Nadia Klein

Nadia Klein
Address: University of Cologne
Department for Political Science and European Affairs
Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6
50931 Köln (Cologne)


The EU as a civil-military crisis manager

The creation of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in 1999 paved the way for the European Union (EU) to act as an international crisis manager. Since, the Union not only aims at adding a separate military capacity to its hitherto civilian approach, but the very linkage of civilian and military means is declared to characterise a distinctive EU crisis management concept. The study carried out in the framework of the EFSPS programme analysed the specifics of the civil-military co-ordination within the EU in Brussels and on the ground. It focused on the interplay between member state principals and their institutional agents from 1999 to 2008. These institutional actors encompass the supranational European Commission as well as Council bodies such as the Council Secretariat, headed by the High Representative for the CFSP, and the EU Special Representatives. In contrast to the rich literature on the role of supranational actors in the EU’s first pillar policies, the impact of ESDP-related institutional actors is under-researched and hardly specified. The implementation in the field was assessed on the basis of case studies, namely the ESDP missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and in Macedonia (FYROM). In 2010, the study entitled "European Agents out of Control? Delegation and Agency in the Civil-Military Crisis Management of the European Union 1999-2008" was published with Nomos (Baden-Baden).









Work experience

2009-2012 Research associate at the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne in the framework of the international research project "MERCURY: Multilateralism and the European Union in the Contemporary Global Order" (FP7 project funded by the European Commission;

Jan 2007 Assistant to the German Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the EU, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU: Preparation of the conference “ESDP: From Cologne to Berlin and beyond. Operations, institutions, capabilities”, Berlin, 29-30 January 2007

2003-2006 Research associate at the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne: Research, project management and teaching assignments in International Relations and European Foreign Policy

Sept-Nov 2001 Internship at the European Parliament, Brussels and Strasbourg

1998-2001 Student assistant and tutor at the Chair for International Relations, Institute for Political Science and European Affairs, University of Cologne, Germany

Other academic activities

2006-2008 Member and grant-recipient of the joint research and training programme “European Foreign and Security Policy Studies” of the foundations Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino/Italy, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm/Sweden, Volkswagen-Stiftung Hannover/Germany

2006-2007 Member of the research group “European Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management Policies (EUCPCM)”, supported by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES)


2009 Ph.D. doctoral degree, Political Science, University of Cologne, Germany

2003 Magister Artium (M.A.) Political Science, French Language and Literature Studies, Theater Studies, University of Cologne, Germany

1997 Diplôme Semestriel de Langue et Civilisation Françaises, Sorbonne, Paris, France

1996 German Abitur and French Baccalauréat (série L), bilingual track, Ziehen-Gymnasium Frankfurt am Main, Germany


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