Alumni Senior Expert Fellow

Prof. Dr Herbert Wulf

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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Professor Herbert Wulf joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Expert Fellow. He conducted his research in the framework of Research Unit 3 "Gloabl Governance Revisted" and Research Unit 4 “Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratisation” from October 2012 to September 2013.

Research Project at the Centre

Herbert Wulf’s research project is entitled “India's Foreign Policy and it's Role in Global Governance”.

India’s increasing importance in the globalised world is largely due to its economic liberalisation policy and its phenomenal economic growth during the last two decades. But does a matching foreign and security policy accompany India’s economic rise? Numerous Indian politicians, think tanks and the media request the government to engage more actively in global forums, to strengthen its diplomatic and defence capabilities, to design a ‘grand strategy’, to formulate a ‘non-alignment 2.0’ foreign policy, to pursue a more active neighbourhood policy etc.

Paradoxical, inconsistent and contradictory judgments are intrinsic to India’s role in the 21st century. India is described as the largest functioning democracy in the world, yet it is one of the most corrupt societies. It modernises fast and a new middle class has emerged; yet traditional caste structures dominate parts of the society. It is a fast growing economy, but other parts are still underdeveloped and poverty-stricken, with a large percentage of people living in acute poverty and impoverishment. The country is considered as an emerging superpower, yet still entangled in unresolved and sometimes violent conflicts at home and with some of its immediate neighbours.

Given India’s status and long-term record as a stable, secular society and multi-cultural democracy, the Indian political elite considers a status as a Permanent Member of the Security Council of the United Nations and more generally at the high table of global affairs not only as legitimate but also long overdue. Indian foreign policy emphasises its right to be recognised as a major player (in the UN, the G20 and in the BRICS initiative). Its insistence on being a nuclear weapons power and its annual double-digit growth of investments in conventional weapons are instruments to underline India’s global ambitions and, at the same time, signalling to its neighbours its claim for regional leadership if not dominance.

The research is conducted to understand the basis of India’s global aspirations, which contrast so starkly with the enormous difficulties it faces at home and outside its borders.

Research Interests

  • Indian Foreign and Security Policy
  • Defense Industry (Arms Export)
  • Peacekeeping, Peace Building
  • Global Governance
  • Arms Control, Disarmament
  • Privatisation in the Armed Forces
  • Developing Countries and Aid

Current Project

  • India's Role in Global Affairs


Since 11/2001 Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
Senior Fellow
1993-10/2001 Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
1989-12/1992 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Arms Trade and Arms Production Project
Project Director
1978-1989 Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg
Research Fellow
1972-1978 Federation of German Scientists / Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (VDW)
Managing Director
1966-1972 German Volunteer Service
Country Office India/Nepal
Regional Director

Selected Publications

Herbert, Wulf (2010): Afghanistan. Ein Krieg in der Sackgasse <Afghanistan: A Misguided War>, Lit Verlag, Berlin (edited with Johannes M. Becker)

Herbert, Wulf (2008): Zerstörter Irak - Zukunft des Irak? <Destroyed Iraq - The Future of Iraq>, Lit Verlag, Berlin (edited with Johannes M. Becker)

Herbert, Wulf (2005): Internationalisierung und Privatisierung von Krieg und Frieden <Internationalisation and Privatisation of War and Peace>, Nomos, Baden-Baden

Herbert, Wulf (2005): Internationalizing and Privatizing War and Peace, Macmillan, Basingstoke

Herbert, Wulf (1996-2004): Bonn International Center for Conversion. Conversion Survey (annual). Global Disarmament, Demilitarization and Demobilization, Oxford University Press and Nomos, Baden-Baden (co-author)

Herbert, Wulf (1994): Developing the UN Register of Conventional Arms, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford (Bradford Arms Register Studies; No. 4) (edited with Malcolm Chalmers, Owen Greene and Edward Laurance)

Herbert, Wulf (1993): Arms Industry Limited, SIPRI, Oxford: Oxford University Press (editor)

Herbert, Wulf (1987): Alternative Produktion statt Rüstung. Gewerkschaftliche Initiativen für sinnvolle Arbeit und sozial nützliche Produkte <Alternative Production: Union Initiatives for Socially Useful Work>, Cologne: Bund-Verlag (with Klaus Schomaker and Peter Wilke)

Herbert, Wulf (1983): Aufrüstung und Unterentwicklung. Aus den Berichten der Vereinten Nationen <Armament and Underdevelopment. Reports from the United Nations, Reinbek: Rowohlt (editor)

Herbert, Wulf (1982): Sicherheitspolitik, Rüstung und Abrüstung <Security Policy, Armaments and Disarmament>, Frankfurt: Diesterweg (with Ralf Peters)

Herbert Wulf (1979): Rüstungsimport als Technologietransfer. Die negativen Auswirkungen von Rüstungsimporten auf die Industrialisierung in Peripherieländern <Arms Imports and Technology Transfers>, Munich: Weltforum Verlag

Herbert Wulf (1976): Rüstung und Unterentwicklung <Armaments and Underdevelopment>, Reinbeck: Rowohlt (with Ulrich Albrecht, Dieter Ernst and Peter Lock).

A full list of publications is available on the website of Prof. Wulf

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen: Study of the Instruments of German Development Cooperation in Situations of Conflict
  • London School of Economics, Crisis State Research Centre, Regional Organizations: Early Warning in Conflict
  • Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (kfw, German Financial Cooperation): Feasibility Study: Security Sector Reform. Strategic Options for German Financial Development Cooperation
  • GIZ (GTZ): Evaluation of the programs: Crises Prevention, Small Arms Control and Security Sector Reform
  • Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF): Reviewer of the Yearbooks on Security Sector Reform (2007 - 2011)
  • EU-Commission (DG Employment): Study: Anticipating Employment Effects of the European Defence Industry
  • European Metalworkers Federation (on behalf of the EU Commission): The Future of the Naval Industry in Europe: Employment Scenarios
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Association (SIPRI): Reviewer of the 2009 and 2010 Yearbook chapter on Defence Production and Military Expenditures
  • East West Institute, Brussels: Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Task Force for Crises Prevention
  • International Peace Institute (IPI), New York: Background Non-Paper and Moderator of the “Task Force” for the Control of Small Arms at the UN
  • UNDP, Consultation on Arms Control in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS), University of Queensland, Brisbane (2007 and 2010) on governance issues


  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (German Peace Research Association)
  • Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
  • Economics of Peace and Security Journal (Associate Editor)
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (Member of the Scientific Council)
  • Wissenschaft und Frieden (Journal on Science and Peace), Member of the Advisory Board
  • Research Associate, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (NCPCS)


  • Essays in Honor of Herbert Wulf. “Overcoming Armed Violence in a Complex World", edited by Michael Brzoska and Axel Krohn, Budrich UniPress, 2009
  • Peter Becker-Price for Peace and Conflict Studies, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, 2005
  • Professorship granted by the Government of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, 2002
  • FU Berlin (Dr. rer. pol./Ph.D. equivalent): Thesis on technology transfer to developing countries, 1978
  • Universities of Mannheim and Hamburg (Diploma in Sociology/MA equivalent) Thesis on the Indian military in the development process, 1974
  • School for Business Administration, Cologne (Betriebswirt grad./MBA equivalent), 1963
  • Numerous research grants from German and international research foundations

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