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Julia Gurol, M.A.

Position Research Associate
Office hours Please contact Julia Gurol for an appointment

Belfortstraße 20, 1. OG Hinterhaus

79085 Freiburg i. Br.

Room 01 010/011
Telephone +49 - (0)761 - 203-67773
E-Mail julia.gurol@politik.uni-freiburg.de





Julia Gurol is a Research Associate and PhD Candidate (Working title: "Managing complex interdependencies - EU-China security relations between competition and cooperation?") at the Chair of Multi-Level Governance (Prof. Dr. Diana Panke) since October 2017. She studied Sociology, Media Studies and International Relations at the Universities of Düsseldorf, Granada (Spain) and Bonn. During her studies she conducted field research in Colombia, Lebanon and China.

Besides working for the Chair, Julia Gurol is a researcher on China's role in the Middle East at the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) in Bonn. Before, she has worked a.o. for the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in a project on arms export control. Furthermore she is a trained crossmedial journalist and has published in several German media, such as WirtschaftsWoche, Handelsblatt and WDR.

Her research interests are EU-China security relations, social movements, regime stability and transformation as well as conflict dynamics; her regional focus is China and the Near and Middle East.

Research interests

  • EU-China security relations

  • Chinese foreign policy

  • Middle Eastern politics

  • global power shifts

  • peace and conflict studies


Academic publications

  • Panke, Diana/ Gurol, Julia (2020). Colombia's 'African descent' initiative at the United Nations. In: New Zealand International Review, Vol. 45, No. 4.

  • *Gurol, Julia (2020). Competitive, cooperate or complementary? The roles of the EU and China in the security architecture of the Middle East. Chinese Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1. DOI: 10.1080/25765949.2020.1728969.

  • *Panke, Diana/ Gurol, Julia (2019). Small States in the European Union. In: Oxford Encyclopedia of European Union Politics. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1485.

  • *Panke, Diana/ Gurol, Julia (2018). Small States as Agenda-setters? The Council Presidencies of Malta and Estonia. In: Journal of Common Market Studies: Annual Review. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12767

Other publications

Conference presentations

  • "(Un)intended revisionism? The geopolitical implications of China's connectivity strategy" - AC21 Workshop on "Constructing the 21st-Century Silk road: Southeast Asia in the Race for Connectivity and Geopolitical Interests", 4 July, Freiburg.

    "New partners for the planet? EU-China climate cooperation from a role theoretical perspective" (together with Anna Starkmann) - ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, 27 March

  • "Size matters in the International System! Small state membership in Regional Organizations (1945-2015)" (together with Anna Starkmann & Diana Panke) - Workshop on Small States, Aarhus, 28 November

  • "New Belt, new Road - new Policies? EU-China security relations in the Middle East from a liberal institutionalist perspective" - ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, 25 August


Winter term 2019/20: "EU-China relations in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative"

Winter term 2019/20:  "One-size-fits-all vs. tailor-made solutions: Academic approaches to post-conflict reconstruction" (DAAD Winterschool)

Summer Term 2019: Conflict analysis - management, dynamics and transformation of current conflicts of secession (cross site seminar) - Link to eLearning Platform

Winter Term 2018/19: Introduction to Political SciencSummer Term 2018: Principles of International Politics

Summer Term 2018: Introduction to International Relations

Winter Term 2017/18: International and Regional Organizations in current conflict


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Invited talks

"EU-China relations in the quest to save the Nuclear Agreement" - Policy Briefing on "Crisis and Heightened Tensions between Iran and the US", East West Institute, Brussels, 22.05.2019

"Managing complex interdependencies:The EU-China perspective on the JCPOA" - Expert Roundtable on "China, Iran and the Middle East - Nuclear Deal, Belt and Road Initiative, and beyond", Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin, 12.02.2019

"The relationship between China and the EU in climate and security governance" - Young European Federalists, University of Freiburg (together with Anna Starkmann), 16.01.2019

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