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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

  • Book Presentation – Handbook of Political Islam in Europe

    On October 20, 2023, the Academy for International Politics NRW hosted a book presentation that brought together prominent figures from the fields of academia and local politics. The focal point of this event was the book “Handbook of Political Islam in Europe,” published by Thomas Jäger and Ralph Thiele in Springer. The guests received a warm welcome from Dr. Mayssoun Zein Al Din, the Academy’s Director, and Prof. Ulrich Schlie, Director of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategy, and Integration Studies (Cassis).

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    Interview with Dr. Mayssoun Zein Al Din on French-German relations

    „Even though France and Germany are not coordinating in light of global challenges, the friendship between those two countries remains important to the European Union and the visit of our Federal President might set a new impulse” summarizes our Director, Dr. Zein Al Din.

    On the occasion of the visit of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, to Paris, our Director, Dr. Mayssoun Zein Al Din, shared her expertise on the French-German relations.

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    Dr. Mayssoun Zein Al Din in a discussion with Prof. Fawwaz Traboulsi

    “The Middle East in a changing world order” is the subject of Dr. Mayssoun Zein Al Din’s interview with Prof. Fawwaz Traboulsi. Among other things, they discussed China’s growing influence in the region. The interview will be published soon in our Journal.

  • The EU-AI Act – a workshop report

    The EU-AI Act is moving to become the world’s first rules of AI, once approved. Its impact especially on countries of the Global South was the topic of a policy workshop convened by our Fellow Gaurav Sharma. Now the full report is online.

  • Delegation of the German-Hungarian Institute

    As part of their study trip, a delegation from the German-Hungarian Institute at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium visited the Academy. The federal system of the Federal Republic of Germany and the importance of the federal states in building international relations were intensively discussed.

  • Keynote speeches on ‘Freedom of Expression in the 21st Century’ online

    On the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, we hosted an event on ‘Freedom of Expression’, welcoming founding member and Executive Director of International Memorial, Dr. h.c. Elena Zhemkova and Prof. Dr. Róbert Spanó, former president of the European Court of Human Rights.

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    Lectures on the topic of “Disinformation” online

    The topic “Disinformation” was the focus of the Summer Academy 2022. Alexandra Geese, Sarah Kreps and Sergei Guriev were among the speakers. Their and other lectures can now be listened to online.

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    International Security Forum Bonn

    The Academy was a cooperation partner of the International Security Forum Bonn 2022 organised by the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS). The Academy’s Executive Director Dr Mayssoun Zein Al Din spoke at two panel discussions on the topics “Growing Anti-Semitism” and “Climate and Security Research in North Rhine-Westphalia”. Her discussion partners were Felix Klein, Wilhelm Sandrisser, Lisa Fellhofer and Remko Leemhuis as well as Ines Dombrowsky, Jakob Rhyner, Lukas Hermwille and Shen Xiaomeng. The event “Assessing Climate and Security Research in North Rhine-Westphalia” took place at the Academy on 30 September 2022.

  • Exchange on Cybersecurity

    On 28 September 2022, a meeting took place at the Academy between a delegation led by Principal Deputy National Cyber Director Kemba Walden and experts from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The meeting was hosted by the Academy’s Executive Director Dr Mayssoun Zein Al Din.

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  • Academic Board met

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