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The Graduate School “Contours of a New World Order” was established in January 2014 and is jointly operated by the University of the Bundeswehr München (University of German Armed Forces Munich), the University of St. Gallen and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The participants of the Graduate School focus on crucial issues of current world affairs, aiming to find theoretical and empirical answers. The PhD program employs an interdisciplinary approach, which comprises political science, law, sociology, and other relevant disciplines.


The Graduate School offers:

  • a structured doctoral program within an excellent research environment
  • various opportunities for academic exchange between its participants and with several versed academics
  • a wide array of additional events such as colloquia, weekend seminars, and lectures of academics and practitioners
  • doctoral scholarships provided by the Hanns Seidel Foundation


The program is headed by the following professors:

  • Prof. Dr. Carlo Masala (University of the Bundeswehr München)
  • Prof. James Davis, Ph.D. (University of St. Gallen)
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meier-Walser (Hanns Seidel Foundation)
  • Prof. Hans-Peter Niedermeier (Hanns Seidel Foundation)

Several other scientists are associated.


Current PhD projects:

  • Peacebuilding in Times of Everyday Violence. A Critical Analysis of the Colombian Peace Process (Bettina Benzing)
  • Bad Robot? Legality of Autonomous Weapons (Fredrik von Bothmer)
  • With Whom to Socialise? The Impact of a "Rising China" on Post-Soviet Kazakhstan's Ideational Rapprochement with Western Regional Organisations (Luba von Hauff)
  • Changing Identities in Post-Conflict Societies - the Interplay between Antagonistic and Agonal Framings of Conflict (Lisa Kammermeier)
  • Small Island States, the Rising Sea and the International Community (Carolin König)
  • Framing a New World Order. American Exceptionalism as motive? An analysis of post-Cold War presidential doctrines (Philippe Ludwig)
  • Flexibility or Institutionalization? Forms of Military Cooperation in the New World Order (Alessandro Scheffler)
  • Military Interventions and the Responsibility to Protect (Sebastian Weise)


For further information, please contact:

Fares Kharboutli, M.A.

Graduate School Coordinator

Phone: ++49-(0)89-6004-2742

Fax: ++49-(0)89-6004-4460



Till Florian Tömmel M.A. M.Sc.

Koordinator des Promotionskollegs

Telefon: ++49-(0)89-6004-2742
Fax: ++49-(0)89-6004-4460

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