Stephan Klose

Stephan Klose

PhD Researcher European Foreign & Security Policy


Stephan Klose joined the Institute for European Studies as a doctoral researcher in October 2014.

Stephan’s research project aims at understanding change and continuity in the EU’s performance as an international actor. Concretely, his research project seeks to investigate how the EU’s ambition to establish itself as a more ‘credible’ international security actor reflects in its performance within particular contexts of its external action. His project employs an interactionist role theory framework, which seeks to identify the EU’s process of re-imagining/ re-establishing its international roles in the context of particular world regions (e.g. East Asia, the Middle East) and issue areas (e.g. counter-terrorism, migration policy).

Stephan holds an MSc in Asian Studies from Lund University and a BSc in European Studies from the University of Twente.


Latest Publications: 

Stephan Klose (2018) "The emergence and evolution of an external actor's regional role: An interactionist role theory perspective" Cooperation and Conflict

Stephan Klose (2018) "Theorizing the EU's Actorness: Towards and Interactionist Role Theory Framework" Journal of Common Market Studies.

Stephan Klose, Astrid Pepermans & Leia Wang (2017) "An Uphill Struggle: Towards a coordinated EU engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative" European Policy Brief (21 November). Available online at:




Profile and Publications


Peer Reviewed Articles

  • SIMON, Luis & KLOSE, Stephan. 2015. Asia Europe Journal (Online First) Link

Newspaper Op-eds & Online Commentary

  • KLOSE, Stephan. 2015. EGMONT Commentary Link