Dr. Christian Mölling

Deputy Director of the Research Institute

Areas of Expertise

  • Security and defence
  • Military capabilities
  • Defence industry
  • Security and defence policy of Germany and other major European countries
  • EU Common Security and Defence Policy
  • NATO


English, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-31
Email: moelling@dgap.org

Christian Mölling became deputy director of the DGAP’s research institute in February 2017.

Before joining the DGAP, he held research and leadership positions with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the International Security Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, and the Hamburg Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy.

He has been a visiting fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, and the Paris-based Fondation pour la recherche stratégique.

He studied politics, economics, and history at the universities of Duisburg and Warwick and holds a doctoral degree from Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich.


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Selected Publications

How Germany Should Change Its Approach to Arms Control
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
Carnegie Europe, Strategic Europe Blog, September 7, 2017
How Germany Should Change Its Approach to Arms Control
The old habits of Cold-War arms control no longer suit today’s security environment. It is time for Germany to devise a new strategy. Berlin has spearheaded new initiatives for conventional arms control, the most prominent being the 2016 Steinmeier Initiative, yet success has thus far been limited.
Category: Arms Control and WMD
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies
by Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
A Revolution for Europe’s Defense Industry
Paris and Berlin want to jointly develop a European fighter jet.
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPstandpunkt 7, 17 July 2017
A Revolution for Europe’s  Defense Industry
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel took the Franco-German defense partnership to a new level with their announcement on July 13 to jointly develop the next generation European fighter aircraft – the biggest armament project imaginable in Europe at the moment.
Category: Security