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


Germany's arms exports have spiked, despite domestic opposition and public scrutiny

World Politics Review
19 April 2018
Between 2014 and 2017, Germany’s government approved some $31 billion in weapons sales, including almost $18 billion to countries outside the European Union and the NATO alliance.

CER Bulletin podcast: EU reform; Brexit and foreign policy; Europe and cyber security

11 April 2018
In the CER Bulletin podcast, CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month. 

CER podcast: Brexit negotiations: Will the unity of the 27 crack?

28 March 2018
Sophia Besch speaks to Beth Oppenheim and Sam Lowe about what to expect during the second part of Brexit negotiations – will the future relationship talks bring out different political and economic interests among the EU-27?

Europäische Verteidigungspolitik: Jetzt geht’s um Resultate!

Peace Lab
27 March 2018
Ob die Gemeinsame Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik der EU wirklich vorankommt, hängt von der neuen Bundesregierung ab.

CER podcast: Security after Brexit

14 March 2018
Sophia Besch asks Camino Mortera-Martinez about future UK-EU justice and home affairs co-operation.

Deutschland will klein sein, muss aber Großes wollen

Der Standard
13 March 2018
Nach monatelangem Hin und Her gibt es nun auch in Berlin eine neue Bundesregierung. Mit ihr muss sich Deutschland von alten, liebgewordenen Illusionen verabschieden – unter anderem von seiner Selbsteinschätzung, es sei ein höchstens mittelgroßes europäisches Land.
Deutschland hat sich lange den Luxus erlaubt vorzugeben, etwas zu sein, was es nicht...

Germany should finally take the lead in Europe

06 March 2018
Now she has won a fourth term, Chancellor Merkel should put little-Germany thinking behind her and be the leader that Europe needs.

Why Germany must spend more on defence

06 March 2018
Now that Germany has a new government, investing in defense and the transatlantic relationship has to be a priority for Angela Merkel.

The end of little Germany?

Project Syndicate
05 March 2018
Now that a new government has finally been formed, Germany must start thinking of itself as the major economic player it is, and behave accordingly.

CER podcast: A European agenda for Germany

28 February 2018
Sophia Besch and Beth Oppenheim discuss German politics, and what Berlin needs to do over the next four years to help Europe overcome its many challenges.