Dr Julian Pänke

Dr Julian Pänke

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Lecturer in European Politics and DAAD Fachlektor

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Julian Pänke is particularly interested in the international relations of Europe. His research explores EU foreign policy, the impact of history on foreign policy making and currently how tensions between nation- and empire building shape a state’s external behaviour. Thus, more broadly the relation between culture and power. From a regional perspective, Julian has focused on Central and Eastern Europe as well as the EU’s relations with Arab states.

He represents the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the department. The DAAD is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy and supports the international exchange of students and scholars through funding.


  • 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 Poltical 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.


  • Understanding Foreign Policy (POLS-230) (2nd year undergraduate)
  • The EU in a Globalised World (POLS-336) (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Europeanization (POLS-222) (2nd year undergraduate)
  • German Foreign Policy (POLS-G12H) (postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

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


  • European Union foreign policies
  • EU as an empire
  • Nation-building and foreign policy
  • Norms, hegemony and foreign policy

Other activities

In Birmingham, Julian is the Dissertation lead and co-convener of the European Studies Research Group.

Julian is a member of the academic association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and MitOst e.V.


Peer-reviewed articles

Pänke, J. (2018) "Liberal Empire, Geopolitics and EU Strategy: Norms and Interests in European foreign policy making", Geopolitics.

Pänke, J. (2015) "The Fallout of the EU’s Normative Imperialism in the Eastern Neighborhood", Problems of Post-Communism, 62(6): 350-363.

Book chapters

Pänke, J. (2017) „Die Europäische Nachbarschaftspolitik als geeignetes Stabilisierungsinstrument der EU?“ (en: European Neighbourhood Policy a suitable tool of stabilisation?), in: Peter-Christian Müller-Graff (ed.) EU-Nachbarschaftspolitik – Nordafrika und Nahost, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 107-132.

Pänke, J. (2016) "EU-Lebanese Relations: Shifting EU Policies in the Aftermath of the Arab Uprisings?", in: Martin Wählisch/ Maximilian Felsch (eds.) In the Eye of the Hurricane: Lebanon and the Arab Uprisings, London/ New York: Routledge, 192-212.

Pänke, J. (2013) "The Empire Strikes Back: 1989, 2011 and Europe’s Neighbourhood Policy", in: Astrid B. Boening, Jan-Frederik Kremer and Aukje van Loon (eds.), Global Power Europe (Vol. 2): Policies, Actions and Influence of the EU’s External Relations, Berlin: Springer, 111-129.


Pänke, J. (2010) Ostmitteleuropa zwischen Verwestlichung und Nationalisierung: Die Neuorientierung polnischer und slowakischer Außenpolitik zwischen 1989 und 2004 (en: East Central Europe between Westernisation and Nationalisation: The reorientation of Polish and Slovak foreign policy between 1989 and 2004), Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Pänke, J. & G. Schuch et.al. (eds.) (2007) Gegenwart der Vergangenheit. Die politische Aktualität historischer Erinnerung in Mitteleuropa (en: The Presence of the Past: Historical memories in Central Europe), Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Policy Papers

Pänke, J. (2016) "Let's prepare for a Soft Brexit", TruLies Europe - the Truth about Lies on Europe, http://trulies-europe.de/.

Pänke, J. (2014) 'Vor dem Kollaps – Libanon im Sog eines levantinischen Bürgerkriegs', DOI Kurzanalysen, Ausgabe September, Berlin.

Pänke, J. (2014) 'Moving beyond the Normative-Geopolitical Ambiguity of the EU’s Imperial Politics in the Neighbourhood: The case of Lebanon', IEP Policy Paper, No. 4 (21 May), Berlin.

Pänke, J. (2014) ‘Enemy at the Gates? How the EU should cope with Russia in its Eastern Neighbourhood’, IEP Policy Briefs on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, No. 2 (20 March), Berlin.

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