Sophia Besch

Centre for European Reform

Sophia Besch is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. She works on European defense issues, with a focus on EU Common Defense and Security Policy, European defense industry co-operation, NATO and German foreign and defense policy. Sophia also hosts the CER podcast.

Sophia comments regularly on the broadcast and print media and has contributed opinion pieces on defense issues and on German foreign policy to various magazines and newspapers. She has given oral evidence to the House of Common Defense Select Committee on the subject of the future of UK-EU defense co-operation.

Prior to joining the CER, Sophia was a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the Policy Planning Unit at NATO HQ and worked as a researcher for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She is a Steering Committee member of Women in International Security (WIIS) UK. Sophia holds degrees in International Security and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

Recent Content


Episode 08: German and European Security at a Crossroads

As the March 29 deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union approaches, no one knows how it will ultimately turn out.┬áBut some lessons are apparent despite the …