Dr Julian Pänke

Dr Julian Pänke

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Associate Professor in European Politics
Head of Education, School of Government

Contact details

School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Julian is interested in comparative foreign policy analysis, German and East Central European politics. His research explored EU foreign policy, the impact of history on foreign policy making and specifically how tensions between nation- and empire building shape a state’s external behaviour. Thus, more broadly the relation between culture and power. Furthermore, he is excited about possibilities to include questions of civic engagement, experiential learning and sustainability in the wider curriculum.


  • Dr. phil. (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)
  • M.A. (Magister Artium) history, political science (FU Berlin, Germany)


Before joining Birmingham in September 2014, Julian was a researcher with the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. He completed his M.A. (Magister) in History and Political Science (focus on IR) at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1999. Afterwards he worked three years with the European University Viadrina on the German-Polish border to examine the impact of historical memories on the foreign policy transformation of Poland and Slovakia after 1989. In 2003 he moved for two years to Tyumen in Russia to teach International Relations at the Tyumen State University (TGU).

After Julian's return to Berlin, he joined the Centre for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) focussing on the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy. In 2007 he earned his PhD and three years later moved on to work as assistant professor with the universities St. Joseph (USJ) and LAU (Lebanese American University) in Beirut (2010-2013). Since 2013 he is associated with the German Orient-Institue (DOI) and the IEP in Berlin. In his free time he likes to travel, reading novels, and watching Asian films.


  • Debates in World Politics (UG Year 1)
  •  Comparative Politics (UG Year 2)
  • International Negotiation (UG Year 3)
  • LANS Year in Civic Leadership

Postgraduate supervision

  • European Union foreign policies
  • Central & Eastern European foreign policies (Germany, Poland, Slovakia)
  • European Neighbourhood Policy


  • Comparative Politics 
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • EU Politics
  • Civic Leadership


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Paenke, J 2020, '‘The Fourth Reich is here’: an exploration of populist depictions of the EU as German plot to take over Europe', German Politics and Society, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 54-76. https://doi.org/10.3167/gps.2020.380304

Paenke, J 2019, 'Liberal empire, geopolitics and EU strategy: norms and interests in European foreign policy making', Geopolitics, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 100-123. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2018.1528545

Paenke, J 2017, Die Europäische Nachbarschaftspolitik als geeignetes Stabilisierungsinstrument der EU? in P-C Müller-Graff (ed.), EU-Nachbarschaftspolitik – Nordafrika und Nahost. Schriftenreihe des Arbeitskreises Europäische Integration e. V., no. 102, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, pp. 107-132.

Paenke, J 2016, EU-Lebanese relations: shifting EU policies in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings? in M Wählisch & M Felsch (eds), Lebanon and the Arab uprisings: in the eye of the hurricane. 1st edn, Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series, Routledge, London/ New York. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315715216

Paenke, J 2015, 'The fallout of the EU’s normative imperialism in the eastern neighborhood', Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 350-363. https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2015.1093773


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