Sophia Besch is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform’s (CER) Berlin office. There, she leads the CER’s research on European defense policy, publishing extensively on European defense, industrial cooperation, German defense policy, the effects of Brexit on defense co-operation, and European sovereignty.

Besch comments frequently on broadcast television and in print media and has provided analysis to the Financial Times, New York Times, Economist, Wall Street Journal, Die Welt, New Statesman, Taz, Politico, War on The Rocks, CNN, and Project Syndicate, among others.

She served as an expert witness for the UK House of Commons Defence Select Committee, the European Parliament Subcommittee for Security and Defence, and the Bundestag EU Committee.

Prior to joining the CER, Besch was a Carlo Schmid fellow at the Policy Planning Unit at NATO Headquarters and worked as a researcher for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She served as co-president of Women in International Security UK from 2017 to 2018.

Besch holds degrees in international security and international relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. Besch can be followed on Twitter at @SophiaBesch.