Sophia Besch

Sophia Besch

Research fellow
Areas of expertise 

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

BBC Radio 4: Germany - Anxious Giant

BBC Radio 4: Germany - Anxious Giant

12 June 2017
Sophia Besch talks to Radio 4 about the standing of the German army in Germany and its relationship with the public (from 02.30).

CER podcast: UK election primer

07 June 2017
On the day before the UK general election, Charles Grant and Simon Tilford discuss current polls, the effect of recent attacks on voting, which issues were not sufficiently discussed in the campaigns and what would be the best possible election result for Europe.
CER podcast: Why no deal is not better than a bad deal

CER podcast: Why no deal is not better than a bad deal

05 June 2017
Simon Tilford and John Springford lay out in detail how leaving the EU without a deal would damage the British economy.

CER podcast: Strategic co-operation and competition in the Arctic

01 June 2017
Recording at the CER's Arctic Bridge Summit in Finland, Sophia Besch talks to Elisabeth Braw and Ethan Corbin about security challenges in the Arctic and how Russia and Europe could co-operate in the region.

NATO needs a European 2 per cent

EU Observer
27 May 2017
NATO's summit in Brussels, the first for US president Donald Trump, was intended as a fresh start, a chance for him to distance himself from previous comments in which he called NATO obsolete.

Nato summit: How will the Alliance handle Trump today?

25 May 2017
Today, Donald Trump will be attending the NATO summit in Brussels, all signs point to a Europe eager to appease him.

CER podcast: The EU, Russia and China: Difficult neighbours?

17 May 2017
In the week of the One Belt One Road Summit, Ian Bond talks about the complex relationships and rivalries between Russia, China and the EU, and how the EU should move forward to defuse tensions.

Judy Asks: Is France Europe's redeemer?

Carnegie Europe
10 May 2017
Europe the sinner, at last redeemed by the grace of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron, set to the music of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony - Europhiles may be forgiven for enjoying this fantasy on the evening of 7 May.
CER podcast: What does Macron's victory mean for France, the UK, the EU and the world?

CER podcast: What does Macron's victory mean for France, the UK, the EU and the world?

08 May 2017
Ian Bond talks to Sophia Besch about the next steps for the newly elected French president.

CER podcast: What UK-EU trade deal after Brexit?

25 April 2017
John Springford talks to Sophia Besch about about the best possible trade deal between the UK and the EU after Brexit. Based on new empirical research into the costs of trade barriers he argues for a ‘Swiss style’ Brexit.