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Dr Barbara Kunz

Programme Director

Dr Barbara Kunz

Barbara Kun

Dr Barbara Kunz is a Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI European Security Programme. Prior to joining SIPRI in October 2023, she inter alia worked for the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) in Hamburg and the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) in Paris. In 2023, Barbara Kunz spent five months in Washington, D.C. as a Helmut Schmidt Fellow with the German Marshall Fund. In 2021-22, she was seconded to the German Federal Foreign Office’s policy planning unit as an external expert.

Her research focuses on European security, both within the framework of relevant organizations such as NATO, the EU and the OSCE, and in the wider Euro-Atlantic context. She is particularly interested in European and transatlantic debates about the future European security architecture. The US/NATO-Russia strategic context and its implications for Europe are also part of her research interests, including aspects of strategic stability and arms control.

Subject expertise

European security, transatlantic security

Regional expertise

Europe, Transatlantic, Northern Europe, Franco-German defense cooperation

English, French, German, Swedish

Master in Political Science, Sciences Po Paris

PhD, Political Science, Stockholm University

External publications