Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Dr. Michael Liebig

Room: SAI R 410
Office Hours: upon arrangement



Research Fields / Interests

  • Ancient Indian politico-strategic thought, notably Kautilya's Arthashastra
  • Flow, re-use and latent presence of Kautilyan thought
  • Indian strategic culture and contemporary security policy
  • Kautilyan core concepts and modern theory of 'political realism'


  • Dany Shoham and Michael Liebig (2016): The intelligence dimension of Kautilyan statecraft and its implications for the present. Journal of Intelligence History (Taylor & Francis):
  • Liebig, Michael (2014): Endogene Politisch-Kultuelle Ressourcen: Die Relevanz des Kautilya-Arthashastra für das moderne Indien. Baden-Baden: Nomos
  • Liebig, Michael(2014): Kau?ilya's Arthasastra - A Classic Text of Statecraft and an Untapped Political Science Resource. Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, 74
  • Liebig, Michael(2014): Statecraft and Intelligence Analysis in the Kautilya-Arthashastra, Journal of Defence Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4 October-December 2014, pp. 27-54
  • Liebig, Michael(2013): Kautilya's Relevance for India Today. India Quarterly, 69/2, S. 99-116

Education and professional background

  • 2014: PhD in Political Science, Goethe University, Frankfurt/M (external supervisor: Prof. Dr. Subrata K. Mitra)
  • 2014: Visiting Fellowship, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Delhi
  • 2012: three-month research stay in Delhi for expert interviews in the Indian strategic community
  • 2010: Dipl.-Pol., Goethe University, Frankfurt/M
  • 1996-2002: repeated visits to India in the context of journalistic assignments
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