New AtlanticistJun 14, 2023
The hits and misses in Germany’s new national security strategy
By Atlantic Council experts
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has just released Germany's national security strategy. Atlantic Council experts answer the most urgent questions about the document and the path forward for this major European power.
Roderick Kefferpütz is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and the director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union office in Brussels.
Kefferpütz was previously a senior analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) working on China’s increasing influence in Europe and Sino-Russian relations. In this capacity, he testified before the European Parliament and appeared as a regular commentator in the international and German print and broadcast media.
From 2017 to 2021, he worked at the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg as a political advisor, speechwriter, and deputy head of unit for strategy and policy. Before that, Kefferpütz spent ten years working in Brussels, including four years as chief of staff to Member of the European Parliament Reinhard Bütikofer. He began his professional career with research positions at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung offices in Brussels, Moscow, and Warsaw.
He has held fellowships at institutions including the Center for European Policy Studies, MERICS, and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, and holds an MPhil in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in international affairs from the American University in Paris.