Cornelius Adebahr
Nonresident Fellow, Carnegie Europe


Cornelius Adebahr is a nonresident fellow at Carnegie Europe. His research focuses on foreign and security policy, in particular regarding Iran and the Persian Gulf, on European and transatlantic affairs, and on citizens’ engagement.

Adebahr has been the owner of a political consultancy in Berlin since 2000. Among his clients are government institutions and foundations as well as not-for-profit associations and companies. In addition, he is an associate fellow at the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), a fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and a member of Team Europe, an experts’ network of the European Commission in Brussels.

Since 2005, he has taught as a lecturer at various international universities, including the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, Tehran University in Iran, and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in the United States. He is the author of Europe and Iran: The Nuclear Deal and Beyond (Routledge 2017) and Learning and Change in European Foreign Policy: The Case of the EU Special Representatives (Nomos 2009)

Adebahr has been awarded academic and professional scholarships inter alia from German National Academic Foundation, Fulbright Commission, Robert Bosch Foundation, and Volkswagen Foundation. He is a frequent commentator for major German and international print, radio, and television media outlets, including the BBC, NPR, and POLITICO. He has also testified before the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament and provided written evidence to the UK House of Lords.

MA (Magister), Free University Berlin, PhD (Dr. rer. pol.), Free University Berlin
English, French, German, Spanish

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Devising a 10-point Plan on How to Make the EU a Stronger Global Actor: A European Research Adventure

A consortium of 13 institutions has devised a ten-point plan for making the EU a more coherent and effective global actor.

· June 17, 2024
Global Policy
In The Media
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10 Recommendations to Make the European Union a Stronger Global Actor

To become a stronger global actor, the EU should reinforce its foreign policy through the high representative role, new policies, and strategic partnerships.

· June 12, 2024
Making the EU a Stronger Global Actor: Postelection Perspectives
June 12, 2024

As its citizens head to the polls in June’s European Parliament elections, the EU faces an unprecedented combination of external threats. The incoming cohort of EU leaders will need to make bold decisions that bolster the union’s geopolitical power and render it a stronger global actor.

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Toward Accountability for Iran’s UN-Recognized Crimes Against Humanity

To quell the revolt sparked by Mahsa Jina Amini’s death in 2022, Iran committed crimes against humanity, including gender persecution. EU governments must coordinate to advance judicial accountability of those responsible while protecting vulnerable groups and countering digital repression.

· April 10, 2024
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What Rome, Ancient and Modern, Can Tell Us About Europe’s Governance Challenges

The demise of the Roman Empire holds lessons for the EU’s system of governance. To fulfill its purpose of unity, Europe needs to develop a vision of community built on the rule of law and encourage states to cooperate in devising sound policies.

· March 26, 2024
Global Policy Journal
Iran’s Global Posture Hides Domestic Insecurities

The power Iran projects on the international scene masks a fragile regime that fears for its survival. The EU should comprehensively assess the challenges Tehran poses and adjust its policy accordingly.

· March 21, 2024
In The Media
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How the EU Must Follow Through on Iran Women’s Sakharov Prize

By awarding Mahsa Amini and the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement with the Sakharov prize, the European Parliament honored all those who have withstood the Iranian regime’s repression. But the EU should also take concrete steps to protect women and human rights defenders who have fled the country.

· December 11, 2023
Upholding Internet Freedom as Part of the EU’s Iran Policy

Iran’s regime is using digital repression to control the country’s citizens and further isolate them from the world. The EU should ensure safe online spaces for Iranian activists and tie its Iran policy into a comprehensive global strategy against digital authoritarianism.

· November 29, 2023
In The Media
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If This Is Israel’s 9/11, It Must Not Make Same Mistakes the US Did

The world is watching how Israel is responding militarily, as well as politically, to the October 7 attacks by Hamas. Israel should be mindful not to make the same mistakes the United States made post-9/11.

· October 18, 2023
In The Media
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Why AI Will Change the Core of Foreign Policymaking

Technology will fundamentally change the way diplomacy is conducted still this decade. To make the most of AI tools, foreign policy experts will have to clearly define inputs and collaborate with tech experts.

· October 11, 2023
Global Policy Journal