Dr. Luba von Hauff

Associate Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Systems, Security, and Development of the post-Soviet states                     
  • International Norm Diffusion and Norm Collision Processes
  • International Socialization
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • EU-China Relations
  • ‘Rising Powers’ and Multipolarity


English, Russian


Email: hauff@af.dgap.org

Luba von Hauff is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of the Bundeswehr (Munich). Prior to that she worked as a research fellow at the DGAP's Berthold Beitz Center. 

Luba von Hauff holds a PhD from the University of the Bundeswehr, a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, and a BA in European Studies from the University of Maastricht. Her PhD analysed the impact of China on the democratization of post-Soviet Kazakhstan and was supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. She is a member of the Strategic Studies Network (SSN) of the National Defense University (Washington, DC).

Her current research focuses on the multi-polarization of international affairs, particularly in the context of the evolving EU-China interaction, as well as on the political, normative and socio-economic developments in post-Soviet Eurasia.



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Selected Publications

The Value of Alternatives:
Why the EU is indispensable to Central Asian security
by Luba von Hauff
DGAPanalyse 8 (August 2015), 9 pp.
The Value of Alternatives:
Central Asia’s pronounced security risks concern many international actors, not least because of the potential for radical ideologies to gain a foothold in the region’s communities. Against this background, Luba von Hauff highlights the EU’s particular value added to the region, reflecting on how European policy can further build up its impact on the local security situation for the time to come.
Category: European Union, Central Asia
China’s Rising Predominance in Central Asia
Beijing’s status quo policy exacerbates regional instability
by Luba von Hauff
DGAPanalyse 3, April 12, 2013, 22 pp.
China’s Rising Predominance in Central Asia
China’s influence in post-Soviet Central Asia has steadily grown for 20 years. Beijing, striving to suppress Uighur separatist movements in and beyond its own Xinjiang province as well as to tap into Central Asian development projects, has backed the neighboring region’s largely unpopular authoritarian regimes. As a result, the populations’ receptiveness to Islamic forms of social and political organization has been growing, and with it, the region’s potential for insecurity in the long run.
Category: Security, Conflicts and Strategies, Central Asia, China
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