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Dr Sybille Reinke de Buitrago

International Relations

University of Hamburg



Dr Sybille Reinke de Buitrago is Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), Germany.

She earned her PhD in Political Science in 2010 from the University of Hamburg. Her dissertation focused on IR, security policy and threat perception. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, both from the American University in Washington, DC. Before she began her academic studies, she was an exchange student in the US with a scholarship from the US Congress and the German Bundestag.

Her research focuses on questions in IR, as well as foreign and security policy, and peace and conflict studies. She is particularly interested in how identity, perception, space, emotions, discourse and power interact to shape international relations, and conflict and cooperation processes. She has edited and published on these topics in Global Affairs, Asian Politics & Policy, the Journal of Terrorism Research, and the Journal of Strategic Security, among others.

Sybille has published two monographs: Threat Images in International Relations: American and German Security Policy on International Terrorism, and Innerdeutsche Streitigkeiten: Warum das Verständnis zwischen Ost- und Westdeutschen noch immer fehlt, which deals with the cultural and identity differences between East and West Germans after re-unification. She also edited the volume Portraying the Other in International Relations: Cases of Othering, Their Dynamics and the Potential for Transformation. Her work experience includes positions at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, and at the University of Bremen and the University of Hamburg in Germany.

She has been the co-editor of Security & Peace since 2007, and she serves as reviewer for a number of international peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she is active in academic teaching, in particular on subjects within the field of IR.