Winrich Kühne

Winrich Kühne

Steven Muller Professor in German Studies
African Studies
Conflict Management
International Development
International Relations

SAIS Europe


  • Africa
  • Northern Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Crisis Management
  • Economic Development
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • Peacekeeping
  • United Nations
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Founding director of the German Center for International Peace Operations (ZiF) in Berlin; former deputy director of the German Research Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP); consultant to the Association of European Parliamentarians (AWEPA); member of the international advisory group to the U.N. Peacekeeping Lessons-Learned Unit; senior adviser to the former EU Crisis Prevention Network; member of the United Nations and Civilian Crisis Prevention Advisory Groups of the German Foreign Office; member of the editorial boards of the Journal of International Peacekeeping and Global Governance; election observer in Malawi (1993), South Africa (1994), Mozambique (1994), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010), among other places; recipient of the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany); PhD, international law, University of Munich.

Publications: "West Africa and the Sahel in the Grip of Organized Crime and International Terrorism," in ZIF/SAIS Policy Paper (August 2013); "The Role of Elections in Emerging Democracies and Post-Conflict Countries: Key Issues, Lessons Learned and Dilemmas," published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (2010); "Peace Operations and Peacebuilding - Key Political, Military, Police and Doctrinal Issue," in International State Building and Reconstruction Efforts(2010); "From Cold War Blue Helmets to Multi-Dimensional Peace Support Operations," in Peacebuilding: A Field Perspective (2000); "Kriege und Konfliktursachen im subsaharischen Afrika," in Jahrbuch Dritte Welt (1999).


2015-04-13 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
Deals with basi...
Deals with basic issues, in particular root causes and dynamics of violent conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the development of conflict management, and conflict resolution strategies. After a general introduction, selected case studies will explore these issues in their enormous complexity. Discusses basic problems of African politics and development, including the crisis of development, state failure, ethnicity as a potential source of conflict, war economies, and the relevance and problems of democratization as a means of conflict resolution. This course counts for African Studies credit. (Cross listed International Relations/International Development/African Studies) (CM)
Spring 2018 
Peace operation...
Peace operations and peace building, conducted by a variety of international actors like the UN, EU, NATO, and the AU, have in recent decades become a major feature of international peace and security policy. About 200,000 international military, police, and civilians are presently working in over forty missions, most led by the UN. However, these missions are struggling with enormous difficulties: doctrinal confusion about the proper use of force, lack of clarity about the application of basic principles like consent, impartiality and credibility, overstretch and dissatisfaction with peace-building regarding its impact, costs and ability to achieve sustainable peace. The course will address these and related issues by exploring in particular the development UN-Peacekeeping from the Blue Helmets to the present robust, multidimensional peace operations, either in a general matter or by case studies. (Crossed listed International Relations/International Development/African Studies) (CM/IL)