Clara Marina O'Donnell
Clara Marina O'Donnell joined the Centre for European Reform in 2007, as a research fellow on EU foreign policy and defence. Since September 2011, she has been at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, where she is a non-resident fellow.
She focuses on European defence co-operation, defence industrial matters and the Middle East. In addition to publishing policy reports, she writes articles in peer-reviewed journals, including International Affairs, and opinions pieces in newspapers, including European Voice and Jane’s defence weekly. She speaks at international conferences and provides commentary to the media, including BBC’s Newsnight, The Financial Times, The New York Times and El País.
In 2011-12, she was a Fulbright Schuman scholar. Before joining the CER, she worked for NATO at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium and as a researcher for Chatham House on Europe. She has also had various placements within EU institutions. She has an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a BA in European Studies from King's College London. She also studied at Sciences-Po Paris.
She is a board member of the Washington European Society and a member of the UK Advisory Council of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She was previously on the steering group for the Under 35s Forum at Chatham House.
Areas of expertise
European defence, transatlantic defence market, EU foreign and security policy, in particular towards the Middle East.