Dr. Peter Rudolf

Dr. Peter Rudolf

Research Division: The Americas
Senior Fellow


2006-2012 Head of Research Division "The Americas", SWP, Berlin

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

US foreign policy, nuclear deterrence, 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

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).