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Dr. Enrico Fels

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Dr. Enrico Fels
Dr. Enrico Fels

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Enrico Fels joined the Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Bonn University in 2009. He holds a Masters Degree from the Australian National University (ANU), where he also was a T.B. Millar Scholar in Strategic and Defence Studies, and has a Bachelors Degree from Ruhr University Bochum. Before joining the CGS, Enrico worked as a Research Assistant for the Chair for International Relations at the Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg, as well as the Chair for International Relations at the Ruhr University Bochum. He received his PhD from Bonn University in 2016 with an extensive analysis of the power shift in Asia-Pacific (reviewed in International Affairs, Asian Politics & Policy, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Politeija, SIRIUS – Zeitschrift für Strategische Analysen and Neue Zürcher Zeitung (20.04.2018)) and was a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the ANU as well as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Tokyo and the Andrássy University Budapest.

Enrico is particularly interested in traditional and non-traditional security issues, esp. in a European, North American and Asian-Pacific context, as well as in power relations and shifts of influence among members of the G20. He is head of the CGS Research Group “Security and Diplomacy” and is author/editor of four books, including Power in the 21st Century. International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World (2012), Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters. Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea (2016) and Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific? The Rise of China, Sino-US Competition and Regional Middle Power Allegiance (2017).

Enrico has been a member of the faculty board of Bonn University’s Faculty of Arts since 2012. He is the Managing Editor of the series Global Power Shift – Comparative Analysis and Perspectives (Springer) and is also serving as a reviewer for International Studies Review (Oxford University Press), International Relations and Development (Palgrave), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Oxford University Press), The Chinese Journal of International Politics (Oxford University Press), Environmental Politics (Taylor & Francis), Asian Politics & Policy (Wiley) and The South African Journal of International Affairs (Taylor & Francis).

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Institut für Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie
Center for Global Studies
Genscherallee 3, Raum 3.014
53113 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 73 60276Fax: +49 228 73 60277


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Latest Publications

  • Fels, Enrico. 2018. Wie ist es um den Frieden derzeit in der Welt bestellt? In: Kompass. Die Zeitschrift des Katholischen Militärbischofs für die Deutsche Bundeswehr, April 2018, 5-8.
  • Fels, Enrico. 2017. Make Law, Not War. Power Politics versus international Law in the South China Sea and the lesson of Spitsbergen. In: Leiter GeoInfoDBw (eds.): Borders: Current Challenges and Future Development, 1, 30-42.
  • Fels, Enrico. 2018. The Geopolitical Significance of Sino-Russian Cooperation in Central Asia for the Belt and Road Initiative. In: Mayer M. (eds) Rethinking the Silk Road. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore.
  • Fels, Enrico. 2017. „Gekommen, um zu bleiben“: Optionen für eine Auseinandersetzung mit der neuen Nuklearmacht Nordkorea. In: Sirius- Zeitschrift für Strageische Analysen, Vol. 1, No. 4, 342-352.
  • Fels, Enrico. 2017. What to do about North Korea? ISPSW Strategy Series, Issue No. 500, July 2017
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Last update: 03/05/2019