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Ulrike Esther Franke

Policy Fellow

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.


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