Dr. Falk Ostermann
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Telefon: (0641) 99–23115
Fax: (0641) 99–23119
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JUST OUT: "Applying discourse theory and interpretive policy analysis on foreign policy: The case of the french engagement in the Libyan war." SAGE Research Methods Cases. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781526478016.
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.
NOW IN PRINT VERSION: "Party politics at the water's edge: contestation of military operations in Europe". European Political Science Review, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773918000097 .
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Sprechzeiten: Mo-Fr 10-11 Uhr
Tel.: (0641) 99 - 23110
Fax: (0641) 99 - 23119
- _aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen
- French Foreign, Security and Defense Policy
- Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU (CSDP)
- Critical Security Studies
- Parliamentary Control of Military Missions
- Interpretive Methods, Discourse Analysis, Process-Tracing, Methodology
My current research focuses on the parliamentary control of military missions in a comparative perspective. I have a broader interest in changing patterns of cooperation within Euro-Atlantic defense cooperation, including its foreign policies, practices of cooperation in NATO, and practice theory. For details see the tab.
In my PhD project, I have investigated French security and defense discourses on NATO and European cooperation and their underlying identity constructions. My research gives testament to changes in the French conceptualization of the European security and defense architecture. It suggests a normalization of French CSDP policies, unveils an concomitant, ex-post re-signification of NATO reintegration, and it pleads for a new French foreign policy identity and approach to security and defense cooperation that bear broader consequences for Euro-Atlantic cooperation.
- Curriculum vitae
2017 - ~
Project Leader Germany, Making Identity Count, National University Singapure (NUS, https://www.makingidentitycount.org/)
Scientific Project Manager, Webmaster, project Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database (www.deploymentvotewatch.eu)
Member of the Examination Committee, teacher 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
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
Visiting Scholar at Sciences Po Paris (CERI – Centre de recherches internationales), project on the parliamentary control of military missions
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)
Assistant Professor of International Security Governance, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Grantee of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) – full 3-years PhD research grant
Associate PhD Researcher, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Substitute teacher of French
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
Foreign Language Assistant, Académie de Versailles, Suresnes, France
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
- Member of the International Studies Association (ISA, sections: Theory, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Security Studies)
- Member of the European International Studies Association (EISA)
JUST OUT 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 & Lectures
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
teaching Security Studies in the LLM Law and Politics of International Security, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I am currently engaged in the following research projects:
Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database (PDVD): The Party Politics of Foreign Policy
Duration: 2015 - ~
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:
- We aim at newly theorizing the role of parties and ideologies in foreign policy.
- We are compiling a growing, increasingly global database – www.deploymentvotewatch.eu – that collects data on parliamentary voting behavior of political parties on military deployments.
I am the Scientific Manager of this project.
Further Information: www.deploymentvotewatch.eu
- Wagner, Wolfgang, Anna Herranz-Surrallés, Juliet Kaarbo, and Falk Ostermann. 2018 (online first). "Party politics at the water's edge: contestation of military operations in Europe". European Political Science Review, 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.
Making Identity Count
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 am the Country Leader Germany of this project. Students of the Department of Political Science at JLU are actively participating in the compilation of the database.
Further Information: https://www.makingidentitycount.org/
- Hopf, Ted and Bentley B. Allan (eds., 2016). Making Identity Count. Building a National Identity Database. Oxford University Press.
Community in Crisis: Ideas and Practices of Cooperation in NATO since 2009
Duration: 2018 - ~
Short description: I am currently preparing 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 agents together in a Community of Practice.