Dr. Johannes Thimm

Dr. Johannes Thimm


Research Division: The Americas
Senior Fellow

Currently on leave until the end of 2019

2013-2017 Deputy Head of Research Division "The Americas" (2014-2015 Head of Research Division "The Americas" a.i.), SWP, Berlin

Since 2009 Researcher, Research Division "The Americas", SWP, Berlin

2009 Ph.D. Freie Universität Berlin (Dr. rer. pol.)

2007-2008 Fox International Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, New Haven

2000-2001 Fulbright Fellow, Political Science Department, University of Washington, Seattle

Areas of Expertise:

United States, Transatlantic relations, United Nations

Domestic politics and its impact on U.S. foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy towards international organizations, the U.S. and international law


SWP Publications (selection):

Johannes Thimm

From Exception to Normalcy

The United States and the War on Terrorism

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 07, October 2018, 38 Pages
Lauren Schwartz, Johannes Thimm

Some American Voters Are More Equal

Election Law As an Arena of Partisan Strategy

SWP Comment 2017/C 38, October 2017, 4 Pages
Lars Brozus, Johannes Thimm

Mississippi Blues: National Crisis in the United States

in: Lars Brozus (ed.)
Unexpected, Unforeseen, Unplanned

Scenarios of International Foreign and Security Policy. Foresight Contributions 2015

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 01, January 2016, 56 Pages, S. 11-16

Johannes Thimm

Inseparable, but Not Equal

Assessing U.S.–EU Relations in the Wake of the NSA Surveillance Affair

SWP Comment 2014/C 04, January 2014, 4 Pages
Johannes Thimm

The United States and the Arab Spring: The End of the Post 9/11 Paradigm

in: Muriel Asseburg (ed.)
Protest, Revolt and Regime Change in the Arab World

Actors, Challenges, Implications and Policy Options

Contributions to Research Papers 2012/RP 06, February 2012, 71 Pages, S. 51-53

External Publications (selection):

Johannes Thimm

Dispensing With the Indispensable Nation? Multilateralism minus One in the Trump Era

Since entering office, US president Trump has reversed key multilateral achievements of his predecessors, initiating a new US retreat from multilateral cooperation. For other governments wishing to preserve and deepen existing global agreements, this has posed the question of whether and how multilateral cooperation can work without the leadership and support of the dominant global power. International relations scholars have already debated the possibility of "nonhegemonic cooperation" in earlier periods marked by US unilateralism. This article draws on these previous analyses to evaluate the current prospects and limits of a "multilateralism minus one" in three key global policy areas: nuclear arms control, climate change, and trade.

in: Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 2019, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 23-46
Johannes Thimm

Global Perspectives: Rapid Reactions to U.S. Election Results

At this point, giving advice to Trump on how to advance global cooperation may be a bit ambitious. A better approach could be to list some of the actions that he should avoid in order not to undermine global cooperation.

in: Council of Councils (ed.): Global Perspectives: Rapid Reactions to U.S. Election Results, Global Memo, 10.11.2016 (online)
Johannes Thimm

The United States and Multilateral Treaties: A Policy Puzzle

Boulder: First Forum Press (A Division of Lynne Rienner Publishers), 2016, 287 Pages
Council of Councils (ed.), Johannes Thimm

Three Suggestions for a Better Management of the Flow of Refugees and Migrants

in: The 2016 Council of Council Annual Conference Panelist Papers, May 2016, 3 Pages
Christian Schaller, Johannes Thimm

Internet Governance and the ITU: Maintaining the Multistakeholder Approach

The German Perspective

in: Council on Foreign Relations, 23.10.2014 (online)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Johannes Thimm

What Really Matters in Transatlantic Relations

Working Paper 2005/No. 03, September 2005, 9 Pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Johannes Thimm

NATO: US Strategic Dominance and Unequal Burden-Sharing Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

The asymmetry in NATO contributions between the United States and Europa is no accident, Johannes Thimm writes. Europeans should not be too alarmed about President Trump’s threats to withdraw from the alliance – and instead follow their own priorities.

Point of View, September 2018

SWP Research Papers