Dr. Christian Mölling

Areas of Expertise

  • Security and defence
  • Military capabilities
  • Defence industry
  • Security and defence policy of Germany and other major European countries
  • EU Common Security and Defence Policy
  • NATO

Languages

English, French

Contact

Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-31
Email: moelling@dgap.org

Christian Mölling became deputy director of the DGAP’s research institute in February 2017.

Before joining the DGAP, he held research and leadership positions with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the International Security Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, and the Hamburg Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy.

He has been a visiting fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, and the Paris-based Fondation pour la recherche stratégique.

He studied politics, economics, and history at the universities of Duisburg and Warwick and holds a doctoral degree from Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich.

publications

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Selected Publications

EU Civilian Crisis Management
How the Union Can Live up to Its Ambitions – or Stumble into Irrelevance
by Hannah Neumann, Carina Böttcher, Christian Mölling, Marie Wolf
DGAPkompakt 15 (July 2018), 6 pp.
EU Civilian Crisis Management
Europe’s security situation has drastically changed. Current challenges can neither be tackled by member states individually, nor by military means alone. A new ambitious process at EU level gives member states the opportunity to improve the EU’s civilian crisis management and answer central questions. Most importantly though, member states need to increase their financial and personal commitments, if they want to prevent this trademark of European foreign policy from drifting into irrelevance.
Category: Security, European Union
The United Kingdom’s Contribution to European Security and Defence
by Christian Mölling, Bastian Giegerich
First published as Research Paper on the Military Balance Blog: Posts from the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme, February 2018, 16 pp.
Could defence and security be positive chapters in the Brexit story? Nobody wins if European common security is compromised, argue Bastian Giegerich and Christian Mölling in a new research paper. An unconditional commitment to the security of their citizens should inspire a serious conversation about how the remaining EU member states and the UK can work together.
Category: Military Capacity, United Kingdom
France Moves From EU Defense to European Defense
While the EU is celebrating PESCO, Paris is preparing for closer defense cooperation outside the union
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPviewpoint 16, 2017, 2 pages
France Moves From EU Defense to European Defense
Two parallel developments are currently taking place in European defense. One is the highly publicised expectation that the tiny Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) will transform into a comprehensive and powerful EU defense project. The second development is receiving far less attention. Paris is launching defense cooperation initiatives outside the EU format, thus moving from an EU-focused to a European-oriented defense approach.
Category: Security
Pragmatic and European
France sets new goals for a European defence policy
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPviewpoint 14, October 19, 2017, 3 p.
Pragmatic and European
With his Revue Stratégique, President Macron has given France’s defence policy a new direction. Instead of concentrating on the institutional framework of a European Union defence policy, Paris has placed pragmatic solutions and Europe’s capacity to take action into the forefront. This has consequences for both Germany and Europe: Berlin should give a speedy and constructive answer to Paris.
Category: Security, Europe
How Germany Should Change Its Approach to Arms Control
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
Carnegie Europe, Strategic Europe Blog, September 7, 2017
How Germany Should Change Its Approach to Arms Control
The old habits of Cold-War arms control no longer suit today’s security environment. It is time for Germany to devise a new strategy. Berlin has spearheaded new initiatives for conventional arms control, the most prominent being the 2016 Steinmeier Initiative, yet success has thus far been limited.
Category: Arms Control and WMD
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies
by Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
A Revolution for Europe’s Defense Industry
Paris and Berlin want to jointly develop a European fighter jet.
by Claudia Major, Christian Mölling
DGAPstandpunkt 7, 17 July 2017
A Revolution for Europe’s  Defense Industry
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel took the Franco-German defense partnership to a new level with their announcement on July 13 to jointly develop the next generation European fighter aircraft – the biggest armament project imaginable in Europe at the moment.
Category: Security
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