Pia Niedermeier is a Ph.D. candidate at the Free University of Berlin and a research assistant to the international security division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), a Berlin-based foreign policy think tank. Her areas of expertise include Germany’s policy in NATO, post-conflict reconstruction, and Afghanistan.
Ms. Niedermeier holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, and Potsdam University, where she conducted research on external democracy promotion and post-conflict reconstruction. After her studies, Ms. Niedermeier worked as a Junior Consultant at the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on an evaluation of German development assistance to north Afghanistan. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Free University Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse that examines the processes and outcomes of intra-alliance bargaining across the Atlantic since 1990. Specifically, her research focuses on the ways in which smaller allies can influence U.S. policies of military intervention.
During her DAAD/AICGS fellowship, Ms. Niedermeier will focus on the challenges and prospects of transatlantic cooperation in Afghanistan. In particular she seeks to examine what Americans expect of Europeans – and Germany in particular – in terms of contributions to military assistance, the process of reconciliation, and regional cooperation.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)