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.
Note from Berlin
Ulrike Esther Franke - 21 September, 2017
All you need to know to follow the German election unfold on Sunday night
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…
For the rest of the summer Mark Leonard will be breaking from the usual World in 30 Minutes format to talk about how the global order is being challenged. This week, he is joined by Cathy O'Neil, an American mathematician and the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several…
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. Bookshelf: Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Baron…
L’amministrazione Trump sta prendendo sempre più di mira la Germania: per Berlino è giunto il momento di riconoscerne le potenziali conseguenze.
Le gouvernement de Donald Trump s'attaque de plus en plus à l'Allemagne - il est temps pour Berlin d'admettre que c'est un potentiel danger.
Note from Berlin
Donald Trump's government is increasingly taking aim at Germany – it is time for Berlin to acknowledge the potential danger.
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.
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…
18 February, 2020
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,…
Ulrike Esther Franke - 7 December, 2018
„Sicherheitshalber“ ist der Podcast zur sicherheitspolitischen Lage in Deutschland, Europa und der Welt. In Folge 7 beschäftigt Thomas Wiegold, Frank Sauer, Carlo Masala und Ulrike Franke zuerst die Frage danach, welches Kampfflugzeug den alten Tornado der…