Kaan Sahin

Research Fellow, Technology and Foreign Policy


  • Geopolitics and technology
  • Artificial intelligence and disruptive technologies in foreign and security policy
  • International cyberspace policy
  • Hybrid warfare
  • NATO


English, Turkish


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-60
Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16
Email: sahin@dgap.org

Kaan Sahin joined DGAP as Research Fellow for Technology and Foreign Policy in April 2019.

He previously worked with Deloitte as a consultant for Cyber Risk and Public Sector. Prior to that, he was Fellow of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, specializing on strategies to combat hybrid threats. In this capacity, he was based with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), with the Special Representative of the OSCE for the Southern Caucasus, with Carnegie Europe, and with the Strategic Analysis Capability Section at NATO Headquarters.

He studied political sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen and international politics and peace research at the University of Tübingen, the University of Connecticut and Koç University in Istanbul.


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Selected Publications

Germany’s Preliminary 5G Decision
Limiting Damage and Learning Lessons
by Kaan Sahin, Didi Kirsten Tatlow
DGAPkompakt 21 (November 2019), 6 pp.
Germany’s Preliminary 5G Decision
Despite the security concerns of the US, EU, and Australia, Germany plans not to exclude any telecom equipment vendors, including Chinese companies such as Huawei, from its 5G network. This stance reflects a narrow view of the issue that prioritizes short-term economic interests and fails to uphold national security and democratic values. Widespread criticism, including from within the government, shows that political decision-makers in Germany need a more sophisticated, forward-looking approach to 5G.
Category: Information Technology, Germany
The Devilʼs in the Detail
by Kaan Sahin
Berlin Policy Journal, August 2019
The Devilʼs in the Detail
A flurry of AI ethics guidelines have been published this year, by the EU, the OECD, and Beijing. But there are many stumbling blocks ahead before binding rules can be implemented.
Category: Information Technology
European Cyber Defense Report
Strategies and Future Scenarios of Cyber Security
by Kaan Sahin
European Cyber Defense Report 2018, Part 1
Cyber security is a government task. This is something countries in Europe agree about. But how can the state ensure cyber security in the interplay between business, science, and society? What are the threats to citizens and businesses in cyberspace? There are many different answers and approaches to these questions within Europe.
Category: Cyber Security
Germany Confronts Russian Hybrid Warfare
by Kaan Sahin
Carnegie Europe, Article, July 26, 2017
Germany has become a key target of Russia’s attempts to influence decisionmakers and agitate populations in the West. Berlin should take steps to deal with these threats.
Category: Cyber Security, Russia
Liberal democracies and hybrid war
by Kaan Sahin
Although hybrid warfare is usually viewed by liberal democracies as something to defend against, some are beginning to suggest it should be employed offensively. Kaan Sahin argues that to do so in a comprehensive way would be an act of self-sabotage.
Category: Cyber Security, Russia