Dr. Dorle Hellmuth

Dr. Dorle Hellmuth is Assistant Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America. At CUA, she teaches courses on European Politics, Transatlantic Security, Homeland Security, Comparative Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Counterterrorism. She previously served on the faculty of American University’s School of International Service. Dr. Hellmuth also held an appointment as a research fellow at the National War College/National Defense University for more than five years, where she helped design courses in national security strategy and decision-making.

Dr. Hellmuth has published on topics such as domestic counterterrorism reforms in the United States and Germany, U.S. intelligence reorganization, the Department of Homeland Security, NATO enlargement, nuclear non-proliferation, as well as transnational security challenges. Her dissertation compared post-9/11 domestic counterterrorism responses in the United States, Germany, Great Britain, and France.

In addition to serving as a DAAD/AICGS fellow in 2009, Dr. Hellmuth has received scholarships and research grants from e.g. the Earhart Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the French Embassy in Berlin.

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The Question of Military Action Against Iran – Of Busted Bunker Hopes and Short Fuses

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Iran’s nuclear ambitions – and the West’s response – are analyzed by Non-Resident Fellow Dorle Hellmuth.

Finding Security in an Age of Uncertainty: German and American Counterterrorism Policies


New administrations took office in 2009 in both Germany and the United States, bringing with them renewed focus on counterterrorism measures. Still, despite ever-increasing cooperation among allies, the German and American publics react differently to threats of terrorism, as shown by the recent failed attack in Detroit. In Policy Report 41, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Frank Gadinger looks at German counterterrorism policies, explaining not only how the German government perceives counterterrorism, but also how and why the German public reacts to counterinsurgency (COIN) and data retention policies as it does. Discussing the American approach to counterterrorism, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dorle Hellmuth looks at the response to terrorism following 9/11, the strategic culture in the U.S., and the remaining challenges for President Obama in light of his commitment to closing Guantanamo and sending additional troops to Afghanistan.

German and U.S. Domestic Counterterrorism Responses: Only Half a World Apart

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According to popular opinion, German and U.S. approaches to counterterrorism could not be more different. However, when looking past the rhetoric and focusing on domestic counterterrorism responses, one sees that German and U.S. approaches are not as different as commonly thought, argues Dr. Dorle Hellmuth, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow and professor at American University. Especially since terrorism is a global issue that requires cooperation amongst nations, it is crucial to highlight the many similarities between German and U.S. counterterrorism challenges, objectives, and practices, Dr. Hellmuth writes.