In-Depth Research & ReportsFeb 12, 2021
Toward a future EU-UK relationship in foreign policy and defense
By Gen. Stéphane Abrial, Sir Peter Westmacott, Olivier-Rémy Bel
The UK and the EU will continue to share the same geography, the same strategic environment, and the same values, a reality recognized on both sides of the Channel. As the UK moves on from the Brexit process, it should find in the EU a partner sharing the same values and aspirations.
Elections 2020Oct 30, 2020
Five big questions as America votes: Europe
By Future Europe Initiative
For the past seven decades, Europe has been the United States’ political, economic, and security partner of first resort. Now, as the transatlantic relationship is challenged by internal and external forces, the EU and the United States find themselves at a crossroads in the relationship.
New AtlanticistJul 29, 2020
Experts react: US announces plans for troop withdrawal from Germany
By David A. Wemer
“There may be a strategic case for the withdrawal of almost 12,000 US troops from Germany, but Secretary of Defense Esper’s announcement today does not make it," Daniel Fried says.
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.