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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 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, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), 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


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Latest Publications

  • Heidbrink, Christiane. “Between the Superpowers: What Is Germany’s China Policy?” The Diplomat (July 2023)
  • Heidbrink, Christiane, and Conrad Becker. “Framing the Digital Silk Road’s (De)Securitisation.” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, (August 2022).
  • Gu, Xuewu et al.: China’s Engagement in Africa: Activities, Effects and Trends. Bonn: CGS Global Focus, 2022:
  • Heidbrink, Christiane (2022): “Scholz’s €100 billion surprise: a paradigm shift in Germany’s security policy?” in:, März 2022.
  • Heidbrink, Christiane; Nock, Philip J. (2021): “Der US-Iran-Konflikt und die fehlenden Gesichter der Macht” in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 50(3): 1. DOI: 10.15203/ozp.3433.vol50iss3.
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