Theresa Lütkefend

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Theresa is a master’s student at the University of Oxford, pursuing a degree in Russian and East European studies with a focus on security politics. Previously, she was a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she contributed to the institute’s work on peace and security.

Her main research included the analysis of the logic behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as well as foreign and security developments in the post-Soviet space, most recently the reintegration of veterans in Ukraine. Theresa was also an editor of the PeaceLab Blog and worked on non-proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Western Balkans. She has written and briefed decision-makers on the issue of chemical weapons in Syria, and continues to present this project in public debate. Her analysis has been featured or appeared in Der Spiegel, the Washington Post and the New Yorker, among others.

Together with her colleague Sarah Bressan, Theresa has founded the initiative Better Think Tanking” with the goal to improve conscious leadership and management skills in the think tank and non-profit sector. The two publish a monthly newsletter and work with organizations on the matter.

Prior to joining GPPi, Theresa worked as a Carlo Schmid Fellow on cooperation between civil society and the UN at the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin, where she focused primarily on Russian domestic and foreign policy. During her time at university, Theresa worked for the Department of Empirical Social Research at Humboldt University on quantitative data collection and analysis. For her studies in Berlin and as a fellow with the Carlo Schmid Program, she received scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German National Academic Foundation.

Languages: English, German, French, Russian

Areas of Expertise

Chemical Weapons
Post-Soviet Space


twitter: @tluetkefend

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