Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüland
Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
Born 1953, studied political science, history and German literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Freiburg in 1981 and his habilitation degree (Habilitation) at the same university in 1989. From 1978 to 1991 he worked as a research fellow at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute Freiburg. He was professor pro tempore of Political Science at the University Passau (1991-1993) and professor of Political Science at the University of Rostock (1993-1998). Since 1998 Rüland holds a chair for International Relations at the University of Freiburg. From 2000-2002 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities IV. Since November 2009 Prof. Rüland is the Chairperson of the Freiburg University’s Southeast Asia Program, which is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Before, from 2001-2007, Prof. Rüland was also the Director of the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut Freiburg, a noted German think tank specializing on Third World affairs and development research. In 2006 he became Chairman of the Advisory Board of the GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. From 1995 to 2003 he was the Chairman of the Advisory Board on Southeast Asia of the German Society of Asian Studies (DGA). In 2009 he was elected Board Member of the German Society of Political Science (DGfP).
Prof. Rüland was a visiting scholar at several universities in the Asia-Pacific including the University of the Philippines, Chiang Mai University, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Universitas Indonesia, National University of Singapore and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. In 1999 he became external examiner at the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration of the University of Malaya. Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta appointed him as an Adjunct Professor in 2009.
Rüland is a member of the editorial boards of the The Pacific Review, European Journal of East Asian Studies, Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB), Internationales Asienforum and WeltTrends (1995-2007). In 2007, Pacific Affairs awarded him and Christl Kessler the William L. Holland Prize for the best article in 2006. Currently Rüland is the Stanford University/National University of Singapore Distinguished Fellow for Southeast Asia 2010 and fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS) 2010/2011
Rüland authored or co-authored 13 monographs, edited or co-edited 19 volumes and contributed, as author or co-author, more than 140 book chapters and articles to international and German journals including Journal of European Public Policy, Asian Survey, The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, European Journal of East Asian Studies, European Foreign Affairs Review, Security Dialogue, Public Administration and Development, Asian Journal of Public Administration, Philippine Journal of Public Administration, Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, Zeitschrift für Politik, ASIEN and Internationales Asienforum.
His research interests include cooperation and institution-building in international relations, globalization and regionalization, international relations and security in the Asia-Pacific region, democratization, political, economic, social and cultural change in Southeast Asia.
Books, Proceedings, Editions, and Articles (10 selected)
- Keßler, C. and Rüland, J. (2008): Give Jesus a Hand! Charismatic Christians: Populist Religion in the Philippines, Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 210 pages.
- Rüland, J., Jürgenmeyer, C., Nelson, M.L. & Ziegenhain, P. (2005): Parliaments and Political Change in Asia, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 324 pages.
- Rüland, J., Schubert, G., Schucher, G., & Storz, C. (eds.) (2008): Asia-Europe Relations: Building Block or Stumbling Block for Global Governance?, London: Routledge, 293 pages.
- Hänggi, H., Roloff, R., & Rüland, J. (eds.) (2006): Interregionalism and International Relations, London: Routledge, 364 pages.
- Rüland, J., Hanf, T. & Manske, E. (eds.) (2006): U.S. Foreign Policy Toward the Third World. A Post-Cold War Assessment, Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 269 pages.
- Hoadley, S. & Rüland, J. (eds.) (2006): Asian Security Re-Assessed, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 381 pages.
- Rüland, J. (2009): Deepening ASEAN Cooperation through Democratization? The Indonesian Legislature and Foreign Policymaking,” in: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Vol. 9, No. 3, September, S. 373-402.
- Jetschke, A. & Rüland, J. (2009): Decoupling Rhetoric and Practice: The Cultural Limits of ASEAN Cooperation, in: The Pacific Review, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 179-203.
- Rüland, J. & Jetschke, A. (2008): 40 Years of ASEAN: Perspectives, Performance and Lessons for Chance, in: The Pacific Review, Vol. 21, No. 4, December, pp. 397-409.
- Kessler, C. & Rüland, J. (2006): Responses to Rapid Social Change: Populist Religion in the Philippines, in: Pacific Affairs, Vol. 79, No.1, pp. 73-96.
“Constructing Regionalism Domestically: Local Actors and Foreign Policymaking in Indonesia”
The project studies the changing identity of Indonesia’s foreign policy. At the centre stands the question which role Southeast Asian regionalism still plays in the view of major stakeholders of the Indonesian foreign policy community. Since its formation in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been a cornerstone of Indonesia’s foreign policy. With the democratization of the country following the resignation of President Suharto in 1998, Indonesian foreign policy making also went through a reform process and is today much more participatory and pluralistic than in the days of Suharto’s New Order. These changes gave rise to an increasing criticism of ASEAN’s state-centric, elitist and top-down policy making which is epitomized in the ASEAN Way as the repository of ASEAN’s norms of regional cooperation. This criticism crystallized in the ratification debate on the ASEAN Charter which many Indonesians hope would initiate a major reform of ASEAN, making it more similar to the EU as the world’s most advanced model of regional integration. Based on a bottom-up variant of Acharya’s localization theory the project explores from which ideational sources societal stakeholders such as the legislature, the academe, civil society, the business sector and the military draw in the search for an adequate role of Indonesia in the region, how they frame their arguments and what impact they have on official government policies.