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Olaf Boehnke

Head of ECFR Berlin Office

Languages: German, English
Areas of Expertise: European Foreign Policy, EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Turkey, The Western Balkans, Middle East.

Olaf Boehnke is the head of ECFR’s Berlin office.

From 2009 to 2011 he was Senior Foreign and European Policy Advisor in the German Bundestag. Before that, from 2007 to 2009, he worked as Senior Programme Officer at the Aspen Institute Germany. As the head of the institute’s Middle East Department, he executed three conference programmes on civil society issues in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. From 1999 to 2006 he was chief of staff and senior advisor to several members of the German Bundestag.

He is a visiting lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institut for Political Sciences at Free University, Berlin. He received his MA from Free University, Berlin, where he studied International Relations, Political Science, and Economics.

He has published widely 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.


Latest from Olaf Boehnke

The British problem - View from the Capitals (Blog)

by Olaf Boehnke & Piotr Buras & Silvia Francescon & José Ignacio Torreblanca & Mark Leonard & Vessela Tcherneva - 13th March, 2015

The heads of five of our national offices explain their national perspectives on a possible Brexit.

Gabriel's new course on arms sales (Commentary)

by Olaf Boehnke - 12th March, 2015

Gabriel has reinserted the needs of a values-based foreign policy into the debate on European arms sales, which could make him a key stakeholder in EU foreign policy.

View from Berlin: Germany leads the EU on Russia sanctions (Commentary)

by Olaf Boehnke - 09th March, 2015

Merkel's tireless diplomacy has made Germany the driver of EU policy on sanctions.

Scorecard 2015: The view from Berlin (Commentary)

by Olaf Boehnke - 06th February, 2015

Driven by a new sense of its own responsibility, Germany has stepped up to take the lead in European foreign policy.


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