Experts & Staff

Gustav Gressel

Acting Director, Wider Europe programme
Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: German and English (fluent), Spanish and Polish (conversational)
Areas of Expertise: Eastern Europe; Russia; armed conflict and military affairs; defence policy; missile defence; missile proliferation

Gustav Gressel is the Acting Director and a senior policy fellow with the Wider Europe Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations' Berlin office. His topics of focus include Russia, Eastern Europe, and defense policy.

Before joining ECFR, Gressel worked as a desk officer for international security policy and strategy in the Bureau for Security Policy of the Austrian Ministry of Defence from 2006 to 2014, and as a research fellow of the Commissioner for Strategic Studies with the Austrian MoD from 2003 to 2006. He was also a research fellow with the International Institute for Liberal Politics in Vienna. Before his academic career he served five years in the Austrian Armed Forces.

Gressel holds a PhD in Strategic Studies at the Faculty of Military Sciences at the National University of Public Service, Budapest and a Masters Degree in political science from Salzburg University. He is the author of numerous publications regarding security policy and strategic affairs and a frequent commentator on international affairs. His opinions have appeared in media such as the New York Times, the Guardian, Die Welt, NZZ, Bild, the DiplomatNew Eastern Europe, Foreign Policy, Gazeta PrawnaRzeczpospolita, Kyiv Post, the Moscow TimesCapital, the Telegraph, the EconomistNewsweek, Deutsche Welle, RTL, al Jazeera, TVP, TRT, Polskie Radio, RFI, FM4, Ukraine Today, and Radio Free Europe.

Latest from Gustav Gressel

  • France 24

    11th July, 2019

    Gustav Gressel is quoted by France24 about relations between Moscow and Washington.

    27th June, 2019

    Gustav Gressel is quoted on cybersecurity in European countries.

    Die Welt

    08th May, 2019

    Gustav Gressel is asked by Die Welt about reports of a spying beluga whale trained by Russia, which has been observed at the Norwegian coast.

    Der Tagesspiegel

    21st April, 2019

    In an op-ed for Der Tagesspiegel, Gustav Gressel explains why Zelensky's campaign in the Ukrainian election has been so successful and what his presidency will mean for the country's future. 

    Deutsche Welle

    17th April, 2019

    Gustav Gressel is quoted by DW on an AfD lawmaker's trip to Crimea despite German sanctions. 

    Deutsche Welle

    17th April, 2019

    Gustav Gressel is quoted by Deutsche Welle in the context of the Crimea visit by an AfD politician. 


    12th February, 2019

    Gustav Gressel comments on Surkow's statements about Putin's style of ruling Russia. 

    Deutsche Welle

    08th February, 2019

    Gustav Gressel comments on the tensions between France and Germany in the Nord Stream 2 compromise. 


    04th December, 2018

    A30 publishes a summary in Spanish of Gustav Gressel´s publication "Under the gun: Rearmament for arms control in Europe" 


    24th November, 2018

    Gustav Gressel quoted by NBC news regarding Russia jamming NATO's GPS signals during Trident Juncture exercises.