von Einsiedel, Sebastian

Vice-Rector in Europe and UN Political Advisory Council of the German Federal Foreign Ministry

UNU Publications
Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Sebastian von Einsiedel
    Vice-Rectorate for Europe
    +49 228 815 0205

    Research Interests

    • Peace and security


    • Master of International Affairs, Columbia University (2002)
    • Master of Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
    • Certificat d'Etudes Politiques (Focus on History of international relations, French foreign policy), Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence

    Biographical Statement

    Sebastian von Einsiedel is the Vice-Rector in Europe for the United Nations University, based in Bonn, Germany.

    As the only Vice-Rector outside of UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Mr. von Einsiedel facilitates increased collaboration of UNU with the global UN system and with key stakeholders in Europe, including Europe-based UN entities and the European Commission. He also represents the Rector of UNU in key policy initiatives, especially in Europe and Africa, and support the worldwide institutional development of UNU.

    Prior to being appointed as Vice-Rector, von Einsiedel served as the founding Director of the Tokyo-based UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) from its inception in 2014 until its merger with the UNU Office in New York in the beginning of 2018.

    Mr. von Einsiedel has more than 17 years of professional working experience in the field of International Affairs, including more than a decade with the United Nations. Prior to joining UNU, Mr. von Einsiedel worked in the Policy Planning Unit of the UN Department of Political Affairs (2009–2014), where he led the development of a wide range of policy initiatives on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, counter-terrorism, and organized crime. In 2013, while on sabbatical from the UN, he was a Non-Resident Fellow with the New York University Center on International Cooperation.

    Mr. von Einsiedel first joined the United Nations in 2004 as a member of the research team for the UN Secretary-General’s (SG) High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, and subsequently joined the UN SG Office in preparing for the 2005 World Summit.

    After serving for two years as Special Assistant to the President of the International Peace Academy (now International Peace Institute) in New York, he rejoined the UN in the field, serving with the UN Mission in Nepal from 2007 to mid-2008. In 2008 he returned to New York, working in the UN SG’s Strategic Planning Unit on terrorism-related issues.

    Mr. von Einsiedel also served with the German Bundestag, NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels, and the International Crisis Group in New York. He has published widely on the UN’s role in international peace and security and he is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and panelist. He has a successful track record of advising senior UN officials and interacting with diplomats and government officials from around the world.

    In addition to his mother tongue of German, von Einsiedel is also fluent in English and French.

  • Articles



  • Articles

    • “G4 should reassess plans for Security Council reform,” Op-Ed, Asahi Shimbun, 2 July 2016
    • “Assessing the UN’s Efforts to Counter Terrorism,” In: The 2016 Global Terrorism Index (The Institute for Economics and Peace: Sidney, December 2016).
    • “Selbstkritische Reflexionen zur UN-Laufbahn,” in: E. Griep (Ed), Wir Sind UNO: Deutsche bei den Vereinten Nationen (Basel: Herder: 2015)
    • “Die Rolle der UN im Friedensprozess in Nepal: Über die Grenzen einer politischen Mission,” in: Vereinte Nationen (January 2010)
    • “Policy Responses to State Failure”, in: S. Chesterman, M. Ignatieff and R. Thakur (eds.), Making States Work: State Failure and the Crisis of Governance (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2005)
    • “Vision mit Handlungsanweisung: Das High-level Panel und die Reformagenda der Vereinten Nationen” in: Vereinte Nationen (February 2005)
    • “Engaging the United States in the UN Security Council” (with D. Malone) in Frank Harvey, (ed.), Independence in an Age of Empire: Assessing Unilateralism and Multilateralism (Halifax: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2004)
    • “Selbstbewusstsein ohne Selbstüberschätzung: Deutschlands Rolle im VN-Sicherheitsrat”, in: Vereinte Nationen (Apr. 2004)
    • “Doppelte Eindämmung im Sicherheitsrat: Die USA und Irak im diplomatischen Vorfeld des Krieges” (with S. Chesterman) in: Vereinte Nationen, 2 (April 2003)
    • “Aussenansichten: Sicherheitsrat Wird Irak-Krieg Überstehen” (with D. Malone) Op-Ed, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 31 March 2003


    • (with D. Malone and B. Stagno Ugarte, eds), The UN Security Council in the 21st Century (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2016)
    • (with D. Malone and S. Pradhan, eds) Nepal in Transition: From People’s War to Fragile Peace (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

    Book Chapters

    • (with A. Pichler Fong), “Der Aufstieg Hochrangiger Gruppen: Ein Erfolgsmodell?”, in Vereinte Nationen 1/17 (February 2017), pp. 10-16
    • (with L. Bosetti), “Realizing the UN’s Protection Promise: A Central Challenge for the Next Secretary-General,” in: Global Responsibility to Protect 8 (2016), 366 – 389
    • (with A. Pichler) “Chancen und Grenzen Präventiver Diplomatie“, in: Impulse, 10/2012, November 2012
    • (with E. Rosand) “9/11, Counter-terrorism and the Evolution of Multilateral Institutions”, in: R. Gowan, B. Jones and S. Forman (eds.), Cooperating for Peace and Security (Cambridge: CUP, 2009)
    • (with T. Chhabra and H. Nitzschke) “Evolution of the UN Security Concept: The Role of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change”, in: H.-G. Brauch et al. (eds.), Globalisation and Environmental Challenges: Reconceptualising Security in the 21st Century (Berlin: Springer, 2007)
    • (with D. Malone) “Peace and Democracy for Haiti: A UN Mission Impossible?”, in: International Relations, 20/2 (June 2006)
    • (with D. Malone) “Engaging the United States in the UN Security Council”, in Frank Harvey, (ed.), Independence in an Age of Empire: Assessing Unilateralism and Multilateralism (Halifax: Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2004)
    • (with S. Chesterman) “Doppelte Eindämmung im Sicherheitsrat: Die USA und Irak im diplomatischen Vorfeld des Krieges”, in: Vereinte Nationen, 2 (April 2003)
    • (with S. Chesterman) “Dual Containment: The US, Iraq, and the UN Security Council,” in: P. Eden and T. O’Donnell (eds.), September 11, 2001: A Turning Point in International and Domestic Law? (NY: Transnational Publishers, 2004)
    • (with D. Malone) “The UN Intervention in Haiti: 1991-2001”, in: Mats Berdal et al (eds), The New Interventionism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)