Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Free University Berlin

The Otto Suhr Institute of Freie University Berlin ranks among the leading Political Science departments in Germany. With a multitude of study courses and programmes, four broad clusters of work and operations, over 20 research centers, multiple research projects and a variety of lectures and seminars, the OSI provides a vibrant environment for research, studies and teaching.

Freie Universtität has repeatedly been awarded and is still enjoying the status of an Excellence University. At our Center – the Center for Trannational Relations, Foreign and Security -- more recently OSCE matters are mostly studied in the context of overall European security and governance issues, and thus currently no research projects are specifically addressing solely OSCE issues.

Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science
Freie Universität Berlin
FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften
Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Ihnestraße 22, 14195 Berlin


Dr Ingo Peters
Assistant Professor, Executive Director of the Center of Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy


Ingo Peters studied political science at Freie Universität Berlin (Dr. Phil., 1987) and at the University of Lancaster (UK; MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies, 1983). He joined Freie Universität Berlin in 1985, teaches and does research on: German foreign policy, European security governance including EU foreign policy, the OSCE, transatlantic relations, as well as International Relations theory.

He is currently associated professor at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science of Freie Universität Berlin, and Executive Director of the Center of Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy.

Selected publications on OSCE:

· Peters, Ingo & Tanja Börzel (2019). "It’s Politics, Stupid". An International Relations Perspective on Strengthening the Legal Framework of the OSCE, in: Mateja Steinbrück Platise, Carolyn Moser, Anne Peters (eds.), The Legal Framework of the OSCE, 95—118. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

· Peters, Ingo (2013). Legitimacy of International Organizations: the Case of the OSCE. In: Legitimacy and International Organizations edited by Dominik Zaum, 196-220. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

· Peters, Ingo (2004). The OSCE, NATO and the EU within the "Network of Interlocking European Security Institutions": Hierarchization, Flexibilization, Marginalization. In OSCE Yearbook 2003 edited by IFSH, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg/, 381-402. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.

· Peters, Ingo (1999). The OSCE and German Foreign Policy: A Study in How Institutions Matter. In Imperfect Unions. Security Institutions over Space and Time edited by Haftendorn, Helga/Keohane, Robert O./Wallander, Celeste  A., 195-222. Oxford: Oxford University Press.