Institute for Eastern European History and Area Studies

Dr. Bernd Schäfer



Hegelbau (ground floor), Wilhelmstr. 36, D-72074 Tübingen



Wednesday at 15–16



2010 until 2020
Professorial Lecturer

German Department George Washington University, Washington D.C.

since 2007
Global Fellow, Cold War International History Project

Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington D.C.

2001 until 2007
Research Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington D.C.


Martin Luther University Halle

Master of Public Administration

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

State Exam

History, Catholic Theology, Tübingen University

Research Focuses

  • International Cold War History
  • 20th Century Foreign Relations



  • The East German State and the Catholic Church, 1945-1989, New York 2010.
  • Staat und katholische Kirche in der DDR [State and Catholic Church in the GDR], Köln/Weimar 1999.
  • Kirche im Visier. SED, Staatssicherheit und katholische Kirche in der DDR [Target Church: SED, State Security, and the Catholic Church in the GDR], with Dieter Grande, Leipzig 1998.


  • 1965 - Indonesia and the World/Indonesia Dan Dunia, hg. zus. mit Baskara Wardaya, Jakarta 2013.
  • Ostpolitik, 1969-1974: European and Global Responses, hg. zus. mit Carole Fink, New York/London 2009.
  • Historical Justice in International Perspective, hg. zus. mit. Manfred Berg, New York/London 2008.
  • American Détente and German Ostpolitik, 1969-1972, hg. zus. mit David Geyer, Washington D.C 2004.

Articles (most recent 5)

  • North Korea's “Terrorism” and “Counterterrorism” in the Late 1980s, in: Adrian Hänni/Thomas Riegler/Przemyslaw Gasztold (Hg.): Terrorism in the Cold War. State Support in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Sphere of Influence, London 2021, S. 185–194.
  • The Touchy Historiography of Indonesia's 1965 Mass Killings. Intractable Blockades?, in: David Webster (Hg.), Flowers in the Wall. Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia, Calgary 2018, S. 145–154.
  • "Red on White". Kim Il Sung, Park Chung Hee, and the Failure of Korea’s Reunification, 1971-1973, in: Cold War History 16, 2016, S. 1–19.
  • Socialist Modernization in Vietnam. The East German Approach, 1976-89, in: Quinn Slobodan (Hg.): Comrades in Color. East Germany in the Cold War World, New York/Oxford 2015, S. 95–116.
  • Zjednoczone Niemcy po 1990 roku a zbrodnie komunistyczne, in: Patryk Pleskot (Hg.): Wina i Kara: Sopleczeństwa wobec rozliceń zbrodni popełnionycj przez reżimy totalitarne w latach 1939-1956, Warszawa 2015, S. 424–438.