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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüland

Every year, approximately 50 Fellows are invited to work on their projects at FRIAS for 2 to 12 months in an intellectually stimulating environment. Fellows that have already been at FRIAS before can return to FRIAS for 2 to 6 weeks within the framework of the Alumni Programme, for example in order to finish a project. Furthermore, junior and senior researchers are regularly invited as guest researchers.


Our Research Focus profited enormously from the international team of Fellows and guest researchers at FRIAS.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Schätz, ERC Consolidator Grant 2015, Research Focus Quantum Transport 2014/15

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Political Science
Internal Senior Fellow
October 2014 – September 2015

Room 02 017
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Jürgen Rüland studied Political Science, History and German Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (1981) and his habilitation degree from the University of Freiburg (1989). Previously he worked as a research fellow at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute Freiburg (1978-1991) and held professorships at the University of Passau (1991-1993) and the University of Rostock (1993-1998). Since 1998 he is professor for International Relations at the University of Freiburg. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities IV (2000-2002), as Director of the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute Freiburg (2001-2007) and as Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (2006-2014). Since November 2009 Prof. Rüland is the Chairperson of the University of Freiburg’s Southeast Asia Program.

Prof. Rüland was a visiting scholar at the University of Stanford, the National University of Singapore, the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, Chiang Mai University, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, and FLACSO Argentina, Buenos Aires.

He is an editorial board member of The Pacific Review, European Journal of East Asian Studies, Asia-Europe Journal, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs and Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen. In 2007, Pacific Affairs awarded him and Christl Kessler the William L. Holland Prize for the best article in 2006. He was the Stanford University/National University of Singapore Distinguished Fellow for Contemporary Southeast Asia 2010 and fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS History) 2010/2011.

Prof. Rüland has published extensively on Southeast Asia, including contributions to the European Journal of International Relations, the Journal of European Public Policy, Security Dialogue, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations and Development, The Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, European Journal of East Asian Studies, Contemporary Southeast Asia, European Foreign Affairs Review and Asia-Europe Journal.

His research interests include cooperation and institution-building in international relations, globalization and regionalization, democratization, political, economic, social and cultural change in Southeast Asia.


Selected Publications

  • Nguitragool, Paruedee & Rüland, Jürgen (2014 forthcoming): ASEAN and its Cohesion as an Actor in International Forums – Reality, Potential and Constraints, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Huotari, Mikko & Rüland, Jürgen (2014 forthcoming): Context, Concepts and Comparison in Southeast Asian Studies, Special Issue, Pacific Affairs.
  • Huotari, Mikko, Rüland, Jürgen & Schlehe, Judith (eds.) (2014 forthcoming): Reflecting Methodology in Southeast Asian Studies, Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rüland, Jürgen (2014): “Constructing Regionalism Domestically: Local Actors and Foreign Policymaking in Newly Democratized Indonesia,” Foreign Policy Analysis 10(2): 181-2001.
  • Rüland, Jürgen (2014): “The limits of democratizing interest representation: ASEAN’s regional corporatism and normative challenges,” European Journal of International Relations 20(1): 237-261.


FRIAS Research Project

Democratizing Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia

With the “ASEAN Way,” SEA countries have cultivated an exclusivist, state-centered and elitist cooperation culture. The underlying repository of cooperation norms became contested with the devastating effects of the Asian Financial Crisis. The objective of this study is threefold: It seeks (a) to trace the ideational origins of the currently discussed concepts of a “people-oriented ASEAN,” (b) explore how they localize the European “gold standard” of regional integration as well as competing concepts of an “alternative regionalism” emanating from Latin America and Africa and (c) assess as to what extent processes of localization affect regional cohesion.