The Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft ( Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science , OSI) has a research institute of the Free University of Berlin and the largest political-scienceinstitution in Germany .

The institute is part of the faculty for political and social sciences. It is named after Otto Suhr , a former mayor of Berlin (1894-1957, SPD ).


The OSI arose in 1959 from the Deutsche Hochschule für Politik ( German Academy for Politics ) founded in 1920.

During the German student movement in the late 1960s, the Otto-Suhr-Institute was reckoned a ‚leftist‘ and later an ‚alternative‘ think tank , as well as a radical thinker Johannes Agnoli . However, in this days, this reputation is rather legendary than lifelike.

Current activity

The OSI continues to be one of the leading institutions in the field of political science in Germany, focusing on the study of International Relations . Since 2001, Thomas Risse heads the Institute for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy which was founded in 1986 as the Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Helga Haftendorn .

International programs

The institute offers an integrated German-French double-degree Bachelor’s degree in a double-degree Master program with French High School Sciences Po Paris (formerly also known as Institute of Political Studies of Paris) as well as a German-Russian Joint Master’s degree program in co-operation with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations . It has also successfully developed a double degree in Public Policy and Management with the top-ranking European business school, HEC Paris . [1]

Notable faculty

  • Arnulf Baring , historian and political scientist
  • Ernst Fraenkel , political scientist
  • Herta Däubler-Gmelin , train German Minister of Justice
  • Thomas Risse , international scholar relations
  • Heinrich August Winkler , historian

Notable alumni

  • Jakob Augstein , journalist and publisher of Der Freitag
  • Hermann Scheer , environmentalist
  • Gesine Schwan , Professor of Political Science
  • Gabor Steingart , journalist
  • Anne Will , TV journalist


  1. Jump up^ „Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science: German-French program with HEC Paris“ . . Retrieved 2011-01-31 .