Donald Abenheim, Ph.D.
Glasgow Hall, Room 315
Associate ProfessorExpertise: European Security, Central Europe
Abenheim is a historian of war and politics in European, German and US history and a consultant on contemporary defense institution building and international defense education to various Euro Atlantic defense ministries and defense academies as well as NATO. He founded the Center for Civil Military Relations (CCMR) at the Naval Postgraduate School in 1993 amid the enlargement of NATO.
Abenheim was a national fellow at Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 1988, and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution from 1988 until 2004 and a Research Fellow from 2004 until 2012.
From 1994 until 2000, he organized seminars in NATO’s enlargement of democratic civil-military relations at NATO headquarters and in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Austria, and Georgia for ministries of defense as they made the transition from the Soviet system of civil-military relations.
Prior to his role at CCMR, he was a consultant to the strategic directorates of the Army and Navy staffs, as well as to the Office of Net Assessment of the US Department of Defense.
Before completing his doctoral studies, he was a civilian staff member of the US Army, Europe, liaising with the German forces on burden sharing; an archivist at the Hoover Institution focusing on Germany in the twentieth century; and a museum curator at the Presidio of San Francisco whose specialty was the US Army with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and military regalia.
He received a PhD degree in European history from Stanford University in 1985.
History of Modern Europe
War and Culture in Europe
Security and Politics in Europe and North America
US-European Relations in the Past and Present
Epstein, Rachel, Donald Abenheim, and Marc-André Walther. “Burden-Sharing within NATO: Facts from Germany for the Current Debate.” Denver Dialogues (blog). August 7, 2018.
Donald Abenheim, and Carolyn Halladay. Soldiers, War, Knowledge and Citizenship: German-American Essays on Civil-Military Relations. Berlin: Miles-Verlag 2017.
Donald Abenheim, and Carolyn Hallday. Save the Citizen in Uniform! Potsdam: Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr, 2017.
Donald Abenheim and Carolyn Halladay. “Thoughts on Strategy Yesterday and Today.” In Wiener Strategie-Konferenz 2016: Strategie neu denken, ed. Wolfgang Peischel. Berlin: Miles-Verlag, 2017.
Donald Abenheim. “Military Relations between the United States and Europe.” In Geschichte ohne Grenzen? Europäische Dimensionen der Militärgeschichte vom 19. Jahrhundert bis heute, ed. Jörg Echternkamp and Hans-Hubertus Mack. Berlin: De Gruter, 2016.
Donald Abenheim and Carolyn Halladay. “Professional Soldiers and Citizens in Uniform: Some Thoughts on Innere Führung from a Transatlantic Perspective.” Innere Führung 1 (2016).
Donald Abenheim et al. Navy Strategy Development: Strategy in the 21st Century. Monterey, CA: Naval Postgraduate School, 2015.
Donald Abenheim, "The Democratic Civil-Military Relations of Austerity: Thoughts about the Past and the Present," Schriftenreihe des Zentrums fur Militargeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr 14 (July 2013): pp. 18–91.