Dr. Jana Puglierin

Head of Program, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • European foreign policy, security policy, and defense policy
  • Germany's role in Europe/ Germany's European policy
  • Fundamental questions of European integration
  • German foreign policy and security policy
  • Transatlantic relations


English, Italian, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-75
Email: puglierin@dgap.org

Please note that we are unable to take in interns at the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies up until June 2018. We look forward to your application for later dates.

Jana Puglierin is Head of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies. From September 2013 to December 2015 she was a program officer at the DGAP’s Future Forum Berlin (Berliner Forum Zukunft).

Prior to this she was an advisor on disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation at the German Bundestag, where she also worked on matters relating to German and European foreign and security policy.

Between 2003 and 2010, she worked as a researcher and lecturer in Bonn University's political science and contemporary history department as well as in the University's North American studies program. She also held a teaching post at the University of Chemnitz, and worked as a researcher at the DGAP.

She studied political science, international and European law, and sociology at the University of Bonn, at Venice International University, and at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Her doctoral degree was based on a thesis on the life and thought of John H. Herz.


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Selected Publications

A Question of Survival
by Jana Puglierin
Berlin Policy Journal, 31 October 2019
A Question of Survival
The European Union can no longer afford to conduct a foreign policy based on the lowest common denominator. It needs to adapt to new realities―and fast―without compromising its core values.
Europe’s Geo-Economic Commission
by Jana Puglierin, Niklas Helwig
Berlin Policy Journal, 7 October 2019
Europe’s Geo-Economic Commission
With her commission set-up, Ursula von der Leyen is pushing aside traditional foreign policy in order to focus on an area where the EU has more power: economics.
Category: European Union, Europe
Priorities for the EU’s New Foreign Policy Agenda up to 2024
Unleashing the Potential of the Common Foreign and Security Policy
by Jana Puglierin
DGAPanalyse 5 (October 2019), 18 pp.
Priorities for the EU’s New Foreign Policy Agenda up to 2024
Taking practical steps toward a more effective Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) must become a top concern for the EU in its next political-institutional cycle. The fresh start in Brussels in terms of personnel and setup offers a window of opportunity to revise CFSP’s priorities, as well as its conceptual and institutional framework. This presupposes that member states are actually willing to subordinate their own national objectives to a common European goal and make the necessary compromises.
Category: European Union
Mogherini’s legacy
Federica Mogherini has remained a pale figure as the EU’s chief diplomat over the years. So what can we expect next?
by Jana Puglierin
International Politics and Society, 28. August 2019
 Mogherini’s legacy
“Europe Is at a Disadvantage”
Judy Dempsey asks Jana Puglierin and other experts about the current political crisis in Germany
by Jana Puglierin
“Judy Asks,” Carnegie Europe Blog, June 6, 2019
As part of her "Strategic Europe" blog for Carnegie Europe's website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including DGAP's Jana Puglierin, about the consequences of Germany’s political crisis for Europe.
The Spitz to the Top
Only a “Spitzenkandidat” Should become President of the Next EU Commission
by Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold
DGAPstandpunkt 17 (June 2019), 3 pp.
The Spitz to the Top
Now that the European elections are over, the European Parliament and the European Council are battling for the upper hand in the process to name the next president of the European Commission. While the European Parliament wants to establish the spitzenkandidat (or lead candidate) process once and for all, opposition is building in the European Council. A face-saving compromise is needed to avoid a protracted tug of war. And this simply won’t work without one of the spitzenkandidaten.
Category: Elections, European Union
The Next Two Years in EU-U.S. Relations
by Jana Puglierin
In: Transatlantic Security Cooperation Toward 2020, Policy Paper, 25.03.2019, 18 p.
Transatlantic relations have been in a permanent state of emergency since President Donald Trump took office in 2017: for the first time since World War II, a U.S. president is not only calling into question his country’s security guarantee for Europe but also being openly skeptical of, if not hostile to, the EU.
Category: Security
Shaking Up the 2019 European Election
Macron, Salvini, Orbán, and the Fate of the European Party System
by Julie Hamann, Milan Nič, Jana Puglierin
DGAPanalysis 1 (February 2019), 11 pp.
Shaking Up the 2019 European Election
More fragmented than ever, Europe is at a crossroads, making the 2019 European Parliament election an immensely political event. Stakes are high for Emmanuel Macron, Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orbán, all of whom could shake up the balance of power in the EP. Macron has lost much of his initial vigor, and the disruptive potential of Salvini and Orbán is significant. If played well, their combined power could send shock waves across all European institutions.
Category: Elections
Us and U.S.?
Not all in Europe want to be a “counterweight” to Donald Trump’s United States
by Jana Puglierin
Berlin Policy Journal, Eye on Europe, September 4, 2018
Germany wants a unified Europe that speaks to the US government with a strong voice. Foreign Minister Maas is right to call for a strong Europe. But first Germany needs to strengthen its commitment to EU security and defense policy.
Category: Europe-USA
Stuck in a Holding Pattern
by Jana Puglierin
Berlin Policy Journal, August 29, 2018
The German defense debate is backsliding, and there’s still no common understanding of what the country wants to achieve with its military. A wakeup call.
Category: German Armed Forces, Germany