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Dr. Arndt Michael

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Arndt Michael, born 1975, is a German jurist and political scientist whose main areas of expertise include international relations theory, India’s Foreign Policy, South Asian regionalism, and European Foreign and Security Policy. He is currently the coordinator of the Colloquium politicum at the University of Freiburg and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Chair for International Relations, University of Freiburg.

Arndt Michael studied law and social sciences at the University of Freiburg (Germany), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India). He completed his Ph.D. in 2009 at the University of Freiburg, holds a joint M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Freiburg and the University of KwaZulu- Natal (2004) and passed the Second State Law Examination in 2001.

Since 2005, he has been a research fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for Socio-Cultural Research in Freiburg, Germany. He has conducted extensive field work in India and he taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the frame of a DAAD short-term lectureship from January to May 2012. He has published on various aspects of Indian domestic and foreign policy and presented and lectured at various universities and institutions in and outside Germany, e.g. in Byblos, Duhok, Montreal, Stockholm as well as the German Foreign Ministry.

His book “India’s Foreign Policy and Regional Multilateralism” (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) received the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Award 2012 for Political Science (University of Freiburg, Germany), the Cecil B. Currey Book Award 2013 from the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS, USA) and the Gisela Bonn Award 2013 from the German-Indo-Society (Deutsch-Indische-Gesellschaft, Stuttgart).


Publications (excerpt):

Die indische Afrikapolitik. Die wirtschaftliche und sicherheitspolitische Wiederentdeckung des afrikanischen Kontinents im 21. Jahrhundert, in: H. Asche (Hrsg.) (2010), Afrika: Partner auf gleicher Augenhöhe oder Spielball externer Akteure?, pp.139-156. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

India’s educational system: Acknowledging diversity, contributing to national unity, in: Hanf, Theodor (Hrsg.) (2011), The political function of education in deeply divided countries, pp. 221-232. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Book review: International Relations in South Asia: Search for an alternative paradigm. In: Internationales Asienforum 2011, Vol. 1-24, pp. 174-175.

India’s Foreign Policy and Regional Multilateralism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.


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