Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie
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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie

Director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS)
Henry Kissinger Chair for Security and Strategic Studies at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.


Tel.: 0228/73-7639
Address: Römerstr. 164, 3rd Floor, D-53117 Bonn
Twitter: @CASSIS_Bonn


Ulrich Schlie joined the Foreign Service in 1993 as a member of the 48th attaché course after working for the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Ebenhausen/Isar for two years. He was the political director at the Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin from 2012 to 2014 and headed the Policy Planning Staff of the Minister of Defence from 2005 to 2012. He habilitated in February 2020 with a thesis on the strategic change in the foreign and security policy of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1949 at the Andrássy University in Budapest. In 1992 he obtained his doctorate at the University of Bonn with a thesis bearing the title “Secret talks with the opponent. The Western Powers and the Peace Issue in World War II”. He completed his studies in Medieval and Modern History, Political Science and Romance Studies in 1991 with a Magister Atrium degree at the University of Bonn.

Ulrich Schlie was the owner of the Chair for Diplomacy II at Andrássy University Budapest, Professor of Practice at Tufts University (Medford, MA/USA), Fellow at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA/USA), Visiting Fellow at the Nato Defence College Rome, Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge/UK and Professeur associé as holder of the Alfred Grosser Chair at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

Research Interests


  • International Relations and International Security
  • German Foreign and Security Policy
  • Strategy and Diplomacy
  • Political decision-making Processes
  • German and European History
  • Geoeconomics

Further expertise

Balkans | Europe | Intelligence | Globalisation | Military Strategy and National Security | NATO | Nuclear Issues | Russia | Transatlantic Relations | Turkey | United Nations | United States of America | Contemporary History

Research Projects


Master of Arts "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS)

The Master's programme "Strategy and International Security", developed by the Henry Kissinger Professorship, will start in the winter term 2023/24 at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn.

Here you can find more information on the Master's programme.

Consultation Hours

The consultation hour during the lecture-free period will take place on the 15.09.2023 at 2 pm.

Please contact for an appointment.

Summer Semester 2023

  • Controversial questions in contemporary history (Master module GMPS)
  • Doctoral colloquium on methodological problems in contemporary history and international security policy in the digital age (by personal invitation)

Events Hosted by the HKP

The Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategic Studies (HKP) hosts a number of events with distinguished guests from academia, politics, and business, both as part of CASSIS and in cooperation with external partners.

Past Events and Event Series: 

Together with the Institut Français Bonn, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Centre Ernst Robert Curtius (CERC) of the University of Bonn, the Henry Kissinger Professorship organised another edition of the French-German Dialogue. In particular, the question of how the partners Germany and France can achieve their diverging interests in the Indo-Pacific was discussed.

Together with the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP) and the Ludwig-Erhard-Stiftung e.V., the Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategy Studies organizes a panel discussion about the Social market economy in Germany. The panel consists of Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Roland Koch, Thomas Schmid, Prof. Sigmar Gabriel and Lani Döhring and is moderated by Ulrich Schlie.

Together with the German Academic Exchange Service, the Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategy Studies at CASSIS at the University of Bonn is organising this event to bring together the political and academic cosmos in a discussion event and to discuss common paths.

Here you will find overviews of past and upcoming CASSIS events.

News of the HKP

  • Article by Ulrich Schlie for the WELT on the current military situation of the Russian war of aggression (21.07.2023)
  • Lecture on the anniversary of 20 July 1944 by Sophie Freifrau von Bechtolsheim and Ulrich Schlie at the Feldjägerschule in Hanover (21.07.2023)
  • Article by Ulrich Schlie on the anniversary of 20 July 1944 in Die Tagespost (20.07.2023)
  • Guest commentary by Ulrich Schlie on the National Security Strategy in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (10.07.2023)
  • Guest commentary by Ulrich Schlie for Tagespost "Eine verpasste Chance - Deutschlands Sicherheitsstrategie hält nicht, was sie verspricht" (23.06.2023)
  • Ceremony for Henry Kissinger on the occasion of his 100th birthday in Fürth with Ulrich Schlie (20.06.2023)
  • Lecture and Scientific Responsibility "War Chaos and Peace Order. What we can learn from history" at the Bildungszentrum Kloster Banz (05.06.2023)
  • Moderation of the panel "Staatsintervention vs. Wettbewerb - Anfänge der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft und Herausforderungen der Gegenwart" (01.06.2023)
  • Interview with Ulrich Schlie for the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung: "Krieg in Europa - aber Ampel vertagt Nationale Sicherheitsstrategie" (28.05.2023)
  • Essay by Ulrich Schlie for WELT: "Was in der Gestapo-Akte über Henry Kissingers Familie steht" (27.05.2023)
  • Essay by Ulrich Schlie for Cicero: "100. Geburtstag von Henry Kissinger- Zwischen Geist und Macht" (27.05.2023)
  • Lecture by Ulrich Schlie at the National University of Public Service in Budapest on Kissinger's view of history and understanding of politics (26.05.2023)
  • Lecture by Ulrich Schlie at the Munich Foreign Affairs Association on Henry Kissinger and Germany (25.05.2023)
  • Moderation of the panel "German Strategic Culture and Zeitenwende: is Germany changing" with Dr Aylin Matlé in London (11.05.2023)
  • Expert Discussion of the Academy of International Affairs NRW on the Situation in Moldova and the Role of the European Union in South Eastern Europe (04.05.2023)
  • Presentation of his study and following discussion with Ulrich Schlie at the Hanns Seidel Stiftung about geopolitical powershifts on the balkan (27.04.2023)
  • Impulse lecture by Ulrich Schlie on the panel "Global/political level" at the conference Future developments of rhe planning staff of the German armed Forces (25.04.2023)
  • Lecture by Ulrich Schlie at the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg about the future role of Europe in the world (24.04.2023)
  • Expert discussion of the VdSt with Ulrich Schlie and Sigmar Gabriel on lessons learned and the future of German foreign policy (17.04.2023)
  • Interview with Ulrich Schlie for T-Online: "Bedrohte Sicherheit: 'Deutschland muss eine bittere Lektion lernen'" (28.02.2023)
  • Essay by Ulrich Schlie for Cicero: "Mit wortgewaltigem Zynismus in den Untergang" (18.02.2023)
  • Essay by Ulrich Schlie for die Welt: "Warum der Egoismus der Ministerien unsere Sicherheitspolitik lahmlegt" (24.01.2023)
  • Essay by Ulrich Schlie for Cicero: "Ein Vertrag gegen die Geschichte und für die Zukunft eines einigen Europas" (22.02.2023)
  • Essay by Ulrich Schlie for Cicero: "Die Bundeswehr à la carte hat ausgedient" (17.01.2023)
  • Essay by Ulrich Schlie for the Herder Korrespondenz: "Widerständige Literaten" (01.01.2023)
  • Lecture by Ulrich Schlie for the Akademie für europäischen Menschenrechtsschutz: "Machtverschiebungen im Balkanraum" (11.01.2023)

Research fellows

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Fenja Wiluda

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Philipp van Helden

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Carina Siegert

+49 228/73 4474

Research Assistants

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Max-Christian Mai

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Julius Schwafferts

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Anna Lena Gansäuer



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Valentin Reischert

+49 0228/73 4402

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Johanna Fietze

+49 228/73 4458

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Johannes Bell

+49 228/73-62972

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Thisbe Westermann

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Carlotta Laumann

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Alexander Neuhalfen

+49 228/73-4428

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