Associate Fellow, Transatlantic Relations Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Human security
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • United Nations (Security Council, peacekeeping)

Foreign Languages

English, French



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David Bosold is an associate fellow with the Transatlantic Relations Program at the DGAP Research Institute and teaches at the University of Jena.

From February 2008 to March 2011, he was head of the DGAP’s International Forum on Strategic Thinking (2008-2010) and the Council’s EU-Middle East Forum (2011). In addition, he was the DGAP's liaison officer for the second and third year of the International Diplomats Programme in 2010 and 2011. Before joining the DGAP, he was secretary of the Association for Canadian Studies in the German-speaking countries (2005-2007) and coordinated numerous activities between Canadian academics and German, Austrian, and Swiss partners. In addition, he was a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Marburg.

David Bosold studied political science at the University of Marburg and the Université Laval, Quebec. He has published articles on Canadian and German foreign policy as well as on human security.


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Selected Publications

Democratization and Security
in Central and Eastern Europe and the Post-Soviet States
by David Bosold, Petr Drulák, Nik Hynek
DGAP-Schriften zur Internationalen Politik, Nomos Verlag, December 2011, 302 pp.
Democratization and Security
The Soviet Union collapsed 20 years ago. Since then, almost 30 countries have sought their own paths outside of Moscow’s sphere of influence. Confronted with shared challenges and a sweeping transformation, different forms of government emerged. While some countries developed into democracies, others featured considerable democratic deficits. This volume examines the democratization processes of individual countries and their security-political contexts.
Category: Democratization/System Change, Russia, Eastern Europe, Belarus, Estonia, Ukraine, Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, Balkans
Report on the 14th New Faces Conference
The Impact of Climate Change on the Middle East – Converging and Diverging Perceptions of Development and Human Security
by Christian Achrainer, David Bosold
DGAPreport 20, June 2011, 44 pp.
In how far will climate change impact security in the Middle East? What are the implications for development and human security? Is the region prepared for those challenges? Which adaptation and mitigation measures should be applied? DGAP’s 14th New Faces Conference aimed to address those questions along three thematic clusters, namely climate change and energy, climate change and water and climate change and food production/economic development.
Category: Climate Change, Climate and Environment, Security, Economy and Finance, Resources and Energy, Water, Near and Middle East/North Africa, North Africa, Mediterranean Sea/Mediterranean area
12th New Faces Conference
Democratization and Security in Central and Eastern Europe and the Post-Soviet States
by Kathrin Brockmann, David Bosold
DGAPreport 17, October 2009, 104 pp.
Although Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia share the common experience of the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the fall of the former Soviet Union, the political situation in those countries today is markedly diverse. The present volume presents the outcome of DGAP’s 12th New Faces Conference, which, through various case studies, highlights the different trajectories and processes of democratization in states of former communist rule.
Category: Security, Political System, European Union, Conflict-Prevention, NATO, Central and Eastern European countries, Europe, Russia, Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Centralasian States of the former Soviet Union
2nd Alumni Reunion and Conference
Anticipating the Future: Scenarios and Strategic Options for a New Global Order
by David Bosold, Kathrin Brockmann
DGAPreport 16, July 2009, 100 pp.
How can global climate change be mitigated and what roles do international negotiations, businesses, cities and consumers play? Will organizations such as the UN, NATO and the EU succeed in adapting their strategies to the changing nature of crises? Or, summing it up differently: what will our globe look like in 2020? During the conference, participants discussed future scenarios and strategic options answering these questions.
Category: European Union, Security, NATO, United Nations, Conflict-Prevention, Resources and Energy, Climate Change, Economy and Finance, Trade, International Policy/Relations, Worldwide, Africa, Near and Middle East/North Africa, Western World
11th New Faces Conference
Regional Leaders in the Global Security Arena: Interests, Strategies and Capabilities
by David Bosold, Kathrin Brockmann
DGAPreport 14, May 2009, 148 pp.
While theories of “new regionalism” consider regional security organizations as key actors to cope with complex security challenges, recent trends increasingly seem to suggest that individual countries take on the role of a “regional leader.” This years New Faces Conference discussed characteristics, importance, perceptions an the role of these regional leaders for future international security.
Category: Security, Defence Policy, Global Institutions, Europe, Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa, Africa South Of Sahara, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Czech Republic, India, China, Palestine
12th International Summer School (2008)
“Regional Leaders, Global Challenges: Issues, Interests and Strategies”
by Kathrin Brockmann, David Bosold
DGAPreport 13, November 2008, 60 pp.
In a world more and more characterized by multipolar structures, stability is an ever more evasive aim. Political theory tells us that multipolar systems are much less stable than bipolar or hegemonic ones. For the next generation of global political leaders it is paramount to understand how tectonic shifts in our present global order will influence the relative position of their own countries.
Category: Security, Development Policy, Global Institutions, Worldwide