Dr. Cornelius Adebahr

Associate Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • European Union
  • EU foreign policy, European security and defense policy
  • EU enlargement, European Neighborhood Policy
  • Southeastern Europe
  • Transatlantic relations
  • Iran


English, French, Spanish


Email: adebahr@af.dgap.org

Cornelius Adebahr has been working as an independent analyst and entrepreneur since 2000, focusing on foreign and security policy, European affairs, and citizens’ engagement. Between 2011 and 2016, he lived first in Teheran and then in Washington, DC. He is the author of “Europe and Iran: The Nuclear Deal and Beyond” (Routledge 2017) and “Inside Iran: Alte Nation, Neue Macht?“ (Dietz 2018).

In addition, Cornelius is a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and a fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Since 2005, he has been teaching at various international universities as a lecturer, including the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, Tehran University in Iran, and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in the United States. Furthermore, he has been a member of Team Europe, an experts’ network of the European Commission, since 2003.

Cornelius studied Political Science (International Relations), Philosophy, Public Law, and International Economics in Tübingen, Paris, and at the Free University Berlin, where he graduated in 2001 before receiving his PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in 2008.


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Selected Publications

The diplomatic turn that Tehran does not expect
Why – and how – the European Union should establish official relations with Iran now
by Cornelius Adebahr
DGAPstandpunkt 13, December 1, 2011, 3 pp.
The diplomatic turn that Tehran does not expect
After the storming of the British embassy in Tehran, the already uneasy relations between the West and Iran are on the brink of collapse. To break out of the spiral of escalating retaliation, the EU member states have to try a new trick: While they reduce their bilateral relations with Iran, they should mandate the EU to negotiate with the Iranian leadership. As a precursor to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Iran and the EU, the EU should dispatch a special envoy.
Category: Arms Control and WMD, Security, European Union, Iran, Near and Middle East/North Africa, Europe
Crossing Borders
Rethinking the European Union’s Neighborhood Policies
by Almut Möller, Cornelius Adebahr, Claire Demesmay, Carsten Främke, Lucas Lypp, Marie-Lena May, Stefan Meister, Katrin Sold, Marek Souček, Ulrike Stern, Marcel Viëtor, Natasha Wunsch
DGAPanalyse 2, August 18, 2011, 100 pp.
Crossing Borders
The debt crisis calls for the EU’s full attention – and threatens to supplant the fact that urgent action is needed on Europe’s periphery. The revolutions in North Africa demand answers; further EU enlargement needs to be planned and implemented. There are many common topics that link the European Union and its neighbors, from energy to migration. Thus, cross-border space must be created in which EU policies on a range of topics can be further developed
Category: European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Eastern Partnership, European Union, Europe, Eastern Europe
Think National Interest, Act European
A European “Union state” is inevitable—if Europe’s nation states hope to survive
by Cornelius Adebahr
The process of European integration has long ceased to be a matter of choice. It is an urgent necessity and needs to go far beyond the Lisbon Treaty. In light of the international economic crisis and climate change, the creation of a European “Union state” is the only way forward.
Category: European Union, Integration, Government and Society, Western Europe, Europe