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.
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In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Pia Niedermeier writes that Germany has arguably changed policy amid domestic and international constraints and has become an active partner in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan despite prior reservations. Ms. Niedermeier contends that two main challenges remain for German-American relations and Germany’s role in the transatlantic alliance in and beyond this mission – a narrative gap and a strategic gap – which need to be addressed to ensure that all sides are on the same page for future missions.
When it comes to Libya, the Merkel government finds itself on the defensive on many fronts, writes DAAD/AICGS Fellow Pia Niedermeier. The German government has correctly pointed out that a political vision for the conflict is missing, Ms. Niedermeier argues, but it must also take the blame for not developing such a vision together with its partners.