Mathias Großklaus

Mathias Großklaus
Freie Universität Berlin | FUB · John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

Ph.D. in Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

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Introduction
Mathias Großklaus holds a Ph.D. in political science from Freie Universität Berlin. His work is concerned with the normative structure of the international system, the contestation of human rights, and security discourses. He has conducted research on the United Nations’ promotion of gender norms in Nigeria, the European Union’s foreign and neighbourhood policy in the Maghreb, and the role of targeted killing in customary international law. He has taught and researched at Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Bayreuth and at the University of Cambridge.

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This paper conceptualises appropriation as an analytical tool to capture the contradictory nature of human rights localisation. Here appropriation is understood as the intentional reinterpretation of ideas across cultural, spatial and temporal contexts aimed at definitional power. In the first part of the paper I lay out the concept and develop an...
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Although the European Union's engagement beyond its borders is ultimately about power, the concept remains under-utilized in empirical analyses of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). This article therefore proposes political steering as an analytical framework to conceptualize and track the empirical use and entanglements of diverse forms of p...
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Assassination as an instrument of foreign policy has been normal for centuries. It was not until the early modern period that the practice became associated with the emerging concepts of sovereign statehood and liberal norms. Gradually, resorting to assassination became estab-lished as taboo, as something modern states would not do, precisely becau...
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The contestation literature has a norm problem. As I argue in this introductory chapter, the ‘gravitational pull’ of norms as the key unit of analysis in constructivist research creates more problems than it solves for the questions at hand. Although the concept of struggle is the theoretical starting point for contestation research, in order to fu...
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In this paper, I argue that today's 'high value targeting' of individuals in the context of the 'War on Terror' is rooted in strategic debates about 'decapitation strikes' that predate September 11. The 'decapitation' paradigm assumes that any enemy organization - whether a state, insurgent group or terrorist organization - can be dismantled by cut...
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Reframed as “targeted killing,” state-sponsored assassination is moving toward normalization. I maintain that this development can only be understood in the context of long-standing frictions between meta-norms. The regulation of assassination as an instrument of foreign policy is a normative amalgam that is connected to both state sovereignty and...
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Power is conspicuously absent from the empirical analysis of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the Mediterranean. This article develops a conceptual framework that allows for a comprehensive analysis of how the EU employs power in external affairs. It incorporates hard, indirect as well as truly 'soft' modes of power as those in which no i...
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Soft, smart, normative or civilian: when it comes to qualifying the European Union‟s foreign policy, scholarship has produced an exhaustive list of attributes. However, adequate criteria to eventually identify a normative or soft power often remain vague. Most contributions ask whether Europe acts as a certain kind of power – not whether it actuall...
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This paper conceptualizes a framework of political steering that includes modern conceptions of power as formulated by Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and others and applies it to the empirical analysis of the EU neighborhood policies. Analyzing the promotion of human rights and democracy as part of a comprehensive security strategy in Morocco since 2...

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