Enhancing European Security

This essay was originally published by the Deutsche Gesellscaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. It was authored by Almut Möller, director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and AICGS Non-Resident Fellow; Patrick Keller is coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin; Svenja Sinjen is director of the “Berliner Forum Zukunft” at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP); Johannes Varwick is professor of political science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

“Currently preoccupied with its ongoing debt crisis, the European Union is paying little attention to its regional security policy. In the future, however, Europe will inevitably have to take an increased share of the responsibility for its own security. When it comes to revitalizing the security debate, Germany needs to take the initiative. And for the German government, this is a task that begins above all at home.”

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Almut Möller

European Council on Foreign Relations

Almut Möller is a political scientist and currently a senior policy fellow and head of the European Council on Foreign Relations’ (ECFR) Berlin office. She has published widely on European affairs, foreign and security policy, and Germany’s role in the EU, and is a frequent commentator in the international media. Almut started her career in the think tank world at the Centre for Applied Policy Research at LMU University in Munich (1999-2008), where she focused on EU institutions and reform, and later on EU foreign policy. She then worked as an independent political analyst in London, focusing on EU-Middle East relations (2008-2010). Before joining ECFR she led the Europe program at the German Council on Foreign Relations/DGAP (2010-2015). Research fellowships have taken her to Renmin University of China in Beijing, the Al Ahram Center for Political and Security Studies in Cairo and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she continues to engage as a non-resident fellow. Almut is a member of the extended board of Women in International Security (WIIS.de) and a member of the 14th Advisory Board “Innere Führung” of the German Federal Ministry of Defense.

She is a 2016-2017 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Patrick Keller

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

A former AICGS/DAAD Fellow, Patrick Keller is the Coordinator of Foreign and Security policy at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung