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

Frau Merkel Means What Frau Merkel Says
Europeans have their destiny in their own hands, but transatlantic ties still matter
by Jana Puglierin
Globe and Mail (Toronto), May 31, 2017
Frau Merkel Means What Frau Merkel Says
Angela Merkel's "beer-tent speech" was not intended to throw transatlantic relations onto the dust heap of history. Her point, rather, was to stress that holding the EU-27 together is her number-one priority. By saying that the Europeans had their destiny “in their own hands,” she made the case for a stronger EU and a more active Germany.
Category: Transatlantic Relations, Europe
“Aid and Assistance by All Means in their Power”
The EU Mutual Assistance Clause as a Test Case for European Defense
by Jana Puglierin
DGAPkompakt 22 (December 2016), 6 pp.
“Aid and Assistance by All Means in their Power”
After the terrorist attacks in Paris of November 13, 2015, EU member states unanimously – and unusually – invoked Europe’s mutual assistance clause: Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty. The extent of support provided thus far has ranged starkly, however, and member states have given different weight to the European context. Both Brexit the election of Donald Trump have underlined the EU’s existential interest in pursuing closer and better defense cooperation.
Category: Security, European Union, Defence Policy, Terrorism, France, Europe
Europe’s President
Why the “old continent” will miss Barack Obama
by Jana Puglierin, Christopher S. Chivvis
Star-struck in 2008, a lot of Europeans are now grumbling about the outgoing US president. In fact, there’s hardly ever been a more European leader in the White House. Germany in particular should brace itself for bumpier transatlantic relations ahead.
The EU Grapples with Brexit
Keep Calm and Carry On – But How?
by Jana Puglierin, Julian Rappold
DGAPstandpunkt 5 (June 2016), 3 pp.
The EU Grapples with Brexit
Whether the rest of the European Union can come together in the face of the stunning outcome of the United Kingdom’s referendum will depend substantially on German leadership.
Category: European Union, United Kingdom
Papers from the Germany-Poland-Russia Trialogue
Three different views on security in Europe
by Stefan Meister, Jana Puglierin, Marek Świerczyński, Alexander Nikitin
DGAPanalyse 3 (April 2016), 13 pp, in English
Papers from the Germany-Poland-Russia Trialogue
The Germany-Poland-Russia Trialogue Workshop held at the DGAP in December 2015 focused on security. It brought together a group of Russian, Polish, and German experts to discuss their respective national security discourses and the security situation in Europe more generally. The three short papers included here provide brief analyses of how the security situation is currently perceived in each of the three countries.
Category: Security, Germany, Russia, Poland
Germany’s "Enable & Enhance" Initiative
Federal Academy for Security Policy, Working Paper
by Jana Puglierin
Copyright: Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik, Security Policy Working Paper No. 1 (2016), 4 pp.
Germany’s "Enable & Enhance" Initiative
The German government’s “Enable & Enhance Initiative” has been the subject of German security policy debates – and of public speculation – for some time. The most prevalent suspicion is that the initiative is an attempt to justify German armaments exports to crisis areas, as it enables the conflict parties to resolve their dispute under their own steam. This reductive view is incorrect. The Enable & Enhance Initiative is instead a complex instrument of preventive security policy.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
Perception and Exploitation
A series on Russia’s non-military influence in Europe
by Stefan Meister, Jana Puglierin
DGAPkompakt 10 (October 2015), 7 pp.
Perception and Exploitation
This text introduces a series of articles exploring Russia’s use of instruments of hybrid warfare since its annexation of Crimea. These tools include not only putting “little green men” on the ground in eastern Ukraine but also robust media propaganda and – significantly – support for euroskepticism within the EU. Stefan Meister and Jana Puglierin frame the initial discussion here. Chapters on Hungary, France, Greece, and Serbia follow.
Category: Media/Information, Russia
Europe’s New (In)Security Order
The Ukraine conflict has changed the European security architecture
by Claudia Major, Jana Puglierin
Europe’s New (In)Security Order
The Ukraine crisis has substantially and perhaps permanently altered Europe’s security structure. Europe is now much less secure, and its security architecture altogether less stable, more confrontational, and less predictable. Individual states, along with NATO, the EU, and the OSCE, must now address the deficiencies in this new order. At the same time, Europe has a better chance to exist peacefully if it succeeds in binding Russia into a cooperative order – as demanding as that will be.
Category: Security, Europe, Russia
We Cannot Simply Accept Russia’s Annexation of Crimea
Letting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have his way would bring disastrous consequences
by Jana Puglierin
DGAPstandpunkt 3, April 1, 2014, 2 pp.
We Cannot Simply Accept Russia’s Annexation of Crimea
In Crimea, Russia has started off by creating a fait accompli. The West’s response to President Putin has not only been critical; he has also found an astonishing number of apologists. Two former German chancellors have expressed their understanding for his behavior. Such sympathetic rhetoric is anything but appropriate, however, as Jana Puglierin warns here. The Crimea dispute will bring disastrous consequences for international relations in its wake.
Category: Security, Conflicts and Strategies, Ukraine, Russia