Professor Ludger Kühnhardt


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Professor Ludger Kühnhardt, is Director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn University and Professor of Political Science at Bonn University. He has extended political and academic consultancy experience, among others for the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the President of the European Parliament, the Parliament of the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS), the West Africa Institute (WAI), the European Humanities University and the German Catholic Bishop’s Conference. From 1987 to 1989, Kühnhardt was speechwriter for Germany’s Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker. He was Professor of Political Science at Freiburg University and Visiting Professor at prestigious universities around the world, among them Cape Town University, Jena University, College of Europe, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Seoul National University, St. Antony’s College Oxford, Canterbury University Christchurch(New Zealand) and Tongji University Shanghai. He regularly lectures at the Catholic University Milan, the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and, twice, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., which has appointed him a Global Fellow. Professor Kühnhardt has published more than thirty books, including: European Union – The Second Founding, 2008; Region-Building. The Global Proliferation of Regional Integration, 2 vol., New York/Oxford, 2010; Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners, Washington D.C., 2014; The Global Society and its Enemies, 2017. He has lectured in almost hundred countries on all continents. In 2004, he was awarded the European Science Prize of the European Cultural Foundation. He was born in 1958 in Münster/Germany, and is married with two children.