Olaf Boehnke joined the European Council on Foreign Relations in September 2011 as Head of the Berlin Office. Previously he was a Senior Foreign and European Policy Advisor in the German Bundestag (2009-2011).Prior to that, he worked as Senior Program Officer at the Aspen Institute Germany (2007-2009). As head of the Middle East Department, he executed three conference programs on civil society issues in Iran, Syria and Lebanon. From 1999-2006 he was chief of staff and senior advisor to several members of the German Bundestag. Mr. Boehnke is also a visiting lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institut for Political Sciences at Free University Berlin. He received his M.A. from Free University, Berlin, where he studied International Relations, Political Science and Economics.
Olaf Boehnke has been publishing on European and transatlantic issues; he is a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2007) of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and an Aspen Fellow (2005/06) of the Aspen Institute Berlin.
Areas of expertise: European Foreign Policy, EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Turkey, The Western Balkans, Middle East.
Languages: German, English.
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Don’t pivot too quickly, Middle East tells US - Deutsche Welle, 5/12/12
Syrian Spillover into Lebanon: Must the West Act Now? Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe
Warum wir trotz Finanzkrise ein starkes, global handelndes Europa in der Welt brauchen Stiftung Mercator Magazin 51, 2/2012
With European economies failing to deliver higher standards of living, and growing public disillusionment with apparently self-serving politicians, Philippe Legrain discusses where