Publications by Prof. Stefan Fröhlich

Das Ende der Selbstfesselung – Deutsche Außenpolitik in einer Welt ohne Führung

Published in 2019 by Springer Fachmedien Verlag.


Europe is caught in permanent crises: Nationalism, Brexit und and opposing views relating to migration, the reform of the Eurozone and improvment of global competitiveness endanger europes unity. At the same time China and Russia increase their pressure on the European Union,  the developments at the southern border and at least the USA. Since the election of Donald Trump the values of Germany`s foreign policy are disrupted and also the liberal international order is under fire. Because of these circumstances in his new essay Stefan Fröhlich is in favor of an reorientation of Germany`s self-understanding in europe and the world: Germany`s foreign policy has an better reputation than minded. The country crossed a lot of red lines during the last years and reached for more and more charge. Also because of this it`s more than cynical, that especially the groups which refuse more global responseability are criticizing Germany`s egotism.


The Changing East Asian Security Landscape. Challenges, Actors and Governance

Published in 2017/2018 by Springer VS.




The book by Prof. Dr. Stefan Fröhlich and Prof. Dr. Howard Loewen examines a highly relevant empirical issue in International Rela- tions. A group of renowned scholars analyzes the new dynamics of East  Asian Security and its respective governance structure challenging the  conventional wisdom that the US as the traditional offshore balancer in the region is still the most definitive element in determining the outcomes in the region. Since the US pivot and other actors’ responses to it the security landscape has changed in form, size and function. In order to analyze and explain these changes, the authors apply hypotheses derived from Inter- national Relations middle range theories (i.e. soft and hard balancing) to  cases of bilateral and multilateral security governance in East Asia.


„Suspicious Minds: U.S. German Relations in The Trump Era.“

Published in 2017 by Transatlantic Academy.


As the Trump administration settles in, and attention turns to the September parliamentary elections in Germany, where is the U.S.-German relationship heading? The fellows of the Transatlantic Academy, Frédéric Bozo, Prof. Dr. Stefan Fröhlich, Wade Jacoby, Harold James, Michael Kimmage, Hans Kundani, Yascha Mounk, Ted Reinert, Mary Elise Sarotte, Stephen F. Szabo and Heidi Tworek have spent the past eight months focusing on this topic. Their report Suspicious Minds: U.S.-German Relations in the Trump Era argues that the relationship, while close at the government level in recent years under Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama, is challenged by underlying divisions on economic policies, security policies, and the role of German leadership in the European Union. The presidency of Donald Trump, who has questioned fundamental principles of U.S. foreign policy that have been shared by both parties and go back decades, may dramatically worsen U.S.-German relations. The fellows offer recommendations for U.S., German, and European policymakers going forward.


„Berlin’s New Pragmatism in an Era of Radical Uncertainty“

Published in 2017 by German Marshall Fund.


Germany has emerged as the EU’s central economic and political power in today’s crisis-ridden Europe. The U.K., after the Brexit vote, has probably dropped out of global crisis management for quite a while and the United States, under President Barack Obama, already significantly retrenched from global commitments. Thus the election of Donald Trump marks a pivotal moment for German foreign and security policy as it puts Washington’s European allies under even more pressure to radically rethink their security.

Though Germany does not have the ability or aspiration to act as the world’s liberal hegemon, Berlin is not complacent. Germany has played a leading role in the Western response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and its role in supporting security on the EU’s southern flank is growing. The country is set to increase its defense budget, and will advance EU defense cooperation, together with France. Berlin has also led Europe in the euro crisis — accepting compromises on a new degree of integration — and in the refugee crisis, a case which shows the limits of German “hegemony” in Europe.

The current situation involves both opportunities and risks, but it does not mean the end of transatlantic cooperation. The Trump administration will realize that the future world order needs interconnected strategies and integrative systems. Without transatlantic cooperation, Washington will not get far in dealing with these challenges. Instead of reacting with the usual mix of resignation and indecision, Germany and its European partners should therefore use Trump’s threats as an opportunity to overcome their own political malaise. The best way to do so will be to provide strong evidence of German (and European) engagement — particularly via higher defense contributions, a more assertive stance vis-a-vis China’s trade and investment policies, and efforts to overcome bilateral trade imbalances.

Die Europäische Union als globaler Akteur

Published in 2014 by Springer VS, 2. überarbeitete Neuauflage

Die Europäische Union als globaler Akteur



Dieses Studienbuch bietet einen Gesamtblick auf die europäische Außenpolitik und auf die globale Rolle der Europäischen Union. Neben der institutionellen Architektur und Praxis der GASP und ESVP werden die zentralen Dimensionen und Instrumente der europäischen Außenwirtschafts- und Außenbeziehungen sowie das Verhältnis der EU zu den wichtigen internationalen Organisationen, Ländern und Weltregionen behandelt.



“Fröhlich macht deutlich, dass es zu einer aktiven Rolle der EU als globaler Akteur keine Alternativen gibt […] eine eindrucksvolle Schilderung der gemeinsamen Interessen der Europäer […].”  (FAZ, 15.10.2008)

“In seiner hervorragenden Abhandlung […] gelingt es Stefan Fröhlich, das Netz von Außenbeziehungen der Gemeinschaft in seiner gesamten Bandbreite zu repäsentieren.”   (Novo Argumente, 5-8-2009)

“Wer sich fundiert über die außen- und sicherheitspolitische Dimension der EU informieren will, ist mit dem Buch von Fröhlich bestens bedient.”   (Politische Studien, März/April 2008)


Anlass für die Neuauflage dieses Lehrbuchs ist die Änderung der Europäischen Verträge durch den Vertrag von Lissabon.

The New Geopolitics of Transatlantic Relations

Published in 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press


The United States and Europe encounter many of the same foreign policy challenges, challenges that diversely impact the two regions and produce different—but often complementary—responses. In regard to Russia’s renewed assertiveness, for example, the issue for the United States is one of global competition, whereas Europe’s concern is local because Russia is a major supplier of oil and gas. Where the United States may pursue confrontation, Europe is more likely to operate with conciliation. This book develops a framework for future U.S.-Europe relations as the two world powers work toward meaningful and logical solutions to their shared foreign policy problems.

The author identifies commonalities and differences in the two regions’ economic aims, political habits, and cultural history. What Europe and the United States share means that their future relations should and will be more than occasional collaborations, even if they no longer pursue a common mission. Ultimately, the book sets forth a new transatlantic agenda by discussing principal areas of concern.



“The real contribution of the book lies in the masterful way the author brings together the large complex of issues and trends in the transatlantic relationship in a comprehensive and understandable way. The author provides an excellent and balanced survey of the key trends and fissures between North America and Europe without falling into an unrealistic pessimism. He also brings together an impressive amount of both primary and secondary source material in a well-organized and readable style.”

(Stephen Szabo, Executive Director, Transatlantic Academy )


“What makes this book interesting is the combination of economic, security, and foreign policy considerations as a way to analyze the current state of the Atlantic alliance. It is in this context that it presents an interesting normative approach to the crisis in transatlantic relations prompted by the war in Iraq.”

(Dieter Dettke, former U.S. Representative and Executive Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation)

Zehn Jahre Deutschland in Afghanistan – Der Deutsche Einsatz in Afghanistan: Eine Bilanz.

Published in 2011 by VS Verlag Wiesbaden: Sonderheft der Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik.

(in co-authorship with Klaus Brummer)



Dieses Sonderheft der „Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik“ (ZfAS) analysiert das militärische und zivile Engagement der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Afghanistan seit 2001. Die 14 Beiträge verorten Deutschlands Afghanistanpolitik im Rahmen von internationalen Organisationen (NATO, EU, Vereinte Nationen), untersuchen die innenpolitische Rückkopplung der deutschen Politik in Parteien und Bevölkerung und beleuchten spezifische Handlungsstrategien (vernetzte Sicherheit) und Handlungsfelder (u. a. Drogenbekämpfung). Sie fragen außerdem nach dem Einfluss von Überzeugungen einzelner Entscheidungsträger auf die deutsche Afghanistanpolitik, diskutieren die Folgen des Einsatzes am Hindukusch für das deutsche „Zivilmachtsverständnis“ und erörtern die Konsequenzen des nunmehr zehnjährigen Engagements in Afghanistan für die transatlantischen Beziehungen. Insgesamt zeigen die Beiträge vielfache Unklarheiten in der deutschen Politik gegenüber Afghanistan auf, etwa: Was bedeutet das Konzept der „vernetzten Sicherheit“ in der Praxis? Befindet sich Deutschland in einem „Krieg“? Und wann muss bzw. darf der Abzug beginnen?



  • Fröhlich S.: Der Einfluss äußerer Wirkkräfte auf den europäischen Einigungsprozess In: Barbara Lippert, Peter Becker (Hrsg.): Handbuch Europäische Union, Bd 1, Wiesbaden: Springer 2020
  • Fröhlich S.: Die USA und Europa, in: Georg Schild, Andrew Dension (Hrsg.): Länderbericht USA , Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Bonn 2020
  • Fröhlich S.: Leitlinien der US-amerikanischen Außenpolitik, in: Christan Lammert, Markus Siewert, Boris Vormann (Hrsg.): Handbuch Politik USAWiesbaden: Springer 2020