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In the face of great challenges we want to think differently about international politics. With researchers from around the globe, in discussion with politics and society, we are seeking out new ideas and expanding perspectives.



The Academy is both a site of research and an exchange for ideas. The Academy offers its Fellows ideal working conditions in which to pursue their own questions. In conversation with scholars and scientists from other disciplines, with politicians and civil society, new perspectives arise.

The Federal City.

The capital city of the old Federal Republic has long been an important European research location. Bonn is home to outstanding scientific institutes, international organisations, UN institutions and federal ministries. Bonn is a small-scale, close-knit city and offers an ideal environment for developing the ideas of the future.


From scholarly conferences, lectures and panel discussions through to conversations held within a small circle – the Academy conducts different events series. Debate on our chosen themes is held with a wide range of figures. We invite academic researchers, politicians, business, the media and the interested public to join us.

What’s New

  • Academic Board meets

    On 24 September 2022, the Academy’s Academic Board will convene. The international and interdisciplinary committee decides on the awarding of fellowships and advises the Academy on scientific issues.

  • Event

    Recording of “Friendship without boundaries?” is online

    On 14 June 2022, the AIA NRW hosted the event “Friendship without boundaries? Russian-Chinese relations during the war in Ukraine and their implications for the future of Europe”. After the welcome by Mayssoun Zein Al Din, Una Bērziņa-Čerenkova and Sarah Kirchberger spoke with Maximilian Mayer about the topic and their currently published books. The recording of the live stream is now available online.

  • First Fellow welcomed

    The Academy’s Executive Director, Dr Mayssoun Zein Al Din, welcomed Dr Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova as the Academy’s first Fellow on 9 June 2022. Dr Bērziņa-Čerenkova is Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Riga (Latvia) and Head of the Asia Programme of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. At the AIA NRW she will be researching a very topical issue: the Russian-Chinese hi-tech military agenda. Already on 14 June 2022, she will discuss with Dr Sarah Kirchberger (Kiel) Russian-Chinese relations during the war in Ukraine and their implications for the future of Europe. The public evening event will take place at the Academy.

  • Workshop

    Social Media Impact on International Affairs

    From 23 to 25 May 2022, the workshop “Social Media Impact on International Affairs” took place at the AIA NRW. It was initiated by Reinhold Kliegl, Stephan Lewandowsky, Olessia Koltsova & Ralph Hertwig. The Executive Director of the Academy, Mayssoun Zein Al Din, welcomed the participants in Bonn.

  • Lecture

    Global Security Architecture

    Mayssoun Zein Al Din, Executive Director of AIA NRW, gave a lecture on 17 May 2022 on the topic of “Global Security Architecture in the Light of Sino-US Rivalry”. She spoke to the Association of Catholic Entrepreneurs. The event took place at the Industrie Club Düsseldorf.

  • Impulse

    Lectures for the Consular Corps

    On 15 February 2022, the Consular Corps of North Rhine-Westphalia was invited to the Academy of International Affairs NRW. There, Regine Grienberger, Ambassador for Cyber Foreign Policy at the Federal Foreign Office, spoke about Cyber Diplomacy. Political scientist Volker Kronenberg from the University of Bonn reported on his department.