Hans-Joachim Spanger


Head of Research Group and member of the Executive Board of the Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt.

Previous Positions: Research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London (1987-1988), member (since 2005) and chairman (since 2007) of the Advisory Board on “Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building”of the German Foreign Ministry.

Selected publications: “After the Caucasian War: Engaging, not Containing Russia” (2008, co­author); “Power without Purpose – George W. Bush’s Failed Policy towards Russia” (2008);“Between Ground Zero and Square One. How George W. Bush failed on Russia”(2008), “EU-Russland: Was bleibt von der strategischen Partnerschaft?” (2007), “Paradoxe Kontinuitдten: Die deutsche Russlandpolitik und die koalitionдren Farbenlehren” (2005),“Modernisierung contra Demokratisierung. Putins Russischer Weg” (2004).


Where Will Escalation Over Syria Take Russia and the US?
The new situation destroys what was possibly the last avenue for Russia-US cooperation. US cannot launch missile strikes with impunity. Presumable Assad victory could lead to a displacement of
New Old European Security Architecture - Building Bridges
Arms control is not a panacea. It has never managed to transform a relationship, it just "freezes" the situation. Yet by stabilizing mutual expectations it might contribute to
Valdai Paper #47: Russia’s Turn Eastward, China’s Turn Westward: Cooperation and…
This Paper presents and analyzes the various elements connected to Russia’s Asia pivot and the concurrent moves in the East.
NATO and Russia: Will They Reach a ‘Gentlemen's Agreement’?
On Wednesday, April 20, NATO-Russia Council held its first session after almost two years’ break with the issues of Ukraine, Afghanistan, and security of military activities in East Europe high on the
Montenegro’s NATO Accession Is a Political Signal, but Not a Threat
Montenegro is not a military threat whatsoever neither for Russia, nor for NATO.
The German Unification 25 Years Later: Unfinished Business
The German unification of 25 years ago has proven an unprecedented experiment in social engineering and an equally unprecedented economic challenge for the country.
Russia Without Vladimir Putin
A “Russia without Putin” will certainly come about, probably sooner rather than later. It is therefore worth thinking about not only the consequences, but also about the prerequisites of a smooth