Sarah Bressan

Research Fellow

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Sarah Bressan is a research fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she contributes to the institute’s work on peace and security, including as an editor of the PeaceLab Blog. Her work focuses on international security, political violence, conflict analysis and prevention, as well as the role of data, technology, foresight and evaluation in German and European foreign policy.

Sarah’s recent projects covered the topics of conflict early warning, scenario planning, forecasting and foresight for conflict prevention, German public opinion, as well as the evaluation of small arms control in the Western Balkans and the prevention of violent extremism. Her analysis appeared in Internationale Politik, Emerging Europe, the Global Policy Journal, and Strategic Europe.

Prior to joining GPPi, Sarah analyzed conflict dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin and Mannheim University. She supported academia-policy exchange between FU Berlin and the German Federal Foreign Office and contributed to the Foreign Office’s training program for international diplomats. Sarah completed a traineeship at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and worked on conflict sensitivity in development projects with the European Investment Bank and the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement in Beirut. She has co-founded The Policy Corner and led intercultural exchange projects in Germany, Kenya and South Africa.

Sarah completed her studies in international security and political science at Mannheim University, University of Seoul, Freie Universität Berlin, and Sciences Po Paris.

Languages: English, German, French, Italian

Areas of Expertise

Peace & Security
European Union (EU)


Most Recent Publications by Sarah Bressan