I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

I am also an associate fellow at the Institute for German Studies at Birmingham University.

I was previously a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, and the research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Before that I was a full-time journalist and still write regularly for Prospect, The Guardian, the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement. I have also written for various other newspapers and magazines including The ObserverFinancial TimesThe TimesThe Wall Street JournalDie Zeit and Le Monde.

I also write for foreign-policy journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Internationale Politik, Berlin Policy Journal and The Washington Quarterly.

My first book, Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany’s 1968 generation and the Holocaust, was published in 2009. You can order it at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

My second book, The Paradox of German Power, was published in 2014. You can order it at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

I studied philosophy and German at Oxford University and journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. As an undergraduate, I also spent a year at the Freie Universität Berlin.

You can also find me on flickr and twitter.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Mr. Kundnani,
    I just wanted to send you a short note of the most heartfelt congratulations to your fine book Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany’s 1968 generation and the Holocaust. It is a really important work that — I hope — will make its mark that it so richly deserves.
    I am particularly pleased and honored that you obviously found some of my own work on the German Left of importance to yours.
    That is always delightful for ANY author to experience.
    With all good wishes
    Andy Markovits

  2. Dear Mr Kundnani
    I just read your paper on German geo-economic power in the Washington Quarterly and find your analysis outstanding. Much has been written about the subject in the past few months, but your background and intellectual perspective provide valuable insights. Keep it up.
    Perhaps true EU-great power thinkers should switch their workplace from the Brussels eurokratia to the Berlin Republic…
    Yours sincerely,
    Jonathan van Blaaderen

  3. Once in Cracow I met You in the restaurant, accidentally we sat at one table because there were no more seats. At that time I was a student of international relations in one of Krakow’s universities. Thanks to an interview we exchanged a few sentences on contemporary international relations. Pending receipt of the cards I didn’t know who I was talking, I thought that You are a tourist, it was probably 2010 or 2011 fall on one of the streets of the main square in Kraków.
    After years I must admit that in some way this conversation influenced my career, now focus on the theme got a doctorate in politics, with specialization on the Polish-German relations.
    You want to take this opportunity to congratulate Your approach especially to strangers.
    Greetings from Krakow Ph.D. Jakub Stankiewicz

  4. Hi Hans,

    Thank you so much for the article entitled “What is the Liberal International Order?”

    This is one of the best writings I ever read in terms of simplicity and clarity in language and content on the topic.

    Hopefully, talk to you sometime in future.

    Khem Sedhai (from Nepal)
    Maxwell-in-Washington at CSIS

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