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Dr. Harald Edinger

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Project "Leader Types and (Liberal?) Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic", German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Harald is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). In this position, he is supporting the President of the Institute, working on several journal publications, and designing a new project on Russian nuclear strategy and deterrence. He also teaches seminars at the University of Hamburg. In his doctoral thesis, written at the University of Oxford, Harald used affect and emotion as a conceptual lens to analyse Russian foreign and security policy vis-à-vis Europe. Prior to academia, he worked in management consulting and European financial regulation.

Research Interests

  • International Relations Theory
  • Political Psychology
  • Political Economy
  • European Integration and Security
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Changing character of conflict and war

Current Research projects at SCRIPTS

Harald has been working in the project "Leader Types and (Liberal?) Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic" since 01 September 2021. This project compares the key decision-makers in the pandemic, with a focus on leaders, their health ministers, and their finance ministers and the narratives used during the pandemic.

Journal Articles (peer reviewed)

Edinger, Harald, Theory of Irrational Politics: Classical Realist Lessons on Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Review 23(1), 2021. doi.org/10.1093/isr/viaa095.

Edinger, Harald, Putin and the Two Fears of the Prince, E-International Relations, 2021.

Edinger, Harald, Fear in International Relations, E-International Relations, 2020.

Edinger, Harald, Bored Enough Yet? International Order, Ideology, and What Could Get History Started Again, International Affairs 94(1), 2018. doi.org/10.1093/ia/iix247.

Edinger, Harald, Tajikistan: Political Economy of Drug Addiction, The Public Sphere 3(1), 2016.