Languages: French, English, German
Areas of Expertise: German Foreign and Defence Policy, UAVs/Drones, Revolutions in Military Affairs, Military Technology
Ulrike joined ECFR in 2015 as Research Assistant to the Director, working part time while finishing her PhD in International Relations at the University of Oxford. She became policy fellow with the New European Security Initiative in September 2017, working on German foreign and defence policy and emerging military technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence.
Ulrike holds a BA from Sciences Po Paris and a double summa cum laude MA degree from Sciences Po Paris (Affaires internationales/Sécurité internationale) and the University of St. Gallen (International Affairs and Governance).
Before joining ECFR, Ulrike was Managing Editor of the St. Antony’s International Review (STAIR), Oxford's Journal of International Affairs. Ulrike was also part of UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson's research team, working on drone use in counterterrorism contexts. Prior to this she worked as a part-time research assistant at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.
This time, ECFR's director Mark Leonard is on the other side of the microphone and tells you all you need to know about the results of the UK General election.
The podcast was recorded on 9th June 2017.
Donald Trump's government is increasingly taking aim at Germany – it is time for Berlin to acknowledge the potential danger.
With Michael Clarke, former Director-General of RUSI
& Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
Chaired by Ulrike Esther Franke, Researcher, ECFR
The event follows the publication of the recent ECFR policy brief by Anthony Dworkin, “Europe’s new counter-terror wars”. The discussion considers the European shift towards military counter-terrorism, the strategic and legal questions raised by such action, and the likely future of European-US cooperation in military operations against terrorist groups under the new US administration.
Mark Leonard speaks with former Director of the European Defence Agency Nick Witney, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil and Ulrike Esther Franke about European defence in the context of Brexit, increasing defence budgets and proposals for a Schengen of Defence. The podcast was recorded on 29 September 2016
War Stories From the Future by the Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare Project
Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World by Roger Crowley
Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave Their Homes? and Other Big Questions by Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Vessela Tcherneva, Silvia Francescon, Ulrike Franke, Borja Lasheras, and board member Ivan Krastev, about summer readings. The list includes foreign policy books, wider readings to understand the world we live in, and finally what to read to get away from it all. The podcast was recorded on 28 July 2016.
The force of reason by Oriana Fallaci
Senza la Guerra by Massimo Cacciari, Lucio Caracciolo, Ernesto Galli della Lggia and Elisabetta Rasy
La febbre di Trump: Un fenomeno Americano by Mattia Ferraresi
Liberta a migrare: Perche ci spostiamo da sempre ed e bene cosi by Valerio Calzano and Telmo Pievani
En immersion a Molenbeek by Hind Fraihi
Reichtum ohne Gier by Sahra Wagenknecht
1913: The year before the storm by Florian Illies
La France pour la vie by Nikolas Sarkozy
Expert political judgement: How good is it? How can we know? by Philip E. Tetlock
Global inequality: A new approch for the age of globalisation by Branko Milanovic
El retorno de los chamanes by Victor Lapuente
Siria, el país de las almas rotas by Javier Espinosa and Monica G. Prieto
Esodo: Storia del nuovo millennio by Domenico Quirico
The search for Europe: Contrasting approaches, published by BBVA
1917: Razgadka “russkoj” revolyutsii by Nikolaj Starikov
The Silk Road: A new history of the world by Peter Frankopan
Thinking in time: The uses of history for decision makers by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May
Diplomat i gradinar by Ivan D. Stanchov
Ill fares the land by Tony Judt
When facts change by Tony Judt
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
The responsible company: What we’ve learned from Patagonia’s first 40 years by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley
Drone warfare by John Kaag and Sarah Kreps
Swarm troopers: How small drones will conquer the world by David Hambling
Sternstunden der Menschheit by Stefan Zweig
The Star Rover by Jack London
The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston De Walt
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Ulrike Franke, research assistant and expert on security and drones, Josef Janning, co-head of ECFR’s Berlin office, and Volker Stanzel, senior advisor to the Asia & China programme, about the four recent violent attacks in Southern Germany. The speakers agree that the mood in Germany is much calmer than that portrayed by foreign media. The podcast was recorded on the 25 June 2016.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Der Schimmelreiter by Theodor Storm
Ohne Liebe geht es auch by Rudolf Lorenzen
Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu
Heretics by Leonardo Padura
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon by Karl Marx
by Ulrike Esther Franke - 17th April, 2018
Polls and interviews conducted for the paper indicate that German millennials are surprisingly conservative and liable to status quo bias.
Mark Leonard speaks with Ulrike Franke, Angela Stanzel and André Loesekrug-Pietri, about the international race to develop artificial intelligence. The podcast was recorded on 4 June 2018.
Mao - The unknown story by Jon Halliday
The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking the public and private sector by Marianna Mazzucato
The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Mindful Tech by David M. Levy
Liquid Surveillnace - A Conversation by Zymnunt Bauman
Kanzlerin Merkel in Gespraech in FAZ am Sonntag
Mark Leonard talks to the all star cast of Nick Whitney, Ulrike Franke and Jeremy Shapiro on the topic of European strategic culture.
ECFR's director Mark Leonard checks in with ECFR's Policy Fellows Ulrike Franke and Ellie Geranmayeh after the first day of the Munich Security Conference 2018. They discuss the hot topics so far - European defence, the end of the liberal order and technology - and give an outlook on the more explosive discussions related to the Middle East that will be discussed on Sunday.
The podcast was recorded on Friday, 16 February 2017.
Munich Security Report 2018: To the Brink - and Back
MSC2018 Opening Statements by Ursula von der Leyen and Florence Parly
Jim Walsh: Why North Korea and Iran get accused of nuclear collusion
Franklin Foren: World Without Mind - The Existential Threat of Big Tech
Mark Leonard speaks with Ulrike Franke and Susi Dennison about what the new German coalition means for foreign policy. The podcast was recorded on 8 January 2018.
ECFR Policy Fellow Ulrike Franke speaks with Mark Leonard, former MP Douglas Alexander, and ECFR’s Senior Policy Fellow Nick Witney, about Britain’s future vision of EU-UK security cooperation after Brexit. The podcast was recorded on 13.12.2017 in Berlin.
The Shardlake Series by C. J. Sampson
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey
Lecture on David Cameron’s relationship with the EU by Sir Ivan Rogers
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses the launch of PESCO, the latest collective European defence initiative with ECFR Senior Policy Fellow Nick Witney and Policy Fellow, Ulrike Franke.
The podcast was recorded on 24th November 2017.
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Peter Wilson, The Holy Roman Empire
Nick Witney, Re-energising Europe's Security and Defence Policy
Nick Witney, EU defence efforts miss the open goal again
ECFR, New Security Initiative essay collection
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses the consequences of the German political crisis for Germany and for Europe with ECFR's Berlin office director, Josef Janning, and policy fellow, Ulrike Franke.
The podcast was recorded on 22nd November 2017.
Ivan Krastev, After Europe
Richard Youngs, Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU
H.G. Wells, The War in the Air
Timothy Garton Ash, "It’s the Kultur, Stupid", in NY Review of Books, December 2017
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with the head of ECFR’s Berlin Office Josef Janning and ECFR's policy fellow Ulrike Franke about the upcoming federal elections in Germany, the parties that are in the running to form a government and the implications for European and foreign policy.
The podcast was recorded on 18th September 2017.