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CIFE is pleased to announce that Susann Heinecke has been appointed Programme Director of the trilingual Master in Advanced European and International Studies - European Policy and Governance. 

Susann Heinecke, born in 1979 in Apolda/Thuringia, has studied political science, cultural studies and journalism in Leipzig and Lyon. She worked at the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum and the University of Leipzig, department of political science. From 2003 to 2007, she received a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Foundation scholarship and taught at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Free Russian-German Institute of Journalism in Moscow, as well as at the School of International Relations of the St. Petersburg State University. Susann Heinecke was regional coordinator of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s lectureship program in Russia in 2004-2005. She participated in the Robert Bosch Foundation's doctoral program at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) “Central and Eastern Europe on the way into the 21 century” in 2005-2007. Consultant for the CIS countries at the state chancellery of Brandenburg in 2007-2009. Doctoral thesis about the German policy towards Russia at the University of Cologne in 2011. Since 2011, she is a research associate at CIFE and currently coordinates a PhD Support Programme for doctoral students from Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus (EUCACIS) as well as the Horizon 2020 project SEnECA.
For the academic year 2019/20, Susann will take on the direction of CIFE'S trilingual Master programme - MAEIS European Policy and Governance.

Language skills: German, English, Russian, French, Spanish.
Research interests: foreign policy analysis, German foreign policy, German-Russian relations, Russian foreign and domestic politics and developments of the CIS region, cultures and politics of memory, theories of international relations.

Some selected publications:


  • Russia and the EU - the helix of alienation  , CIFE note de recherche / policy paper no. 80, 4 pages, Nice, CIFE, January 2019
  • France and Central Asia - Time for a new vision?  , CIFE note de recherche / policy paper no. 73, 5 pages, Nice, CIFE, July 2018
  • Towards a new deal with Russia?”    , CIFE note de recherche / policy paper no. 16, 4 pages, Paris, CIFE, 2015 (published as hard copy, pp. 107-114 in: Hartmut Marhold, ed.: Europe under stress. Internal and External Challenges for the EU and its Member States, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016) 
  • Susann Heinecke/Julian Plottka (2015): Preface, pp. 7-9 in: Susann Heinecke/Julian Plottka (eds): The European Union and Central Asia, L'Europe en formation no. 375, Nice: CIFE
  • „Das nationale Selbstverständnis Frankreichs und die Darstellung des Themas ‚Nation und Zweiter Weltkrieg’ in französischen Geschichtslehrbüchern“, S. 201-220 in: Robert Maier (Hrsg.): Zwischen Zählebigkeit und Zerrinnen. Nationalgeschichte im Schulunterricht in Ostmitteleuropa [Studien zur Internationalen Schulbuchforschung, Bd. 112], Hannover: Verlag Hahnsche Buchhandlung, 2004.


  • Susann Heinecke/Julian Plottka (eds) (2015): The European Union and Central Asia, L'Europe en formation no. 375, Nice: CIFE
  • Die deutsche Russlandpolitik 1991-2005. Entwicklungen und gesellschaftliche Einflüsse in außenpolitischen Entscheidungsprozessen. Saarbrücken: Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, 2011. ISBN 978-3-8381-3034-7 
  • "Erinnerungspolitik und Geschichtskonstruktion: Frankreich nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Eine Schulbuchanalyse französischer Geschichtslehrbücher ab 1945", Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2008.
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