Dr Felix Heiduk



Department of Political Science and International Studies

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Felix Heiduk’s main research interests are to be found at the crossroads of Security Studies, International History and Comparative Politics.


  • Doctoral degree in Political Science, Free University Berlin, 2008
  • M.A. in Political Science, Free University Berlin, 2003


Felix Heiduk joined the University of Birmingham in September 2011. Before coming to Birmingham he was a research fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, as well as a Post-doc fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He received his doctorate from Free University Berlin in 2008.


undergraduate teaching:

  • Europeanization

graduate teaching:

  • Civil War, Conflict Management and Peacekeeping (only in 2012/13)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • German Foreign Policy

Postgraduate supervision

  •  Security Studies
  •  Civil-Military Relations
  •  German Foreign Policy
  •  Southeast Asian Affairs


Research interests

  • International Policing
  • Civil-military relations
  • Security Sector Reform 
  • German and European Foreign Policy
  • Southeast Asian Affairs


Heiduk, F. (2012), Between a rock and a hard place: radical Islam in post-Suharto Indonesia, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Vol. 6, No. 1: 26-40

Heiduk, F. (2011), Policing Mars or Venus?omparing European and US approaches to police assistance, European Security, Vol. 20, No. 3: 363-383

Heiduk, F. (2011), From guardians to democrats? Attempts to explain change and continuity in the civil-military relations of post-authoritarian Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, Pacific Review, Vol. 24, No. 2: 249–271

Heiduk, F. (2010), Staatszerfall als Herrschaftsstrategie: Indonesien zwischen Desintegration und Demokratisierungsblockade am Beispiel des Aceh-Konfliktes (State failure and power politics: Indonesia between disintegration and defective democracy – the case of Aceh), Baden-Baden: Nomos

Heiduk, F. (2009), ”ESDP in Asia: The Aceh Monitoring Mission in Indonesia. In: Asseburg, M and Kermpin, R. (eds.) The EU as a Strategic Actor in the Realm of Security and Defence? A Systematic Assessment of ESDP Missions and Operations, Berlin: SWP Research Paper, pp. 100-111

Heiduk, F. (2009), “Challenging democracy? The role of political Islam in post-Suharto Indonesia”. In:  Hua, S. (ed.) Islam and Democratization in Asia, Amherst: Cambria Press, pp. 218-246

Heiduk, F. (2008), “Two sides of the same coin? Separatism and democratization in post-Suharto Indonesia”. In: Buente, M. and Ufen, A. (eds.) Democratization in Post-Suharto Indonesia, London: Routledge, pp. 295-31

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