Sophia Besch

Sophia Besch

Senior research fellow
Areas of expertise 

EU Common Security and Defence Policy, European defence industry integration, NATO, German security and defence policy

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La eleccion del sucesor de Merkel: ¿Ninguno de los de arriba?

Agenda Publica
15 January 2021
La competencia por los votantes de Angela Merkel ha comenzado, y la CDU necesita un líder capaz de mantener unida a su amplia red de partidarios. Éste bien puede ser el ministro de Salud, Jens Spahn.

Strategic autonomy and the next four years of EU-US relations

Encompass
15 December 2020
European leaders greeted Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election with relief.

Deutschland muss in Peking eigene Interessen durchsetzen, ohne Schoßhund der USA zu werden

Der Tagesspiegel
27 November 2020
Die Corona Pandemie hat den Großmachtkonflikt zwischen China und den USA weiter verschärft.

Deutscher Bundestag: Experten befürworten Mehrheitsentscheide in der GASP

23 November 2020
Sophia Besch a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform gave evidence to the Bundestag Committee for European Union Affairs, on qualified majority voting in EU foreign policy.

CER podcast: How should the EU approach China?

18 November 2020
Sophia Besch spoke to Sir John Sawers about the relationship between Europe, the US and China.

Five big questions as America votes: Europe

Atlantic Council
30 October 2020
In which areas should the United States and Germany work to reconcile their differences to address global challenges and where should they “agree to disagree”? “In the field of security and defense, Germany and the United States have an interest in reconciling their differences over a number of issues.

CER podcast: Europe, the US and China: A love-hate triangle?

14 October 2020
This week's podcast accompanies the launch of the CER policy brief 'Europe, the US and China: A love-hate triangle?', which examines the complex triangular relations between Europe, Beijing and Washington,
Europe tests the waters for a stronger defence policy: EU leaders must agree on where threats to the continent originate

Europe tests the waters for a stronger defence policy: EU leaders must agree on where threats to the continent originate

Financial Times
13 August 2020
For the past four years, the EU has trumpeted its plans to invest in defence. This summer’s budget negotiations were a test of its ambitions. Now that the dust is settling, where is EU defence headed?
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CER podcast: The EU, the US and China: Irresponsible stakeholders in the global order?

08 April 2020
The EU, the US  and China are the most important economic blocs in the world. But trade, political and security relations between them are becoming dangerously tense. Can the EU calm things down?

EU's institutional framework regarding defence matters

European Parliament
20 March 2020
The new initiatives and developments in the EU’s institutional defence architecture in recent years have the potential to make the Union a more capable defence actor.