström Elgin, and Dr. Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters, NATO 2030 engages nineteen authors' insights into NATO's relationship with a variety of issues, ranging from strategic partnerships to emerging technologies. This volume contributes to critical conversations on NATO’s future vitality by examining the Alliance’s most salient issues and by offering recommendations to ensure its effectiveness moving forward.

Written by a diverse, multigenerational group of policymakers and academics from across Europe and the United States, this book provides new insights about NATO’s changing threat landscape, its shifting internal dynamics, and the evolution of warfare. The volume’s authors tackle a wide range of issues, including the challenges of Russia and China, democratic backsliding, burden sharing, the extension of warfare to space and cyberspace, partnerships, and public opinion. With rigorous assessments of NATO’s challenges and opportunities, each chapter provides concrete recommendations for the Alliance to chart a path for the future. As such, this book is an indispensable resource for NATO’s strategic planners and security and defense experts more broadly. Learn more about this work here.

Paradigm Lost? The European Union and the Challenges of a New World

"Is a new era dawning for the European Union? Is the Union’s vision of “ever closer union and a gradually expanding space of free movement of goods, services, people and capital still viable in a continent wracked by such disruptive influences as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, Brexit, new security challenges, digital transformations, more intense international competition, and internal disputes over issues ranging from the rule of law and common debt financing to the future of the euro? What role can and should the European Union play in this new world? What rules and values should guide it?"

Edited by Daniel S. HamiltonGregor Kirchhof, and Andreas RödderParadigm Lost? The European Union and the Challenges of a New World explores these questions, drawing on the expert insights of its international and interdisciplinary authors. Supported by the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, this volume makes a unique contribution to the study of the European Union and its future.

Our Funders

This professorship and the postdoctoral program are part of a multi-year program to enhance research on transatlantic relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, funded by the DAAD with generous support by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Our Past Cohorts

The inaugural class of Postdoctoral Fellows (2018-2019 academic year):

John-Michael Arnold, PhD in Public Affairs (Security Studies), Princeton University, USA
Elias Götz, PhD in Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Liviu Horovitz, PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stephan Kieninger, PhD in Modern History, University of Mannheim, Germany
Wencke Meteling, PhD, University of Tübingen, Germany

The second cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows (2019-2020 academic year):

Cornelia-Adriana Baciu, PhD in Politics and International Relations at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland
Tizoc Chavez, PhD in History, Vanderbilt University, USA
Iulia-Sabina Joja, PhD in Strategic Studies, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
David Kleimann, PhD in European, International, and Comparative Laws at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy
Maria Snegovaya, PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, USA
Frank Stengel, PhD in Political Science, University of Bremen, Germany

The third cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows (2020-2021 academic year):

Colleen Anderson, PhD, Harvard University, USA
Sebastian Biba, PhD, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Jason Blessing, PhD, Syracuse University, USA
Susan Colbourn, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada
Katherine Elgin, PhD, Princeton University, USA
Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters, PhD, University of Kent, UK

The fourth cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows (2021-2022 academic year):

Jason Blessing, PhD, Syracuse University, USA
Jonas J. Driedger, PhD, European University Institute, Italy
Payam Ghaledar, PhD, European University Institute, Italy
Katarzyna A. Granat, PhD in Law, European University Institute, Italy
Veronika Müller, PhD in Economics, University of Paderborn, Germany
Shushanik Minasyan, PhD in Political Science, University of Bonn, Germany