Dr Alister Miskimmon

Educational background

BA University of Stirling

PhD University of Birmingham

Personal profile

My research interests are primarily in the areas of strategic narratives, German, European and global security issues and European integration.

I've published a number of books including, Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order, New York: Routledge, 2013 (with Ben O'Loughlin and Laura Roselle) which was awarded the 2016 Best Book Award by the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association; The Politics of the New Germany 2nd Edition, London, Routledge (2011) (with Simon Green and Dan Hough); The Gathering Crisis: Germany and the Grand Coalition since 2005, Palgrave, Basingstoke (2008) (with William E Paterson and James Sloam) and Germany and the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, Basingstoke, Palgrave, Basingstoke (2007). I am also co-editing a volume with Ben O'Loughlin and Laura Roselle Forging the World: Strategic Narratives in International Relations, which will appear with the University of Michigan Press in 2016.

Within PIR I serve as Co-Director, alongside Dr James Sloam, of the department’s Centre for European Politics. Between 2002-2010 I was Director of European Studies and I served as Director of Graduate Studies from 2010-2012. 

I serve on the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (2014-).

I am External Examiner at the University of Edinburgh. I have held external examining positions at Birkbeck, the British University in Egypt, Kings College London, Loughborough University and Surrey.

I currently supervise one PhD student, Luuk Molthof working on German European Policy.

I have supervised four PhDs to completion: Dr Monika Barthwal-Data (Lecturer, University of New South Wales and MacArthur Foundation Post-doctoral Scholar); Dr Joanna Kaminska (European Parliament and Senior Research Fellow Institute for European Studies, Vrije University, Brussels); Prof Dr Luis Simon Navarro (Institute for European Studies, Vrije University, Brussels) and Pepijn van Houwelingen on European Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union, who works in the charity sector in California.

During 2005-2007 I was post-doctoral fellow on the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme of the Compagnia di San Paolo - Riksbankens Jubileumsfond - VolkswagenStiftung.

Research interests

I am currently working with Prof Ben O'Loughlin (RHUL) and Prof Laura Roselle (Elon/Duke) on the concept of strategic narrative. We have published one book entitled Strategic Narratives which outlines the conceptual basis of strategic narrative, and seeks to integrate the study of international communication with International Relations. The second book we have recently submitted is an edited collection applying strategic narrative to a range of cases including power transition, European integration and terrorism. This research has been supported by the International Studies Association (ISA) and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC).

I also publish in the field of German domestic and foreign policy as well as wider European and global security issues.

Recent Conference Participation and Organisation

Alister Miskimmon (2015) Opening Keynote Address: “Strategic Narratives of Identity: The EU, Europe and the World”, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 27 February 2015. Keynote at Symposium Strategic Narratives of Identity: The EU, Europe and the World, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 27 February 2015.

Alister Miskimmon and Ben O’Loughlin (2015) The Strategic Narrative of the Ukraine Crisis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 24 February 2015.

Alister Miskimmon (2015) ‘What’s wrong with Soft Power’? Sandhurst Military Academy, 27 January 2015.

Alister Miskimmon (2013) ‘Germany’s evolving strategic narrative in foreign and security policy’, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 9 December 2013.

Alister Miskimmon (2013) ‘The development of German foreign and security policy after the 2013 German Federal Elections’. Johns Hopkins Bologna Center, Bologna, Italy. 30 November 2013.

Alister Miskimmon (2012) The strategic narrative of German Europapolitik and the Eurozone Crisis’, Political culture/cultural politics of Germany in the 21st Century, Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham, 7-9 December 2012. Invited talk.

Alister Miskimmon (2012) ‘Germany and the Eurozone crisis’, German Academic Exchange Service Annual Conference, Cumberland Lodge, 6 December 2012. Invited talk.

Alister Miskimmon (2011) Keynote Address, ‘Political Communication and International Relations, International Studies Association South Annual Meeting, Elon University, North Carolina, 14-15 October 2011.

Alister Miskimmon (2011) “Breaking down the remaining walls”: Prospects for EU-NATO co-operation, 46th Annual Security Conference, Norwegian Atlantic Committee, 8th February 2011, Oslo, Norway.

Alister Miskimmon (2010) Germany and the EU’s role as an actor in international security policy, Germany in International Security Policy: 20 Years After re-unification, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies Conference, Oslo 19th November 2010.

Alister Miskimmon, Ben O’Loughlin and Felix Ciuta (2010) Section Convenors, Strategic Narratives and International Relations, Standing Group on International Relations, European Consortium for Political Research, Stockholm, September 2010.

Alister Miskimmon (2010) Invited talk on UK General Election 2010, University of Bamberg, Germany, 16th June 2010.

Alister Miskimmon (2009) Co-convenor for conference entitled, ‘Reframing the Nation: Media Publics and Strategic Narratives’, 18-19 May 2009, The Open University, Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London. Co-organised by the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, Open University and the Centre for European Politics and the New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Alister Miskimmon (2009) Co-convenor of International Studies Association Catalytic Workshop entitled, Great Powers after the Bush Presidency: Interests, Strategies, Narratives, Marriott Hotel, Times Square, 14 February 2009. Presented paper entitled, ‘Great Powers and Strategic Narratives: The State of the Field’ with Andreas Antoniades and Ben O'Loughlin.



  • ES2001: European Integration since 1945 (course co-leader)
  • ES3001: Contemporary Issues in Europe (course co-leader)
  • PR3530 The Politics of Modern Germany (course co-leader)


  • PR5805: European Union Foreign Policy (course leader)
  • PR9000: Professional Development and Research Seminar for PhD students (course co-leader)

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