Asena Baykal

Research Associate

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Asena Baykal is a research associate 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 as well as strategic cooperation with authoritarian states outside the convergence paradigm. She is particularly interested in European security policy, conflict prevention, and best practices for de-politicizing sectarian identities 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 researched on differentiated integration of core state powers in the EU as a research assistant.

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 is an active member of her local Amnesty International working group on Israel-Palestine.

Languages: English, German, Spanish, Turkish

Areas of Expertise

Peace & Security

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