Asena Baykal

Research Assistant

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Asena Baykal is a research assistant at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she contributes to the institute’s work on peace and security in Europe’s neighborhood. She is particularly interested in European security policy, conflict prevention, and the politicization of ethnicity and statehood in post-conflict societies.

Asena is currently studying international affairs for her master’s degree at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where she also works as research assistant working on the differentiated integration of core state powers in the EU.

Asena holds a bachelor’s degree in European studies from Maastricht University. There, she participated in the university’s excellence project MaRBLe, where she conducted research focused on post-conflict democratization in North Macedonia. During her undergraduate studies, she was also program director of volunteering projects in Colombia for the German NGO World Horizon and a member of the United Nations Student Association. Asena’s studies are supported by a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Before her studies, Asena worked as youth reporter for the local newspaper Solinger Tageblatt. She continued writing at Maastricht University as student columnist for the university newspaper. She has volunteered as a German teacher for refugees and at her local Amnesty International group.

Languages: English, German, Spanish, Turkish

Areas of Expertise

Peace & Security