Lecturer in International Relations

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Pillars: peace and security; leadership and agency

Keywords: history; terrorism; state terrorism and antiterrorism; international organisations; diplomacy; German foreign policy


Bernhard is a Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) in the School of International Relations, and is interested in the history of terrorism at large. More specifically, his fields of research include German terrorism and antiterrorism policies, the links between terrorism and the Cold War, as well as multilateral antiterrorism efforts and the role that international organisations have played in them. Currently, he is working on a new research project on the long history of state terrorism, from the Middle Ages until today. His second field of interest is (the history of) German foreign policy.

Bernhard holds degrees from the University of Dresden (Germany) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland). During his studies, he also spent one year at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). He is fluent in German, English, and French; and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).

Bernhard is the author of The United Nations and Terrorism: Germany, Multilateralism, and Antiterrorism Efforts in the 1970s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) which looks at the rise of international terrorism as a significant problem for the international community, and assesses the attempts of the UN to cope with the challenges of international terrorism in the 1970s. Furthermore, he is also co-editor of New Perspectives on the End of the Cold War (Routledge,2018) and An International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences (Routledge, 2013) as well as the author of articles in journals such as the Journal of Cold War Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and the Journal of Contemporary History.


Blumenau, Bernhard and Jussi Hanhimäki, eds. 2020. “Special Issue: States and Terrorism: Historical Perspectives.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 43(1).

Blumenau, Bernhard, Jussi Hanhimäki and Barbara Zanchetta. 2018. eds. New Perspectives on the End of the Cold War: Unexpected Transformations? Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Blumenau, Bernhard. 2016. “The Group of 7 and international terrorism: the snowball effect that never materialized.” Journal of Contemporary History 51 (2): 316-334.

Blumenau, Bernhard. 2015. “Taming the beast: West Germany, the political offence exception, and the Council of Europe Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism.” Terrorism and Political Violence 27 (2): 310-330.

Blumenau, Bernhard. 2014. The United Nations and Terrorism: Germany, Multilateralism, and Antiterrorism Efforts in the 1970s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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