Until 2013, Hannes Adomeit (DiplPol, Freie Universität Berlin and PhD, Columbia University) was Professor for Russian and European Studies at the Warsaw campus of the College of Europe. Until 2007, he served as Senior Research Associate and, at times, Head of the research section on Russia and Eurasia at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin. In research and teaching, he dealt with the collapse of the Soviet Union and German unification at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and spent time as a Fellow at the Harvard Russian Research Center.
Professor Adomeit has authored or co-authored several books and articles in leading journals. A noteworthy example of the former is Imperial Overstretch: Germany in Soviet Policy from Stalin to Gorbachev. An Analysis Based on New Archival Evidence, Memoirs, and Interviews (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 1998).
While at AICGS as a DAAD fellow during April and May 2014, he will focus on German relations with Russia in the context of the Ukrainian crisis. This will form the basis for a comparison of German and U.S. approaches toward Russia and Eastern Europe. The comparative perspective, in turn, should provide answers to the problem of whether Berlin and Washington can arrive at a common view of what has gone wrong in the relationship with Russia and what can be done to arrest a dangerous drift back to another division of Europe. Professor Adomeit will use internet sources on the German and Russian dimensions of the problem and conduct interviews with policymakers and analysts in Washington, DC on U.S. perceptions and policies.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)