Michael F. Harsch

Associate Researcher

Michael F. Harsch
Michael F. Harsch left PRIO in 2012. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Michael F. Harsch is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

Michael is an associated PRIO researcher based in Berlin. His research interests include:

Challenges in international crisis management with a focus on Afghanistan and the Balkans

NATO and transatlantic relations

UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding

European foreign and security policy

Theories of international organization and cooperation


Work experience:

2011 E.ON Ruhrgas Fellow, PRIO
2009-2011 Doctoral Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP)
2009 Visiting Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
2008/09 Visiting Fellow, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
2007-11 PhD in Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin; Friedrich Ebert Foundation PhD fellowship
2002-07 Diplom (M.A. equivalent) in Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin and University of Potsdam, Germany
2004/05 Graduate Studies in Political Science, Institut d'études politiques de Lille, France; Internship, French National Assembly, Paris
German, English, French, Spanish


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Academic publications:
NATO and the UN: Partnership with potential?”, SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 02, January 2012, 19 pp.

NATO and the UN in Afghanistan: Partners or Competitors?”, in: Brooke A. Smith-Windsor (ed.), The UN and NATO: Forward from the Joint Declaration. Forum Paper No. 17, NATO Defense College, May 2011, pp. 76-111.

Verkürzte Debatte, mangelhafte Strategie: Warum der Afghanistan-Einsatz kaum öffentliche Zustimmung findet”, in: Neue Gesellschaft/ Frankfurter Hefte 12/2009, Dezember 2009, pp. 46-48

NATO-UN Cooperation Revisited: A New Dawn?”, Studia Diplomatica, Vol. LXII, 2009, No. 3, pp. 29-36 (with Johannes Varwick)

NATO and the UN”, Survival, vol. 51, no. 2, April–May 2009, pp. 5-12 (with Johannes Varwick)

UN-NATO-Erklärung: Wenig Lärm um (fast) nichts”, Vereinte Nationen, 1/2009, p. 10 (with Janka Oertel and Johannes Varwick)

Afghanistan’s Legitimacy Crisis”, ETH Zürich International Relations and Security Network, 24 September 2009 (with Rani D. Mullen)

An Inundation of Envoys”, ETH Zürich International Relations and Security Network, 24 February 2009 (with Thomas Ruttig)

Obama’s Wish List for Europe”, PostGlobal, 26 November 2008 (with Calin Trenkov-Wermuth)

EU Split on Kosovo Independence”, ETH Zürich International Relations and Security Network, 13 October 2008

Germany’s Growing Afghan Dilemma”, ETH Zürich International Relations and Security Network, 3 December 2007

All Publications

PRIO Paper

Harsch, Michael F. (2011) A Reluctant Warrior: The German Engagement in Afghanistan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.