Languages: French, English, German
Areas of Expertise: German foreign and defence Policy; UAVs/drones; revolutions in military affairs; military technology
Dr. Ulrike Franke is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Her areas of focus include German and European security and defence, the future of warfare, and the impact of new technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence.
Franke 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. She co-hosts the Sicherheitshalber Podcast, a German-language podcast on security and defence.
She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford – in her PhD thesis, she studied the use of drones by western armed forces. She also 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).
Franke is a policy affiliate at the Governance of AI project at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute. She was also part of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism Ben Emmerson's research team, examining 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.
Ulrike Esther Franke - 21 February, 2018
El mundo necesita liderazgo en la escena mundial, pero en Múnich no se veían líderes.
Ulrike Esther Franke - 20 February, 2018
On a besoin de leadership sur la scène mondiale, mais à Munich aucune solution ne se profilait à l'horizon.
Note from Berlin
Ulrike Esther Franke - 20 February, 2018
The world is in need of leadership on the global stage – but in Munich, no leaders were in sight.
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…
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. Bookshelf: Coalition Treaty Autumn and Winter by Ali Smith Too soon for champagne toasts for GroKo by Ulrike…
Note from Berlin
Ulrike Esther Franke - 7 February, 2018
The grand coalition treaty is strongly pro-European in tone, but the devil is in the details – and it could yet be rejected by SPD members.
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…
Ulrike Esther Franke - 7 December, 2017
Un nouveau sondage montre que l'opinion publique allemande est de plus en plus préoccupée par la sécurité, mais dédaigne la garantie américaine et est peu encline à payer plus pour aider l'Europe à la remplacer.
by Carla Hobbs (ed.) - 30th July, 2020
The EU cannot continue to rely on its regulatory power but must become a tech superpower in its own right. Referees do not win the game.
The EU Coalition Explorer survey reveals the importance of Germany and France within the EU, and the impact they can have when they cooperate with each other.
by Ulrike Esther Franke - 18th December, 2019
Failing to coordinate properly in the AI area could threaten future European defence cooperation, including PESCO and the European Defence
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.
In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard presents the new and third edition of ECFR´s Coalition explorer, which also included special questions regarding the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Together with policy fellows Ulrike Franke and Pawel Zerka, he analyses the…
Word on the street seems to suggest that technology will be the way out of the coronavirus crisis and the lockdowns in many European countries. This seems to be confirmed by a multitude of projects such as the EU’s Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing…
The annual Munich Security Conference was themed "Westlessness", defining “a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West”. Is the West becoming less relevant in global affairs?…
In this episode of ECFR’s special summer series on European strategic sovereignty, Mark Leonard talks to Ulrike Franke, ECFR Policy Fellow, about artificial intelligence (AI). Mark asks Ulrike, who is currently on leave at the University of Oxford studying AI, where…
Podcast de notre discussion du 5 mars « Défense européenne : le couple franco-allemand au pied du mur » en présence d'Ulrike Esther Franke, chercheuse au programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR, Olivier de France, directeur de recherche…
Direct from the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Mark Leonard, Ulrike Franke and Jonathan Hackenbroich share their post-conference insights. They discuss speeches by German chancellor Angela Merkel, US vice-president Mike Pence, and Britain’s defence secretary Gavin Williamson, and…
Ulrike Esther Franke - 10 February, 2019
„Sicherheitshalber“ ist der Podcast zur sicherheitspolitischen Lage in Deutschland, Europa und der Welt. In Folge 9 reden Ulrike Franke, Frank Sauer, Carlo Masala und ich zunächst über die sicherheitspolitische Debatte in Deutschland: Immer wieder wird…
Ulrike Esther Franke - 11 January, 2019
„Sicherheitshalber“ ist der Podcast zur sicherheitspolitischen Lage in Deutschland, Europa und der Welt. In Folge 8 nehmen Thomas Wiegold, Frank Sauer, Carlo Masala und Ulrike Franke zunächst Deutschlands nichtständigen Sitz im UN-Sicherheitsrat zum Anlass,…