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Datum: 02.04.2020

New Henry-Kissinger-Professor at the University of Bonn The Rector appointed Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlie

Following the successful completion of the appointment process in the winter semester 2019/20, the new Henry Kissinger Professor, Dr. Ulrich Schlie, has taken up his duties on April 1, 2020. He will strengthen the team of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS) at the University of Bonn, which is currently being established. The Center will work on strategic challenges in the context of international cooperation and foreign and security policy, as well as on sustainability issues such as food and resource security by means of interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Ulrich Schlie is distinguished by numerous publications in the field of strategy and security policy as well as various international teaching activities. In his professional career to date, he has been able to combine scientific questions with his practical professional tasks, especially in the field of security policy and diplomacy.

After studying history, political science, economics and Romance languages and literature at the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Bonn, Cologne and the London School of Economics (LSE), he first worked at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik before joining the Foreign Service in 1993. From 1995 to 2001 he was responsible for foreign, European and security policy in the CDU/CSU parliamentary group and in the planning group of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group leader. From 2005 to 2012 Ulrich Schlie was head of the planning staff of the Federal Minister of Defence and from 2012 to 2014 he was Political Director for all issues of international security policy and defence policy at the Federal Ministry of Defence. In this capacity he represented the Ministry in the relevant NATO and EU committees and working groups at senior official level.

He received his doctorate with a thesis on peace initiatives in World War II at the University of Bonn and habilitated at the Andrássy University of Budapest with a thesis on "Changes in strategic orientation and the resulting priorities and consequences for German foreign and security policy against the background of the contemporary historical context since 1949".

In addition to his professional activities, Ulrich Schlie has taken on numerous teaching assignments and guest professorships. Since 2001, he has held the Alfred Grosser Chair at the Institut d Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris as Professor associé, Fellow at the NATO Defence College Rome, at the Weatherhead Center of Harvard University and Professor of Practice at Tufts University (Medford/MA, USA). From August 2015 to March 2020, he held the Chair of Diplomacy II at the Andrássy University of Budapest, where he co-founded a 'Centre for Diplomacy' in 2016.