Cornelius Adebahr

Cornelius Adebahr

Dr Cornelius Adebahr is a political analyst and consultant living in Berlin, Germany. His work focuses on European foreign policy issues, transatlantic relations, and Iran. Since the end of 2000, he has been the owner of Wirtschaft am Wasserturm – Political Consultancy, Project Development, and Training. In addition, he is a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and an associate fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), as well as a member of the Team Europe of the European Commission.

He was a lecturer at Georgetown University (2015-16), at Tehran University (2012-13) and at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University (2005-2011).  From 2009-2011, he was a fellow of the New Leadership Foundation (stiftung neue verantwortung) in Berlin, and in 2002/2003 of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Post-Graduate Program in International Affairs.

Cornelius studied Political Science (International Relations), Philosophy, Public Law, and International Economics in Tübingen, Paris, and at the Free University Berlin, where he graduated in 2001 before receiving his PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in 2008 with an analysis of the work of the EU Special Representatives. His analysis of the EU’s foreign policy towards Iran, with a particular focus on the nuclear negotiations (2003-2015), appeared with Routledge in 2017.

More about Cornelius can be found on his website.

Post Archive

19 June 2018
Earlier this year, Kosovo marked the tenth anniversary of its – self-declared, not UN-recognized – independence. It is thus Europe’s youngest country, which is also true in terms…
08 May 2018
Whatever the issue, the US president’s response is: me. Whether it is about Iran or North Korea, trade with China or Mexico – policy watchers have to understand that their…
29 September 2017
In the run-up to the nuclear deal's second anniversary, Cornelius Adebahr warns of the need for a rational approach to Iran. For over three decades, American policy towards…
22 August 2017
Cornelius Adebahr examines Europe's options as the American-Iranian nuclear deal look set to falter. The geopolitical triangle between Europe, the United States, and Iran that…
27 March 2017
Cornelius Adebahr explores why the EU-Iran relationship cannot prosper if the Iran-US relationship deteriorates. While the streets of the Iranian capital are in a Nowruz lull, the…
27 June 2016
Like you, I’m devastated. Stunned. Heart-broken. Like you, I was hoping, pleading for a Remain vote – if only by the slightest of margins so that we could repair our…
11 December 2015
Cornelius Adebahr argues that the EU cannot reduce enlargement to a technical exercise and must get political if it is to persuade its public and potential entrants its worth. Two…
03 September 2015
Cornelius Adebahr argues that America must use its international support to ensure any deal with Iran is rigorously implemented. Good politics is not only about one’s…
14 May 2015
Cornelius Adebahr argues interest based cooperation between the West and Iran can and should go further, regardless of nuclear agreement. For some, it’s the ultimate…
16 March 2015
…and it would not change much, neither to the West’s overall relationship with the country nor to Tehran’s regional role. That is, of course, too simplistic a…
23 January 2015
Cornelius Adebahr unpicks Federica Mogherini’s return to Washington in the shadow of Russia. Closing in on the first 100 days in office, Federica Mogherini, embarked on her…
13 November 2014
Cornelius Adebahr argues that countries in and outside of the EU should consider reforms as continuing regardless of any official ascension date. After the experience of (…