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 is deputy director of the research institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). He also heads 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: January 2023]

Dr. Roderick Parkes

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Publications

Iran Is no Litmus Test for Germany’s Feminist Foreign Policy

When it comes to the protests in Iran, critics ask: Where is Germany’s bold new foreign policy? They are misguided, while Berlin, in its response, seems to have forgotten three of its own principles.

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Dr. Roderick Parkes
Dr. Dana Schirwon
Leonie Stamm
IPQ
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Why France and Germany Need to Get Together With the UK Again

The Franco-German “engine” is spluttering, France’s neo-Gaullist tendencies are undermining what remains of Germany’s reform ambitions. Where they still seem to agree is on an imaginary Anglo-Saxon menace. Linking arms with London may actually solve Paris and Berlin’s problems.

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Dr. Roderick Parkes
IPQ
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A Strategic Feasibility Test

Is the Old European Dream of Peaceful Multilateralism Dead?
Author/s
Miriam Katharina Heß
Dr. Roderick Parkes
Florence Schimmel
et al.
External Publications

Protecting Eden, or the Dark New Geopolitics of “Fortress Europe”

The EU is justifying its adoption of power politics with the accusation that the outside world started it. In fact, the EU—and Germany—has been practicing retrograde power politics for some time and is purposefully blocking out the option of returning to its own, better past.

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Dr. Roderick Parkes
IPQ
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