Dr. David Kuehn

Senior Research Fellow | Coordinator GIGA Forum


  • Short CV

    • 04/2018 - 06/2019: Speaker of Research Team "Authoritarian Politics", Research Programme 1

    • Since 01/2018: Senior Research Fellow, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

    • 2015 - 2017: Senior Research Fellow and Principal Investigator, Heidelberg University, Research project “Dictators’ Endgames: Theory and Empirical Analysis of Military Behavior in Authoritarian Regime Crises, 1946-2014”, funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)

    • 06/2015 - 09/2015: Senior Research Fellow, Heidelberg University, Institute of Political Science

    • 03/2013 - 05/2015: Senior Research Fellow, Heidelberg University, Project on “Democratic Transformation and Civilian Control of the Military: A Configurative Comparison of New Democracies (1974-2010)” funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)

    • 12/2012 - 02/2013: Research Fellow, Heidelberg University, Institute of Political Science

    • 11/2008 - 11/2012: Research Fellow, Heidelberg University, Project on “Democratization and Civilian Control of the Military in East Asia” funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)

    • 04/2008 - 10/ 2008: PhD Scholarship, Baden-Württemberg Graduate Foundation (Landesgraduiertenförderung, LGFG)

    • 10/2006 - 03/2008: Lecturer, Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University

    • Education: MA in Political Science and Modern Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University (Germany), Chinese Culture University and Chinese National Normal University Taipei (Taiwan); Dissertation “Institutionalizing Civilian Control of the Military in New Democracies” at Heidelberg University, Germany

    • Extended Curriculum Vitae

    Current Research

    • Civil-military relations

    • Democratization

    • Authoritarianism

    • Research methods

    Countries and Regions

    • Taiwan

    • South Korea


    Memberships

    • Democratization
    • European Research Group on Military and Society

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    david.kuehn@giga-hamburg.de

    Sociological Methods and Research | 03/2022

    Do Quantitative and Qualitative Research Reflect Two Distinct Cultures? An Empirical Analysis of 180 Articles Suggests “No”

    Based on the empirical evaluation of a stratified random sample of 180 publications, Kuehn and Rohlfing cast doubt on the popular hypothesis that the application of quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences constitute different and internally consistent methods “cultures”.

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Ingo Rohlfing

    GIGA Focus Asia | 6/2021

    Managing the Status Quo: Continuity and Change in the United States’ Taiwan Policy

    Many Taiwanese were concerned that US-Taiwan relations would worsen under President Biden. Contrary to these worries, in the first ten months in office, the Biden administration has repeatedly signalled the US’ continuing support. This GIGA Focus analyses the continuity and change in US Taiwan policy.

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Chapter in edited Volume | 05/2021

    Militarization: The Missing Link Between Threats and Civilian Control

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Prof. Dr. Yagil Levy

    Edited volume | Lynne Rienner Publishers | 05/2021

    Mobilizing Force: Linking Security Threats, Militarization, and Civilian Control in Democracies

    The authors of Mobilizing Force draw on case studies from around the world to systematically examine critical questions of the use of military force by democratic goverments, exploring the interrelationships among security threats, the militarization of security policy, and democratic accountability.

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Prof. Dr. Yagil Levy

    Research Project | 15/01/2022 - 14/12/2024

    COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, political leaders reacted by containment measures that, next to combating the spread of the pandemic, also presented a window of opportunity to bolster executives’ personal grasp on power. Personalization of power has been particularly worrying in the Global South where constraints on the chief executives were often already weak prior to the pandemic. This project assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the personalization of executive power in 36 countries of the Global South.
    DFG, 2021-2024

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 31/08/2022

    (Un-)healthy Civil-Military Relations? Militarization of State Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Latin America and Asia-Pacific

    A number of governments in Latin America and Asia-Pacific have given their militaries wide-ranging responsibilities to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. While the militarization of politics and public life partly precedes the pandemic, COVID-19 acts as a major stress test. States have mobilized the military to support civilian health systems and administrative agencies, and to uphold public order. This project examines the role the military plays in the COVID-19 pandemic response in 36 countries in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/10/2015 - 01/05/2019

    The Dictator's Endgame: Theory and Empirical Analysis of Military Behavior in Authoritarian Regime Crises, 1946 - 2014

    The military determines the outcomes of peaceful mass protests in dictatorships. The project explains the outcome of authoritarian regime crises as the result of the strategic behavior of the military leadership who will repress the protests, side with the protesters, or stage a coup depending on which option maximizes their benefits. The argument is tested empirically on an original quantitative dataset on all mass protests dictatorships worldwide between 1946 and 2014.
    DFG, 2015-2019

    Moderator | 26/01/2022

    Has America Come Back? President Biden’s Foreign Policy towards the Global South

    GIGA Talk Online event: 26/01/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Speaker | 15/11/2021

    COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region

    Conference 15/11/2021

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Organiser | 27/10/2021

    Final Chance for the 1.5 Degrees? Expectations for the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow

    GIGA Forum Online event: 27/10/2021 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    This GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk addresses the complicated negotiations to be expected during COP26: Who will act on which policy fields? What role does trust play in overcoming remaining differences? What role can civil society play to facilitate negotiations and make COP26 successful?

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    Teaching | Heidelberg University | 2020

    Game-theoretic Models in Comparative Politics

    Heidelberg University Heidelberg

    Teaching | GIGA Institute for Asian Studies | Accountability and Participation | GIGA Doctoral Programme | 2019

    An Introduction to the Logic and Practice of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

    GIGA Doctoral Programme

    Teaching | Swiss Military Academy, ETH Zurich | 2019

    Democratic Control of the Military

    Swiss Military Academy, ETH Zurich Zurich

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