Institute of Political Science

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On 21 May, Ben Tonra from University College Dublin gave a lecture on "Brexit and European Security" as part of the lecture "Germany and the EU in International Politics". Tonra dealt with the implications of Brexit for the European security architecture and the Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU. Tonra also gave a particularly vivid analysis of the consequences of the Brexit for the security of Ireland, warning against a renewed escalation of ethnic and religious conflicts on the island.

On 15 May 2019, Dr. Gabi Schlag gave a lecture at the IfP's Departmental Seminar entitled "Ignore or Delete? Governing graphic visual content on social media". She dealt with the EU's approach to the regulation of graphic-visual content uploaded, distributed and viewed on social media platforms. Gabi Schlag thus tried to answer the question of who has the authority and legitimacy to govern the Internet and what a legitimate regulation of graphic content should look like.

Also this year, a delegation from Tübingen took part in the National Model United Nations Conference, in New York, the largest worldwide. From 14th-19th April 2019, the interdisciplinary group represented the Republic of Namibia. In addition to the intensive work in the committees, a visit to the Namibian UN representation was also on the agenda. The delegation was awarded numerous "Position Paper Awards" for its substantive preparation for the work in the individual committees. On the last day, some members of the delegation had the opportunity to address their committees in the plenary hall of the UN General Assembly. At the closing ceremony, the delegation from Tübingen was also honoured as a "Distinguished Delegation".

 

Bettina Ahrens discussed with pupils and citizens on April 4th about topics of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament in May. Together with different political parties’ representatives, the audience debated about uploadfilter as well as migration and Ahrens voiced her support for the current pupils’ engagement for climate.

From 11th to 16th March, Thomas Diez and Bettina Ahrens organized the workshop “Identity and Conflict: Revisioning Relations in the EU-Neighbourhood” in Tbilisi, Georgia. Students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Germany worked on theories of nationalism and identity construction in the countries of the South Caucasus, reflected on the role of the European Union as well as Russia and worked on their intercultural communication skills. Together the students developed scenarios for the respective development of the countries including possible transformation of existing conflicts. The workshop was organized in cooperation with SSC Europe and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

On 22nd January 2019 Thomas Diez gave, as part of the Studium Generale lecture “Autonomy-Demands and Secession-Movements in Europe and the World”, a presentation on the case of Cyprus. He described the causes of the conflict and traced its course along various failed rapprochements of the conflict-parties. Finally, Thomas Diez sketched a possible concept to solve the conflict, which then was object of intense discussions.

Natalie Pawlowski, Alexander Kobusch und Thomas Nielebock shared their insights from three seminars modelled as a cooperation project between different universities in the weekly departmental seminar. Throughout the seminars, they used videos, podcasts as well as expert interviews. The innovative teaching concept established a cooperation between seven universities, which offer peace and conflict studies. Throughout the sessions, the different universities were connected via a live conference. E-Learning Tools helped local as well as mixed groups to work together. For this innovative approach, they were honoured with the University of Tübingen Teaching Award 2018.

Başak Alpan (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) held a guest lecture about Turkish Foreign Policy and Discourses on “Europe” as part of the seminar „Turkey in International Politics: Conflict and Power“ on 11th December 2018. She distinguished between four different phases and dismissed the argument of a fully-fledged de-Europeanisation. Thereby underlined the enduring existence of “Europe” as a reference point in Turkey.

On 28th November 2018, Bettina Ahrens held a lecture on “Is European Foreign Policy (still) value-driven?”. The lecture was part of a Citizen’s Dialogue Event on European Parliament Election in 2019 organized by JEF Reutlingen (JEF Baden-Württemberg e.V).

Bettina Ahrens discussed "Germany's responsibility in the world" together with Wolfgang Bauer (Die Zeit), Martin Rosemann (MP) and Thomas Hitschler (MP). Military missions as an one-sided interpretation of "responsibility" were discussed controversly. In contrast, Bettina Ahrens underlined the importance of cooperation within the European Union.

 

Natalie Pawlowski, Alexander Kobusch and Thomas Nielebock were honoured with the Teaching Award 2018. The award honours the classes
-    “ Understanding, classifying and evaluating ISIS/Daesh” (summer term 2016), held by Thomas Nielebock
-     “Peace in Europe under threat?” held by Alexander Kobusch and Thomas Nielebock (summer term 2017)
-    “Security-Migration-Nexus: Helping them in order to protect us?” organized by Natalie Pawlowski and Alexander Kobusch (summer term 2018)
The innovative teaching concept established a cooperation between seven universities, which offer peace and conflict studies. Throughout the sessions, the different universities were connected via a live conference. E-Learning Tools helped local as well as mixed groups to work together.