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Benjamin Kienzle

Marie Curie Fellow

Kienzle_Ben_DrprofileCentre for Science and Security Studies

Department of War Studies

King's College London

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The Strand, London WC2R 2LS

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Dr Ben Kienzle is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) within the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. His research project ‘EU-NONPROLIF’ is funded by the European Commission and deals with the increasing interaction between the European Union and international non-proliferation institutions in the field of nuclear and chemical weapons. He is also a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, a research group based in Barcelona.

Before joining King’s College, Dr Kienzle was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, where he coordinated the DYNAMUS project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The project examined the dynamics of the multilateral system, in particular the interaction between the European Union and global institutions.

Dr Kienzle holds a PhD in International Relations and European Integration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2010) and an MA with distinction in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster (2003). During his doctoral studies, Dr Kienzle was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (Institute of European Studies, 2006-2008), the University of Cambridge (Centre of International Studies, 2008) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Institute of European Studies, 2008-2009).

During his academic career, Dr Kienzle has been eager to maintain close links with the world of practitioners: He has gained work experience at the UN Headquarters in New York (UN-DPADM), at the Secretariat of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels and at IGADI (Instituto Galego de Análise i Documentació Internacional), a Spanish think-tank.

Research Interests
  • Multilateral security cooperation
  • European security
  • International non-proliferation institutions
  • European Union non-proliferation policies
  • Relations between Europe & Iran and between Europe & India

 Dr Kienzle is currently implementing a two-year, research-only fellowship project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (209,033.40 Euros):

  • EU-NONPROLIF (Multilateral interaction in the fight against nuclear and chemical weapons: the European Union and international non-proliferation institutions)

This project deals with the increasingly strong relationship between the European Union (EU) and international non-proliferation institutions in the field of nuclear and chemical weapons, in particular the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Australia Group. Its overall research objective is to understand better the still under-researched and under-theorized area of EU interaction with these international institutions. Given the prominent role of both the EU and international non-proliferation institutions regarding international proliferation challenges, the project will also be linked directly to the analysis of concrete cases in the realm of non-proliferation, i.e. the Iranian nuclear crisis, India’s increasing assertiveness in the nuclear field and the dangers of WMD terrorism.


Dr Kienzle has published articles on European foreign and security policies in a number of international peer-reviewed journals. He is also a contributor to handbooks in both English and Spanish about European security policies. His most recent publications include:

  • Kienzle, B. (2014), ‘The New Face of EU Security Policies? Analysing the Normative Patterns of EU Non-Proliferation Policies in the Southern Mediterranean', Mediterranean Politics(print version forthcoming – available online now).
  • Kienzle, B. (2013) ‘A European contribution to non-proliferation? The EU WMD Strategy at ten’, International Affairs 89(5): 1143–1159.
  • Kienzle, B. (2013) ‘The Role of Ideas in EU Responses to International Crises: Comparing the Cases of Iraq and Iran’, Cooperation and Conflict48(3): 424-443.
  • Kienzle, B. (2013) ‘The Non-Proliferation Regime’, in Knud-Erik Jørgensen and Katie Verlin Laatikainen, eds.: Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions, Abingdon: Routledge: 371-388. [co-authored with Cindy Vestergaard]
  • Kienzle, B. (2013) ‘Interview’, FPRC Journal 13, Foreign Policy Research Centre, New Delhi, India: 39-42, <>.
  • For a full list of publications, please visit his research profile.

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