Sophia Besch

Sophia Besch

Research fellow (Based in Berlin)
Areas of expertise 

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


Brexit negotiations in the field of defence: Lessons learnt and moving forward

Federal Academy for Security Policy
08 January 2019
It is clearly in Britain and the European Union’s mutual interest to continue working closely together on defence after Brexit.

CER podcast: CER researchers review the year 2018

12 December 2018
Charles Grant, John Springford and Ian Bond review the political themes and events that shaped 2018, and take a look at some of the predictions they made last year.  

Review: Plugging In the British: Completing the Circuit

Foreign Affairs
12 December 2018
Brexit has proved surprisingly difficult to implement, not just in economic affairs, where analysts always expected problems, but in many other areas, too.

IFRI: Transatlantic relations in the age of 'America First'

12 December 2018
Sophia Besch, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform discusses transatlantic relations in the age of 'America First' - how American foreign policy will develop, what to make of European efforts to reach strategic autonomy, and how Germany's defence policy is changing.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s election offers no cause for Macron and the EU to celebrate

10 December 2018
The election of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the new leader of the governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party suggests there will not be any immediate shift in Germany’s lukewarm approach to French proposals for eurozone reform if she also succeeds Angela Merkel as Chancellor.

CER Bulletin podcast: China and the EU; fighting disinformation

05 December 2018
In this CER Bulletin podcast, CER researchers brief podcast listeners on two of the most important topics for Europe this month.

Letter to the editor: 'Empty' EU army

The Times
23 November 2018
Sir, Gavin Williamson (report, Nov 20) need not worry about a European army, as the term is empty and misleading.

NATO's cyber pledge

21 November 2018
NATO’s primary and most urgent cyber task is the protection its own communications systems and networks. But the alliance also offers training opportunities and tried to make information sharing between allies easier, in order to help capitals to protect their sytems and ‘critical’ networks from attacks.

CER podcast: One year since Macron's Sorbonne speech

07 November 2018
Sophia Besch asks Leonard Schuette what progress has been made on Macron's reform agenda one year on, and they discuss the impact of Merkel's planned departure.

Angela Merkel will not get to pass the crown to her preferred successor without a fight

The Telegraph
29 October 2018
German Chancellor Merkel announced today that she would not run again for the leadership of her conservative CDU/CSU party. The end of Merkel’s chancellorship is in sight.