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Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge

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Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge
Dr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge

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Mr. Hendrik W. Ohnesorge, born on June 2, 1988, in Göttingen, Germany, is Managing Assistant and Research Fellow at the Center for Global Studies/Chair in International Relationsat the University of Bonn. In his undergraduate and graduate studies, Mr. Ohnesorge took courses in International Relations, history, philosophy, and international law. He holds a bachelor’s degree in “Politics and Law” (2010) from the University of Münster (2010) and a master’s degree in “German, European, and Global Politics” from the University of Bonn, from which he graduated with honors with a thesis on John F. Kennedy (2013). In 2011/12, Mr. Ohnesorge studied abroad in the United Kingdom at the University of Southampton. In early 2016, Mr. Ohnesorge held a short-term guest lectureship at Leiden University. In the summer and fall 2017, on a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he was visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

In his research and teaching, Mr. Ohnesorge focuses on the history and foreign relations as well as the presidency of the United States of America. Within this context, he is specifically interested in German-American relations. As part of the systematical investigation of the phenomenon of power and contemporary power shifts in international relations conducted at the Center for Global Studies, Mr. Ohnesorge puts particular emphasis on the understanding and role of soft power in international affairs – both past and present. Finally, Mr. Ohnesorge is interested in the influence of individual decision-makers on international politics (“Personality and Politics”).

Mr. Ohnesorge is regularly invited to give lectures on these issues.

For his excellence in teaching, he was recently awarded the University of Bonn’s Teaching Award in the academic year 2017/2018.

In March 2019, Mr. Ohnesorge successfully obtained his PhD. His dissertation dealt with the phenomenon of soft power in international relations. In this context, Mr. Ohnesorge put forth a comprehensive theoretical-conceptual taxonomy of soft power as well as a methodological roadmap for the empirical study of its workings in international politics.

The work has been published at Springer VS in the book series ‘Global Power Shift’ under the title “Soft Power. The Forces of Attraction in International Relations”:

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Department for Political Sciences and Sociology

Center for Global Studies
Genscherallee 3, Room 3.060
53113 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 228 73 60281Fax: +49 228 73 60273


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Latest Publications

  • Ohnesorge, Hendrik W.: Soft Power: The Forces of Attraction in International Relations. Cham u.a.: Springer International, 2020.
  • Gu, Xuewu; Heidbrink, Christiane; Huang, Ying; Nock, Philip; Ohnesorge, Hendrik W.; Pustovitovskij, Andrej (2019): Geopolitics and the Global Race for 5G. In: CGS Global Focus,
  • 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,
  • Gu, Xuewu, Ohnesorge, Hendrik W. (Hrsg.) Politische Persönlichkeiten und ihre weltpolitische Gestaltung – Analysen in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2017.
  • Ohnesorge, Hendrik W. “Carington, Peter Alexander Rupert, 6th Baron Carrington.” In IO BIO, Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations, edited by Bob Reinalda, Kent J. Kille and Jaci Eisenberg. Online at:
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