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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 Franke is a Policy Fellow at ECFR, and part of ECFR’s New European Security Initiative. She works on German and European security and defence, the future of warfare, and the impact of new technologies, such as drones and artificial intelligence. She has published widely on these and other topics, among others in Die ZEIT, FAZ, RUSI Whitehall Papers, Comparative Strategy, War on the Rocks, Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, and regularly appears as commentator in the media. Ulrike co-hosts the Sicherheitshalber Podcast, ECFR’s German podcast on security and defence, in cooperation with

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 wrote her PhD thesis on the military implications of drones. She 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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