Areas of Expertise

  • Europe and European integration
  • The EU’s internal and external security policies
  • Relations between EU members and UK European policy

Short Bio

Dr. Roderick Parkes has been director of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) until January 31, 2024. He also headed the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for the Future of Europe, where he works on issues of European integration and the EU’s role in the world. He joined DGAP from the Institute for Security Studies, a Paris-based agency of the EU, where he provided advice to decision-makers on dealing with the intersection of EU internal security and foreign policy.

Over the past 15 years, Parkes has worked across Europe. At the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), he worked on a special research project for the foreign ministry on the geopolitics of migration; at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), he headed the Europe Program; and at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), he worked as a researcher in Berlin before heading its liaison office to EU institutions and NATO.

Parkes holds a PhD from the University of Bonn and studied at Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh, and Sciences-Po Grenoble. He has taught at the European Security and Defense College, NATO School Oberammergau, and NATO Defense College.

Languages

English, German, French

 

[Last updated: February 2024]

Dr. Roderick Parkes

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Publications

Germany Needs a Strategy—Grand and Democratic

German leaders have long been reluctant to discuss, let alone set, grand strategy. Now, with the world in flux and the old ways no longer working, Berlin needs to step up and clearly lay out what it wants—and how it plans to get it.

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The Future of the Zeitenwende: A Team Power Strategy for Germany

Berlin needs international partners for a successful foreign and security policy. Unfortunately, Germany hasn’t really understood yet what it takes to be a “team power”: five rules to see it win the day.

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Und täglich grüßt die Wende

Stillstand, Krise, Kurswechsel, Stillstand: Die deutsche Politik operiert seit Jahren nach dem gleichen Muster. Das hat in Europa zu Stagnation geführt und dem Ruf des Westens geschadet. Für eine echt Zeitenwende braucht es ein neues Rezept.

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Teamplay als 
Globalstrategie

Deutschland braucht Partner, um erfolgreiche Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik zu machen. Nur hat die Bundesregierung noch nicht verstanden, wie sie als „Team-Macht“ agieren muss: fünf Regeln.

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Scholz’ Außenpolitik und ihre blinden historischen Flecken

Europa ist ein kleiner Ort mit großer Geschichte. Die Bundesregierung glaubt, diese Geschichte überwinden zu können, indem man dem Globalen Süden die Hand reicht. Doch die Deutschen neigen dazu, Lektionen, die Polen, Franzosen und Briten aus der Geschichte gelernt haben, auszublenden – zulasten der Macht der EU.

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