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Dr. Falk Ostermann

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Professur für Internationale Beziehungen

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Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21E

35394 Gießen

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News

NEW BLOG ENTRY: "A New Defense Policy Yet to Come. Two Remarks on the Current State of CSDP". Verfassungsblog 2019/3/27, DOI: https://doi.org/10.17176/20190517-144410-0.

NEW BOOK:
Security, Defense Discourse and Identity in NATO and Europe. How France Changed Foreign Policy. London and New York: Routledge.

Prüfungen Erstes Staatsexamen | zentrale Informationsveranstaltung | Themenvergabe
Die Themen für die mündlichen und schriftlichen Prüfungen im Ersten Staatsexamen werden an der Professur für Internationale Beziehungen zentral vergeben (Prüfer*innen: Prof. Dr. Helmut Breitmeier, Dr. Falk Ostermann, Dr. Alexander Reichwein).
Studierende, die von uns in den Grundwissenschaften geprüft werden wollen, können einen unserer Namen bei der Lehrkräfteakademie als Prüfer*innenwunsch angeben. Die Zuteilung übernimmt die Lehrkräfteakademie. Es ist KEINE Unterschrift von uns nötig! Bitte sehen Sie bis zur Infoveranstaltung (s.u.) von individuellen Anfragen an die Prüfer*innen ab.
Studierende, die von uns im Hauptfach PoWi Klausur schreiben oder mündlich geprüft werden wollen, melden sich bitte ab JETZT in den Sprechstunden.
Zur Prüfungsvorbereitung findet am Mi., 18.12.2019 von 14:15-15:45 Uhr, Philosophikum II, Gebäude E, Raum 106 eine zentrale Informationsveranstaltung statt, zu der alle Prüflinge herzlich eingeladen sind.

_aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen

Expertise:

- Party Politics of Foreign Policy
- Parliamentary Control of Military Missions
- French Foreign, Security and Defense Policy
- Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU (CSDP)
- NATO
- Critical Security Studies
- Constructivism, Interpretive Methods, Discourse Analysis, Methodology

My current research focuses on the party politics of foreign policy in a comparative perspective, especially regarding military operations. I am one of the principal investigators of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung-funded Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database (www.deploymentvotewatch.eu).

I have a broader interest in European defense, NATO, and transatlantic relations, including related foreign policies, and identities.

Additionally, I am a specialist on French foreign, security, defense policy and its identity constructions, with a particular focus on Europe, NATO, and transatlantic relations.

For details see the Research tab.

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae

2017 - ~

project leader Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database (www.deploymentvotewatch.eu)

  • 2019-2021 funded with a grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation ("Politicization of Security Policy in Comparative Perspective")

Member of the Examination Committee, vocational teachers training programs, Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

External Certificate/ Credit Recognition Officer for BA Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

 

2017-2019

Project Leader Germany, Making Identity Count, headed by the National University Singapore (NUS, https://www.makingidentitycount.org/)


2015 - ~

Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

speaker of the section Norms and Change in World Politics, Giessen Graduate School of Social Sciences, Economics, and Law (GGS), Justus Liebig University Giessen

 

2015 (June)

Visiting Scholar at Sciences Po Paris (CERI – Centre de recherches internationales), project on the parliamentary control of military missions 

 

2015 (April)

PhD, thesis on ‘French Security and Defense policy under Sarkozy and Chirac. The Discursive Reconstruction of Autonomy, Integration, and Identity’ (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner)

 

2014-2015

Assistant Professor of International Security Governance, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

2011-2014

Grantee of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) – full 3-years PhD research grant

 

2010-2014

Associate PhD Researcher, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

2009-2010

Substitute teacher of French

 

2007-2010

Student and research assistant to Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Thomas Ziehe, the Institute for Educational Science, and the Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities at the Leibniz University Hanover, Germany

 

2006-2007

Foreign Language Assistant, Académie de Versailles, Suresnes, France

 

2003-2008

studies of Political Science and French, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany (secondary subjects: Educational Science, Philosophy, Psychology) – First State Examination for Secondary Education (BA&MSc equivalent)


 

Review Activities for Journals, Publishing Houses and other Institutions:

    • British Journal of Politics and International Relations
    • European Security
    • Foreign Policy Analysis
    • International Relations
    • Journal of Common Market Studies
    • Oxford University Press
    • Revista de Ciencia Politica
    • Security Dialogue
    • Wissenschaft & Sicherheit online
    • Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen

 

    • JSTOR Security Studies database, advisory group member

 

Memberships:

    • Member of the International Studies Association (ISA, sections: Theory, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Security Studies)
    • Member of the European International Studies Association (EISA)

Publications

Publications

NEW BLOG ENTRY: "A New Defense Policy Yet to Come. Two Remarks on the Current State of CSDP". Verfassungsblog 2019/3/27, DOI: https://doi.org/10.17176/20190517-144410-0 oder https://verfassungsblog.de/a-new-defense-policy-yet-to-come/.

JUST OUT (2019): “Applying Discourse Theory and Interpretive Policy Analysis on Foreign Policy: The Case of the French Engagement in the Libyan War.” SAGE Research Methods Cases. (

Ostermann, Falk (2019). Security, Defense Discourse and Identity in NATO and Europe. How France Changed Foreign Policy. London and New York: Routledge. (https://www.routledge.com/Security-Defence-Discourse-and-Identity-in-NATO-and-Europe-How-France/Ostermann/p/book/9781138585409).

Ostermann, Falk (2018). "Party politics at the water's edge: contestation of military operations in Europe". European Political Science Review, vol. 10:4, 537-563 (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773918000097) (with W. Wagner, A. Herranz-Surrallés, and J. Kaarbo).

Ostermann, Falk (2017). Politicization, Party Politics and Military Missions: Deployment Votes in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Discussion Paper SP IV 2017-101, WZB Berlin Social Science Center (https://bibliothek.wzb.eu/pdf/2017/iv17-101.pdf) (with W. Wagner, A. Herranz-Surrallés, and J. Kaarbo).

Ostermann, Falk (2017). "The party politics of legislative-executive relations in security and defense policy". West European Politics, vol 40:1, 20-41 [online first 2016] (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2016.1240413) (with W. Wagner, A. Herranz-Surrallés, and J. Kaarbo).

Ostermann, Falk (2017). "France's Reluctant Parliamentarization of Military Deployments. The 2008 Constitutional Reform in Practice". West European Politics, vol 40:1, 101-118 [online first 2016]. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2016.1244751).

Ostermann, Falk (2016). "Was wir aus Trump lernen sollten." Frankfurter Rundschau, 16 Dec 2016, p. 10 (with Helmut Breitmeier and Eike-Christian Hornig).

Ostermann, Falk (2016). "The discursive construction of intervention: selves, democratic legacies, and Responsibility to Protect in French discourse on Libya". European Security, vol. 25:1, pp. 1-20 [online first 2015].

Ostermann, Falk (2015). "The end of ambivalence and the triumph of pragmatism: the renewal of Franco-British security and defence cooperation in the light of European and Atlantic defence policy traditions". International Relations, vol. 29:3, pp. 334-347.

Ostermann, Falk (2012). "In the Aftermath of French NATO Reintegration: The Normalization of French EU Policies in Security and Defense".  In Marian Majer, Robert Ondrejcsak and Vladimir Tarasovic (eds.), Panorama of global security environment 2012 (Bratislava: Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs), pp. 215-225.

Ostermann, Falk (2011). "EU-China Relations. Strategic or pragmatic, the future or already the past?" Atlantisch perspectief, vol. 35:2, pp. 19-24 (with Matthias Stepan).

Teaching

Teaching & Lectures

2019

lecture Why Political Speech is More than Rhetoric. University of Siegen, Germany.

lecture What does it Mean to be a NATO Member (today)? Aufbauakademie Sicherheitspolitik Berlin. Bundesverband für Sicherheitspolitik an Hochschulen.

lecture Research Avenues in Critical Security Studies, Maastricht University College, The Netherlands.

teaching Asssessing U.S. Foreign Policy under Donald Trump: "The End of the World as We Know It"? (MA), Franco-German Relations and the Future of Europe (Die deutsch-französischen Beziehungen und die Zukunft Europas; vocational teachers' training)

2018-19

teaching Introduction to IR: Classics and Critics (Einführung in die IB: Klassiker & Kritiker; BA), Comparing Security Institutions and Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe et al. (Sicherheitsinstitutionen und Regionen im Vergleich; vocational teachers' training)

2018

lecture Critical Security Studies: Charting the High Ground, and Doing It. Maastricht University College, The Netherlands.

lecture Constructivism in Foreign Policy Analysis, Maastricht University College, The Netherlands.

public lecture In welcher Gesellschaft wollen wir eigentlich leben? Frauenunion Northeim-Einbeck. Germany

teaching Ideas, Norms, Identity, and All That Stuff: Constructivism in International Security Studies (MA), Franco-German Relations and the Future of Europe (Die deutsch-französischen Beziehungen und die Zukunft Europas; vocational teachers' training)

2017-2018

lecture Constructivism in Foreign Policy Analysis, Maastricht University College, The Netherlands

teaching Security Institutions and Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe et al. (Sicherheitsinstitutionen und Regionen im Vergleich; vocational teachers' training), Introduction to Political Education and Selected Issues (Einführung in die politische Bildung und ausgewählte Themenfelder; vocational teachers' training)

2017

public lecture Populismus in Deutschland – alle sind gefordert, Social-Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) AG60+, Einbeck, Germany

public lecture Kontroversen: Folgen terroristischer Gewalt, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany (panelist)  
public lecture Populismus und Wahlen in Deutschland und Europa: Was wir aus Trumps Wahlerfolg lernen sollten, Einbeck ist bunt, Einbeck, Germany

teaching Franco-German Relations: Past, Present, and Future (Die deutsch-französischen Beziehungen: Geschichte, Gegenwart und Zukunft; BA), The Pivot to Asia Reconsidered: US Foreign Policy in Asia from Obama to Trump (MA)

2016-17

lecture Constructivism in Foreign Policy Analysis, Maastricht University College, The Netherlands

public lecture Wie konnte es dazu kommen? / How did this happen? — America after the Elections’, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany (panelist)

teaching Introduction to IR: Classics and Critics (Einführung in die IB: Klassiker & Kritiker; BA), Comparing Security Institutions and Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe et al. (Sicherheitsinstitutionen und Regionen im Vergleich; BA)

2016

teaching Contextualizing U.S.. Foreign Policy: The pivot to Asia as a Change to America’s Strategy in Europe? (MA), Model United Nations: The Negotiations on a New Global Climate Regime (UN-Simulationsspiel – Die globalen Verhandlungen für ein neues Klimaregime; BA)

lecture Transatlantic Crises and the Future of NATO, Rotterdam Summer School on Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2015-16

lecture Constructivism and Critical Theory – Ontological and Epistemological Avenues, Maastricht University College, The Netherlands

lecture ”Why Is There No NATO in Asia” – Conflicting Perspectives on Asian Security Regionalism, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

lecture Constructivism and Critical Theory in Foreign Policy Analysis, Maastricht University College, The Netherlands

teaching Politics of International Security, BSc Minor International Security, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

teaching Introduction to IR: Classics and Critics (Einführung in die IB: Klassiker & Kritiker; BA), Comparing Security Institutions and Regions: Asia, NATO, EU, UN et al. (Sicherheitsinstitutionen und Regionen im Vergleich; vocational teachers' training)

2014-15

lecture The End of the World as We Know It'? Insights from France, and the Future of Euro-Atlantic Defense Cooperation, University of Passau, Germany

lecture and project-based learning unit on ‘Constructivism’, Erasmus University College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

teaching Politics of International Security, Security Studies, Governance of Security and Policing, Political Analysis (methodology) – BSc Political Science, BSc Minor International Security, MSc Public Administration, LLM level Law and Politics of International Security – VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

successful completion VU OLC Academy (for membership in program committees)

Dutch University Teaching Qualification certificate (BKO)

member Programme Committees (evaluation, curriculum development), BSc & MSc Political Science, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

2012 - 2015

chair, Programme Committee, LLM Law and Politics of International Security,  VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

2011-2015

teaching Security Studies in the LLM Law and Politics of International Security, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research

Research

Ongoing Research Projects

I am currently engaged in the following research projects:

 

Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database (PDVD): The Party Politics of Foreign Policy

Duration: 2015 - ~

  • 2019-2021 funded with a grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation ("Politicization of Security Policy in Comparative Perspective")

Short description: The Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database is a joint project headed from Giessen with colleagues from the Netherlands and the UK that deals with party-political positionings and the politicization of military missions. The project has two goals:

    1. We aim at driving theorizing on the role of parties and ideologies in foreign policy further.
    2. We are compiling a growing, increasingly global database – www.deploymentvotewatch.eu  – that collects data on parliamentary voting behavior of political parties on military deployments and international treaties.

Further Information: www.deploymentvotewatch.eu

Selected Publications:

  • Wagner, Wolfgang, Anna Herranz-Surrallés, Juliet Kaarbo, and Falk Ostermann. 2018. "Party politics at the water's edge: contestation of military operations in Europe". European Political Science Review 10(4), 537-563, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773918000097
  • Ostermann, Falk. 2017. "France’s reluctant parliamentarisation of military deployments: the 2008 constitutional reform in practice."  West European Politics 40(1):101-118.
  • Wagner, Wolfgang, Anna Herranz-Surrallés, Juliet Kaarbo, and Falk Ostermann. 2017. "The Party Politics of Legislative-Executive Relations in Security and Defence Policy."  West European Politics 40 (1):20-41.

 

Community in Crisis: Ideas and Practices of Cooperation in NATO since 2009

Duration: 2018 - ~

Short description: I am currently starting a research project that investigates the development of ideas and practices of transatlantic defense cooperation in the realm of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It aims at understanding the relationship between political crisis, daily practices of cooperation in allied institutions, and the development of the ideational framework that binds transatlantic agents together in a Community of Practice.

 

Completed Research Project Participation

Making Identity Count

Duration: 2017-2019

Short description: Making Identity Count is a global project spearheaded by the National University of Singapore (NUS) researcher Ted Hopf that aims at compiling a new national identity database for use in comparative politics. In opposition to existing work, the project measures national identity discursively on a variety of sources (leadership speeches, newspapers, literature, and other media) before it is translated into numerical terms that can be used with statistical methods.

I was the country leader of this project for Germany. Students of the Department of Political Science at JLU have actively participated in the compilation of the database.

Further Information: https://www.makingidentitycount.org/

Selected Publications:

  • Hopf, Ted and Bentley B. Allan (eds., 2016). Making Identity Count. Building a National Identity Database. Oxford University Press.