Dr. Henning Riecke

Head of Study Groups

Areas of Expertise

  • German and US foreign and security policy
  • European and transatlantic security policy
  • Security organizations
  • Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms control


English, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-35
Email: riecke@dgap.org

Henning Riecke has been head of the DGAP's Transatlantic Relations program since January 2009. He joined the DGAP in 2000 as a program officer responsible for the study groups on “Strategic Issues,” “European Policy,” and “Future Global Issues.”

Before joining the research institute, he was a Thyssen Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he worked on a project on US small arms and light weapons policy. Between 1994 and 1999, he held several positions at the Center for Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin. In 1995, he spent five months as visiting fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

He holds a doctorate in political science, for which he wrote a dissertation on the Clinton administration’s nuclear non-proliferation policy, and a diploma from the Freie Universität, Berlin. He studied political science, history, national economy, and international relations in Frankfurt-am-Main and Berlin.


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Selected Publications

Focused Engagement
NATO’s Political Ambitions in a Changing Strategic Context
by Henning Riecke
Smart Defense and the Future of NATO: Can the Alliance Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century? Conference Report and Expert Papers, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 14 Mai 2012, 8 pages
Focused Engagement
Should NATO limit its responsibilities—or broaden its mandate? How can it deal with new challenges in the face of shrinking budgets? How should the alliance treat Russia and China? NATO faces a strategic dilemma: While it should be concentrating on fewer priorities in order to increase its effectiveness, the increasingly diverse challenges it faces now require a wider scope.
Category: NATO
Preventing Conflict, Managing Crisis
European and American perspectives
by Eva Gross, Daniel Hamilton, Claudia Major, Henning Riecke
Center for Transatlantic Relations, EU Center of Excellence, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C., 6 December 2011, 154 pages
Preventing Conflict, Managing Crisis
The 10 year ISAF mission has led to precarious stability in the Hindu Kush. While some doubt the success of the mission, others point to progress and experience in the country. According to a recent study that examined the ability of Americans and Europeans to react to future crises, international crisis management is not mired in crisis. However, all instruments must be used and strategic planning must be improved.
Category: Fragile States, State Building, Afghanistan, North Africa, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Europe’s New Faces
The EU still has a long way to go to become a top global power
by Henning Riecke
The post-Lisbon European Union can finally establish itself as a serious player in a multipolar world order. It has the potential to develop a foreign policy combining political, economic, and military elements. But will Brussels make the most of Lisbon? In the end, it is still the member states that call the shots on foreign policy.
Category: European Union, EU-Treaties, Europe
NATO’s Global Aspirations
The dispute over enlargement reflects uncertainties about NATO’s function
by Henning Riecke, Simon Koschut
Bucharest was initially dubbed the “enlargement summit.” But this epithet was soon obsolete, despite the go-ahead for Albania and Croatia to join. Western European opposition to Ukrainian and Georgian membership plans was too strong. Would enlargement necessarily increase NATO’s capacity?
Category: Law & Institutions, Regional Organizations, NATO, Worldwide
Europe’s Little Blue Book
More strategic debate in the European Union
by Henning Riecke, Claudia Major
With the 2003 adoption of the European Security Strategy (ESS), the European Union published its first strategic document and claimed a role as a key player in international politics. But has the security strategy actually improved the efficiency and capacity of the European Union’s external engagement? Nearly three years down the road it is time to assess the ESS’s impact and develop ideas for its further implementation.
Category: Institutions of the EU, European Union, German Foreign Policy, Europe
The Crisis in Halting WMD Proliferation
by Henning Riecke
Category: Arms Control and WMD, Security, Worldwide
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