Dr. Enrico Fels

Dr. Enrico Fels

Managing Director of the CASSIS


Mail: fels@uni-bonn.de
Phone: 0228/73-62995
Adress: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn
Twitter: @CASSIS_Bonn


Dr. Enrico Fels is the Managing Director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Economics, Society as well as German Studies (two-subject bachelor) from Ruhr University Bochum and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University, where he was also T.B. Millar Scholar in Strategic and Defence Studies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn in 2016 with a comprehensive study of the power shift in Asia-Pacific. The thesis, published by Springer, was favorably reviewed in various journals.

Dr. Fels was a Visiting Fellow of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and held visiting lectureships at the University of Tokyo and the Andrássy University Budapest.

Prior to joining CASSIS, Dr. Fels worked in various positions at the University of Bonn, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, and Ruhr University Bochum. From 2012 to 2020, he was an elected member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bonn and active in various faculty commissions. Dr. Fels is the recipient of the 2017 Teaching Award of the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.

He is the author or co-editor of several scholarly 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).

Dr. Fels is an academic reviewer for the German Academic Exchange Service, the National Science Centre Poland, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation as well as various journals, among others:
- International Studies Review (Oxford University Press)
- International Relations and Development (Palgrave)
- International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Oxford University Press)
- Asia Policy (National Bureau of Asian Research)
- The Chinese Journal of International Politics (Oxford University Press)
- Environmental Politics (Taylor & Francis)
- Asian Politics & Policy (Wiley)
- The South African Journal of International Affairs (Taylor & Francis)

Research interests

Dr. Fels' research interests and scholarly expertise include, in particular, issues of traditional and non-traditional security studies, international political economics, and the strategic consequences of a rising Asia for Europe and the United States.
Strategy | Foresight | Power Shift | Asia and China | Systemic Rivalry | Sino-Russian Relations | Space Politics 

Publications (selection)

  • ‚Escaping the Tragedy? Prospects of Great Power Rivalry’, in: Gruszczak, Artur/Kaempf, Sebastian (Hrsg.): The Routledge Handbook of the Future of Warfare (In preparation).
  • Strategischer Wettbewerb im Weltraum. Politik, Recht, Sicherheit und Wirtschaft im All (Hrsg. gemeinsam mit Antje Nötzold, Andrea Rotter und Moritz Brake) (In preparation).
  • ‚Chinas Macht im Bereich der Kritischen Rohstoffe‘, in: Ohnesorge, Hendrik (ed.) (2022): Macht und Machtverschiebung. Schlüsselphänomene internationaler Politik (Festschrift für Xuewu Gu zum 65. Geburtstag). De Gruyter: Berlin, 305-324. Link.
  • ‚Europa leistet sich immer noch eine erstaunliche strategische Kurzsichtigkeit‘, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 11. Mai 2018, (zusammen mit Maximilian Mayer) https://www.nzz.ch/meinung/europa-leistet-sich-immer-noch-eine-erstaunliche-strategische-kurzsichtigkeit-ld.1360684.
  • ‚Die chinesisch-russischen Beziehungen in Zentralasien und ihre geopolitische Bedeutung im Kontext der Seidenstraßeninitiative’, in: Harnisch, Sebastian/Godehardt, Nadine/Hansel, Mischa (Hrsg.) (2018): Stabilität und Krisen: Sicherheitspolitische Dynamiken in Asien. (Reihe: DGAP-Schriften zur Internationalen Politik) Nomos: Baden- Baden, 241-269.
  • ‚The Geopolitical Significance of Sino-Russian Cooperation in Central Asia’, in: Mayer, Maximilian (Hrsg.) (2018): Rethinking the Silk-Road: Chinas Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations. Palgrave: London, 247-267.
  • Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific? The Rise of China, Sino-US Competition and Regional Middle Power Allegiance, Cham (2017). Link.
    • Rezensiert u.a. in International Affairs, Vol. 94 (1), 2018; Asian Politics & Policy, Vol. 9 (4), 2017; SIRIUS – Zeitschrift für Strategische Analysen, Vol. 1 (4), 2017; Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Vol. 11 (1), 2017; Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations, Vol. 53 (2), 2017; Neue Zürcher Zeitung (20.04.2018)
  • ‚Gekommen, um zu bleiben: Optionen für eine Auseinandersetzung mit der neuen Nuklearmacht Nordkorea‘, SIRIUS – Zeitschrift für Strategische Analysen, 1(4), 2017, 342-352. (Englisch: ‚What to do about North Korea?’, ISPWS Strategy Series, Nr. 500, July 2017, https://css.ethz.ch/content/specialinterest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/en/services/digital-library/publications/publication.html/32643635-26b8-4819-9dac-c93e8518fdd4).
  • ‚Beyond Military Interventions? The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and its Quest for cuius regio, eius dicio’. Neuhäuser, Christian/Schuck, Christoph (Hrsg.) (2017): Military Interventions. Considerations from Philosophy and Political Science, Nomos: Baden-Baden, 149-191.
  • Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters. Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea, Springer: Cham, 2016 (Hrsg. gemeinsam mit Truong-Minh Vu).

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