Wilfried Jilge

Program Officer, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary history and politics in Ukraine
  • German and European relations with Ukraine within the context of EU integration and the EU’s neighborhood policy
  • Contemporary history and politics in the Russian Federation
  • Domestic and foreign-policy implications of the Ukraine-Russia crisis
  • Nationalism, identity-based politics, and new currents of Slavophilism in post-Soviet Russia
  • History of the German nationalist/anti-democratic movement in the Lands of the Bohemian Crown

Languages

Ukrainian, Russian, English, Polish

Contact

Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-62
Email: jilge@dgap.org

If you are interested in an internship in the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, please contact Juulia Barthel: barthel@dgap.org.

Wilfried Jilge, historian of Eastern Europe, joined the DGAP’s Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia as a program officer in March 2016. His areas of specialization are contemporary history and politics in Ukraine and in Russia and the history of the Sudeten German nationalist movement.

In 2012–14, as a fellow at the Universität Leipzig’s Institute for Slavic Studies he prepared a study of German nationalism within the first Czech Republic, particularly the construction of Sudeten-German identity through such völkisch movements as the Kameradschaftsbund. The project, entitled “Heroischer Nationalismus: Der Sudetendeutsche Kameradschaftsbund und die Konstruktion sudetendeutscher Identität in der Ersten Tschechoslowakischen Republik,” was supported by the German Ministry for Culture and Media. As a research fellow at the Universität Leipzig’s GWZO (Center for the History and Culture of East Central Europe) between 2001 and 2010, he examined various aspects of post-Soviet Ukraine – including politics of memory, collective cultures of remembrance, political and collective identity, and nation building – and related matters in Eastern and Central Europe and also worked on post-Stalinist Soviet Ukraine.

Additional areas of interest include German and European relations with Ukraine within the context of EU integration and the EU’s neighborhood policy; domestic and foreign-policy implications of the Ukraine-Russia crisis; and new currents in post-Soviet Russia of nationalism, Slavophilism, geopolitical identity, and identity-based politics.

Jilge, who has spent considerable time in Kiev and spent 2013–14 conducting research in Moscow, is currently a visiting lecturer at the Universität Leipzig and an associate scholar (since 2015) at the Universität St. Gallen’s Center for Governance and Culture in Europe. He recently led a seminar at the Universität Basel on nation building and identity politics in modern Ukraine. He has advised members of the German Bundestag and European parliament on matters relating to Ukraine and served in 2014 on an expert advisory group coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft Osteuropakunde and sponsored by the German foreign ministry to develop recommendations for German policy toward Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He serves on the board of Kiewer Gespräche, a German-Ukrainian civil forum of which he is a founding member.

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Selected Publications

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
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