Dr. Peter Rudolf

Dr. Peter Rudolf

Research Division: The Americas
Senior Fellow


2000 Habilitation, University of Augsburg, Augsburg

1991-1992 Research Fellow, Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge

1988- Research Associate, SWP, Ebenhausen/Berlin

1985-1987 Research Associate, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

1984-1985 Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise:

United States, Transatlantic relations

Foreign policy evaluation, normative theory, legitimacy of military force

SWP Publications (selection):

Peter Rudolf

The Sino-American World Conflict


SWP Research Paper 2020/RP 03, February 2020, 33 Pages


Peter Rudolf

US Nuclear Deterrence Policy and Its Problems

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 10, November 2018, 27 Pages
Peter Rudolf

Sanctions in International Relations

On the Current State of Research

SWP Research Paper 2007/RP 06, June 2007, 17 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Peter Rudolf

The US under Trump: Potential consequences for transatlantic relations

in: Bruno Schoch, Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, Corinna Hauswedell, Jochen Hippler, Margret Johannsen (Eds.) Peace Report 2017 A Selection of Texts. Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Member of Leibniz Association - Bonn International Center for Conversion - Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (Heidelberg) - Institute for Development and Peace (Duisburg) - Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg LIT-Verlag, Reihe Internationale Politik / International Politics, Vol. 29, Berlin/ Münster/ Zürich et al., 2017, 108 pages
Peter Rudolf

UN Peace Operations and the Use of Military Force

in: Survival - Global Politics and Strategy, 59 (2017) 3, pp. 161-182
Peter Rudolf

Evidence-Informed Prevention of Civil Wars and Mass Atrocities

in: The International Spectator, 51 (2016) 2, pp. 86-98
Peter Rudolf

Killing by Drones

The Problematic Practice of U.S. Drone Warfare

in: Ethik und Militär, 1/2014, pp. 41-45
Peter Rudolf

Return of a Benevolent Hegemony?

The United States is neither an empire nor a weary titan

in: IP - Transatlantic Edition, Special Issue: The United States, Germany and Europe. Building a Global Agenda, 2006, pp. 77-85

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

Peter Rudolf

Transatlantic Clash of the Titans: What America and China Will Fight Over Next

If the economic interdependence between the United States and China dissolves, economic blocs or closed economic spaces emerge and a process of economic de-globalization begins. In the course of such a bipolarization of the international system, Europe would find itself in a difficult situation.

in: The National Interest, 08.02.2020 (online).

SWP Comments

Claudia Zilla
Corona Crisis and Political Confrontation in Brazil

The President, the People, and Democracy under Pressure

Claudia Zilla, Franziska F. N. Schreiber
The Constitutional Process in Chile

The South American Country Is Searching for a New Social Contract