Sophia Besch

Research fellow
Areas of expertise 

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


Sophia Besch is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. She works on European defence issues, with a focus on EU Common Defence and Security Policy, European defence industry co-operation, NATO and German security and defence policy. Sophia also hosts the CER podcast.

Prior to joining the CER, Sophia was a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the Policy Planning Unit at NATO HQ and worked as a research assistant for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels.

She studied politics and law at the University of Münster, and holds an MA in International Security from SciencesPo Paris and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Sophia can be followed on twitter at @SophiaBesch

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