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Christiane Heidbrink (geb. Suchanek), M.A.

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Christiane Heidbrink (geb. Suchanek), M.A.
Christiane Heidbrink (geb. Suchanek), M.A.

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Since January 2018 Christiane Heidbrink (born Suchanek) has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Studies (CGS) of the University of Bonn. She holds a Bachelor of Science in European Public Administration from the Dutch Twente University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Münster. She obtained her B.A. in Public Administration (Special Emphasis: European Studies) in 2015 and her M.A. in Political Science in 2017 with a Master’s thesis on the evaluation of State-Building measures in Afghanistan. The thesis “Digging into Chaos: Security Sector Reconstruction and State-Building in Afghanistan”, published by Tectum-Verlag, focuses in particular on efforts to build up the police and the military.

Currently, Mrs. Heidbrink is the project manager at the Bonn Power Shift Monitor (BPSM) research project, which examines the changes in international power structures after the turn of the millennium. Since January 2019, she has also been responsible for editing the Bonn Power Focus. In addition, as part of her doctoral project, she is researching the changes in (inter)national security discourses in times of the Belt and Road Initiative. Her teaching activities at the University of Bonn combine the various aspects of her academic career, including teaching on global power shifts, security policies and state-building measures.

Main research areas: International relations, global power shift, qualitative and quantitative power models, state building, security research, security sector reform, state transformation, transnational governance processes.

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Department for Political Sciences and Sociology
Center for Global Studies
Genscherallee 3, Room 3.062
53113 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 228 73 60278Fax: +49 228 73 60273


Office Hours

SoSe 2020: Tuesday 14-16(please register in advance).




Latest Publications

  • Ohnesorge, Hendrik W. und Christiane Heidbrink: „Greatly Exaggerated: China’s Rise and America’s Decline in the Light of the Bonn Power Shift Monitor“, International Security Forum Bonn 2019, p. 22f.
  • Heidbrink, Christiane (2020): „Der Aufstieg Chinas – Konsequenzen für die Sicherheitspolitik“, in: GSP-Einblick 8.
  • Heidbrink, Christiane (2020): “Harte Zeiten für Hard Power?”, in: Europäische Sicherheit & Technik, Juli 2020.
  • Becker, M., Leßke, F., Liedtke, E. et al (2020): Rückblick auf das erste „Corona-Semester“. Ergebnisse einer semesterbegleitenden Untersuchung der Task Force Digitale Lehre des Instituts für Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie der Universität Bonn. in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft.
  • Gu, Xuewu; Heidbrink, Christiane; Huang, Ying; Nock, Philip; Ohnesorge, Hendrik W.; Pustovitovskij, Andrej (2019): International Competition for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). In: CGS Global Focus,
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