The Future of Germany’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Whatever the outcome of the September elections, Germany’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East will remain by and large stable writes AICGS Non-resident Fellow Almut Möller. In her essay “The Future of Germany’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East: European, Transatlantic, and Eventually More German?” Möller argues that Germany will continue to cooperate with the European Union in its Middle East policies and will seek a strong link with the Obama administration in Washington in the face of such challenges as the war in Iraq, the Iranian nuclear program, the fragmentation of the Palestinian territories, and the Israeli invasion in Gaza.

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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 ( 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).