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Maximilian Terhalle is Reader in International Politics at Winchester University and currently affiliated with the Grand Strategy Programme at King’s College London. His main research interest lies at the boundaries of Strategic Studies and the study of World Order. He firmly believes that intellectuals, especially at times of momentous crisis and disorder, have the obligation to provide, both, analytical and policy orientation, however limited, to governments and societies.  

Before joining Winchester, he taught and conducted research at Yale, Columbia, Cornell and Oxford Universities from 2007 to 2012. Maximilian obtained his DPhil from the University of Bonn and Master's degrees from the Universities of London and Bonn and received his ‘Habilitation’ from Potsdam University. He has also undertaken extended field trips to China and Egypt.

He has received over three years of fully funded early- and mid-career research fellowships from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and a one-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service. Prior to his academic career, he worked for the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Defense Department.   He holds the rank of a major (reserve) and is, as such, affiliated with the Defence Department.

Since 2009, he has published some 20 peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters (e.g. in Security Studies, Review of International Studies, International Studies Perspectives, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen) and five peer-reviewed monographs, edited volumes and edited Special Issues. In addition, he has contributed some 20 articles and book chapters to other publications.

As a public intellectual, he has written over 20 commentaries for the Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Die Welt and POLITICO, the Financial Times as well as analyses for Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Survival and Middle East Policy, among others, and has appeared on national as well as international TV and radio broadcasting stations.

Areas of expertise

Strategic Studies, Security Studies, IR theory

Europe, US, Russia, China, MidEast


Monographs and special issues (peer-reviewed)

  • The Transition of Global Order: Contestation and Legitimacy, 2017. Palgrave Macmillan International Relations Series, 288 pp (paperback; hardback 2015.)
  • International Relations Theory and the Moderation of Revisionist States. International Politics Special Issue 52:5 (2015). Contributors: Robert Jervis, Arthur Stein, Gregory Gause, Louise Fawcett, Fred Lawson and Maximilian Terhalle.
  • The New Power Politics of Global Climate Governance. Routledge 2016 (co-edited with C. Streck). Fully revised book edition of the Special Issue in Climate Policy 13:5 (2013), with a new introduction by Maximilian Terhalle and a new chapter by Robert Falkner.
  • A Political Analysis of Conservative Thinking about Foreign and Security Policy during the Inter-War Period (in German). Cologne: Böhlau Publishing 2009 (rev. DPhil thesis 2006), 450 pp.

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

  • Containment’s Deceit: an Analysis of the United States’ China Strategy in East Asia. International Politics (forthcoming, 9/2019)

  • Im Westen nichts Neues? Eine strategische Vision transatlantischer Macht. Zeitschrift fuer Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 12:1 (2019), 28-40.

  • Transnational Actors and Great Powers during Order Transition. International Studies Perspectives 17:3, Aug. 2016. Read it online.
  • Why Revolutionary States Yield: International Sanctions, Regime Survival, and the Security Dilemma. The Case of the Islamic Republic of Iran. International Politics 52:5 (2015), 594-608.
  • Warum das Governance-Axiom gescheitert ist. Eine notwendige Kritik. Zeitschrift für Politik 62:3 (2015), 263-288.
  • Kritische Anmerkungen zur Debatte um die Politisierung internationaler Institutionen" (Remarks on the 'politicisation' debate). Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 20:2 (2013), 117-139.
  • Great-Power Politics, Order Transition, and Climate Governance: Insights from International Relations Theory (with J. Depledge). Climate Policy 13:5 (2013), 572-590.
  • Reciprocal Socialization: Rising Powers and the West. International Studies Perspectives 12:4 (2011), 341-362.
  • Realism's Military-Technical Wing and International Politics. International Studies Review 13:4 (2011), 514-524.
  • Understanding the Limits of U.S. Power in the Middle East: Review Essay. Review of International Studies 37:2 (2011), 631-641.
  • Revolutionary Power and Socialization: Explaining the Persistence of Revolutionary Zeal in Iran's Foreign Policy. Security Studies 18:3 (2009), 557-586.
  • Stagnation im Mittleren Osten: Politisierte Religion als Reformmotor? Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 16:3 (2006), 847-874.


Other publications

  • The National Interest, 4.10.2018.  Can Germans Think Strategically? https://nationalinterest.org/feature/can-germans-think-strategically-32642      Reprinted (in Italian) in: Limes - Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica (1. Januar 2019)

  • The National Interest, 18.8.2018      Here's How France and Germany Could Have a Joint Bomb: Such a force is necessary to deter Moscow in the face of uncertainty from Washington. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/heres-how-france-and-germany-could-have-joint-bomb-29042

  • Foreign Policy, 3.4.2017   If Germany Goes Nuclear, Blame Trump Before Putin.  http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/04/03/if-germany-goes-nuclear-blame-trump/

  • Neue deutsche Sicherheitspolitik: Strategisches Denken und die Zukunft nuklearer Abschreckung angesichts revisionistischer Grossmächte. In: F. Hahn, MdB (Hg.), Sicherheit für Generationen. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 2017, 59-72.

  • Zeitschrift fuer Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (online), 25.11.2016. Deutschland im strategischen Vakuum? http://www.jaeger.uni-koeln.de/fileadmin/templates/zfas/Kurzfassung_Terhalle_Deutschland_im_strategischen_Vakuum.pdf
  • The Munich Consensus and the Purpose of German Power (with Bastian Giegerich). Survival 58:2 (2016).
  • The Munich Consensus and the Purpose of German Power. Lead author; co-author: Bastian Giegerich. Survival (IISS) Editors' Blog, 11 February 2016
  • IB-Professionalitaet als Praxisferne? Ein Plaedoyer fuer Wandel. Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 9:1 (2016), 121-138.
  • Introduction: International Relations Theory and the Moderation of Revisionist States. International Politics 52:5 (2015), 589-594.
  • Bundespräsident Gaucks Münchner Rede strategisch weitergedacht. Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik online 2015 (5 pp.)
  • China, the United States and Spheres of Influence in International Politics. Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik online 2015 (5 pp.).
  • Editorial: The New Geopolitics of Climate Change (with C. Streck). Climate Policy 13:5 (2013), 533-539.
  • Is Unipolarity Peaceful? A Reply to Monteiro International Security, 2012). International Studies 48:4 (2012), 317-327.
  • America or Asia? Internationale Politik, Global Edition 12 (2011), 52-56.
  • The Sociological Turn: Bringing the Domestic Analogy Back In. A Reply to Buzan and Albert (European Journal of International Relations, 2011). International Studies 48:2 (2011), 165-175
  • Are the Shia Rising? Obstacles for an Iranian Regional Hegemony. Middle East Policy Journal 14:2 (2007), 69-83.



17. Neue Zuercher Zeitung, 10.2.2019: Strategie als hohe Kunst (review essay on Wolfgang Ischinger Welt in Gefahr‘ and John Gaddis On Grand Strategy‘)

16.  POLITICO, 31.12.2018: Six post-Cold War Taboos Europe Must Now Face (with Francois Heisbourg): https://www.politico.eu/article/6-post-cold-war-taboos-europe-must-now-face-merkel-macron-trump-nato-eurozone-reform/

15.  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 14.8.2018: Macht und Recht (Rezension)

14.  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 11.7.2018: Wenn Trump Putin freie Hand laesst Deutschland und die Nato (online)

13.  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 15.4.2018: Was Merkel in Syrien uebersehen hat (Fremde Federn)

12.  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 27.3.2018: Asien ohne Amerika?

Versuch einer Erklaerung mit und über China (Rezension)

11. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 15.2.2018: Eine strategische Vision für Europa (online)

10. Neue Zuercher Zeitung, 11.1.2018: Strategielehre hilft gegen die zunehmende

Unvorhersehbarkeit der Geschichte

9.   Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 15.11.2017: Für eine europaeische Atommacht (Fremde Federn)

8.   Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 27.7.2017:Militaerstrategie. Atom-U-Boote für die Ostsee (online)

7.   Tagesspiegel: Causa, 23.1.2017: Deutschland braucht Atomwaffen (wenn die NATO  obsolet ist)

6.   Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 25.4.2016: Strategische Sicherheitspolitik (mit Bastian Giegerich)

5.   CICERO, 11.2.2015: Der Realismus der Kanzlerin

4.   CICERO, 28.3.2014: Merkel muß Putin Grenzen setzen

3.   Die Welt, 19.9.2007: Berlins Handlungsspielräume. Nicht nur nach Kabul schauen!

2.   Financial Times, 2.2.2007: Maklerin Merkel

1.   Neue Zuercher Zeitung, 13.10.2006: Keine Angst vor dem schiitischen Halbmond: Irans aggressive Rhetorik führt zur Eindämmung der Bedrohung  
















































































































































































































































































































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