Invitation to an open discussion on the lecture “Patient Autocrats: Constitutional Capture in the 21th Century” by Žilvinas Švedkauskas

We would like to invite you to an open discussion on a lecture held by our former CMEPS graduate and current PhD candidate Žilvinas Švedkauskas about his doctoral dissertation “Patient Autocrats: Constitutional Capture in the 21st Century” at the University of Gdansk on March 17. For those who can not …

Tübingen University among the World’s Top-100

The 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking which reviewed more than 1500 universities worldwide views Tübingen University among the top 100 places to study and do research at (#78), second among German universities only to Munich and Heidelberg, and just little behind Ivy-League universities such as Brown. This confirms Tübingen’s place among Europe’s and, in fact, the world’s finest locations for academic life, ahead of, for instance, Georgetown, Geneva, Maastricht, the famous Sorbonne, or all Scandinavian universities.

In the field of Political Science / International Relations more specifically, and despite its relatively small department, Tübingen also figured among the top-125 . It ranks on a par with renowned American universities such as Notre Dame, Dartmouth College or George Washington University, and ahead of several reputable political science departments in Europe such as St. Andrews (ranked #2 in the UK, ahead of Oxford, in 2020 by the Guardian’s UK University League Tables), or Gothenburg, where the famous V-Dem project is run by our colleagues. Likewise, many of our international partners figure among the world’s very best (such as Michigan-Ann Arbor; Durham UK; Sciences Po Paris; or St. Andrews).

Even in the face of the current constraints of the CoViD-19 pandemic, we continue to be committed to providing our students with education and training second to none. We do not just follow, but contribute to actively setting international research agendas in our strife to advance the frontiers of knowledge along the mission goals of Tübingen University: Research, relevance, and responsibility.!/page/3/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

Oliver Schlumberger’s Interview on SEPAD-pod

The Sectarianism, Proxies, and De-sectarianisation (SEPAD) project is based at Lancaster University’s Richardson Institute. It investigates factors that contribute to sectarian violence and proxy conflicts. The podcast hosts various leading scholars in the field of Comparative politics including Sean Yom, Charles Tripp, and Francesco Cavatorta. Oliver Schlumberger discusses authoritarianism, power, and democratization in the Middle East.

To listen to the interview, please click here

For more information on the SEPAD:

Professor Dr. Oliver Schlumberger’s interview after the conclusion of the “Berlin Libya Conference”

Germany hosts an International Peace Conference on Libya in close consultation with the United Nations. On the 20th of January 2020, Professor Oliver Schlumberger delivers an interview to the “WDR 5 Morgenecho” on the various actors involved and on the different future prospects in Libya.

You can find and listen to the interview here. 

The WDR Morgenecho is a daily (Monday to Friday) well known morning podcast in German speaking countries. It conducts interviews with specialists on different political issues. Other interviewees on the topic, among others, are SPD-politician Nils Schmid and Libya-expert Merin Abbas from the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung in Tunis.

For more information on Morgenecho please visit the WDR website:

For more information on the conference conclusions, please see the official press release from the German Federal Government: