Tobias Bunde is a PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies. Since 2009, he has also served as a policy advisor to Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference. During his DAAD/AICGS Fellowship in October and November 2013, Tobias conducted interviews for his dissertation on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) contested globalization after 9/11.
Mr. Bunde holds a joint Master’s degree in International Relations from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität, and Universität Potsdam. He also studied at Technische Universität Dresden, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Strasbourg, and George Washington University. Before entering his PhD program, Mr. Bunde was an associate member of the research group “Konfliktgeneratoren” within the Center of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” at Universität Konstanz as well as a research fellow with the Berlin-based think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, where he worked on German foreign policy.
He has conducted research and published on German foreign and security policy, NATO, liberal order building, and the politics of international law. His work has appeared in journals such as Contemporary Security Policy, Sicherheit + Frieden, and WeltTrends, and Mr. Bunde is a contributor to the IR Blog. He has received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and the German-American Fulbright Commission, and is an alumnus of the Manfred Wörner Seminar.
His dissertation, supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Seibel, addresses NATO’s “collective identity” and its consequences. Mr. Bunde is especially interested in how different understandings of NATO’s purpose among transatlantic security elites impact NATO’s ability to serve as an enabler for collective action by its member states. His dissertation aims to explain cohesion and discord among NATO member states in the process of finding a collective response to two defining moments that fundamentally altered the security environment for the transatlantic alliance: the fall of the Berlin Wall, including the subsequent end of the Cold War, and the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)