Chris Luenen

Associate Director & Head of the Geopolitics Programme

Expertise: US Foreign and Security Policy, Transatlantic Relations, Globalisation vs. Regionalisation, the Geopolitics of the Middle East, Political Islam, Islam


Academia: BA in International Relations and Business Studies, London Metropolitan University; MA in Middle East Studies, University of Exeter; PhD in War Studies, King's College London (ongoing)

Professional Background:

Chris Luenen is Associate Director and Head of the Geopolitics Programme at the Global Policy Institute. He is responsible for external partnerships, project and programme development and, together with the director and deputy director of the GPI, involved in overall strategic planning. He has been a driving force behind the reorganisation of the Institute over the 2011/2012 Academic Year. Chris Luenen has previous professional experience in journalism, public policy research and political foundations, and regularly publishes in media outlets such as the Guardian, the Atlantic Times, World Politics Review, the National Interest as well as DIE ZEIT and Deutsche Welle Online. Previous roles have included Project Manager at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in London and Project Consultant at the Industry Forum. He is also Operations Director at Secgate, a specialist cyber security consultancy based in London.

His recent research has focused on the transformations taking place across North Africa and the Middle East, on the changing dynamics of great power politics, especially in Central and South Asia as well as on regionalism and world order. In the capacity of Head of the Geopolitics Programme, Chris has most recently devised and organised the public policy research project ‘Out of the Turmoil: A New Middle East?, which the GPI has run together with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung London Office. The project produced a wealth of analysis and policy recommendations that have been published, among other places, in DIE ZEIT Online, the Guardian Cif, World Politics Review and the National Interest Online.

Selected Publications:

Europa muss seine Beziehungen zu den USA neu justieren, DIE ZEIT Online, 6 June 2014

A strategic vision for a New West, The Atlantic Times, 30 May 2014

Time for a U.S. Middle East U-Turn, The National Interest, 25 September 2013

Risky Ramifications of Egypt’s Coup, The National Interest, 11 July 2013

The Open Method of Coordination (OMC) – A Governance Mechanism for the G20? (co-authored with Dr. Henning Meyer, LSE, and Dr Stephen Barber, Southbank University), to be published by the Bertelsmann Foundation, November 2011

Europe Must Engage the Muslim Brotherhood to Re-Engage the Arab WorldWorld Politics Review, 21 October 2011

Wie Europa mit den Muslimbruedern umgehen kannDIE ZEIT Online, 6 October 2011

The Rise of the BrotherhoodThe National Interest, 16 February 2011

Austerity Will Leave Britain No Choice but to Join the EuroSocial Europe Journal, 10 February 2011

The Coming Three-Bloc WorldPolitical Insight, The Political Studies Association, 16 November 2010

Military action is still a crucial policy toolThe Guardian, 14 June 2010

A regional solution to the Iraqi quagmireDeutsche Welle (, 5 March 2010

The real stakes in the Afghan warThe Guardian, 10 December 2009

Transatlantic Economic Cooperation: A Reader (part 1), The Global Policy Institute, June 2008

Transatlantic Economic Cooperation: A Reader (part 2), The Global Policy Institute, June 2008

The British Iraq Commission: Federalism as an Exit StrategyDeutsche Welle (, August  2007