Areas of Expertise

  • German and US foreign and security policy
  • European and transatlantic security policy
  • Security organizations
  • Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms control


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As head of DGAP Study Groups, Henning Riecke is responsible for the Study Groups on “Strategic Issues” and “European Policy”; he shares responsibility for “Future Global Issues.” Riecke’s research focuses on “International Order and Democracy.” He served as head of DGAP’s USA/Transatlantic Relations Program from 2009 to 2019.

Prior to joining DGAP in 2000, Riecke was a Thyssen Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he worked on a project on US small arms and light weapons policy. Between 1994 and 1999, he held several positions at the Center for Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1995, he spent five months as a visiting fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Riecke earned his PhD in political science at the Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on the Clinton administration’s nuclear non-proliferation policy. He studied political science, history, national economy, and international relations in Frankfurt/Main and Berlin.

Dr. Henning Riecke



Mission Possible in the Strait of Hormuz

Giving a flat “no” to a naval mission to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf does not solve Germany’s dilemmas.

Dr. Henning Riecke
External Publications

Der Pyrrhussieg der Demokraten

Was die Machtverschiebung im Kongress für die USA, Deutschland und Europa bedeutet
Dr. Josef Braml
Dr. Jana Puglierin
Dr. Henning Riecke
et al.
Policy Brief