Theresa Lütkefend

Research Associate

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Theresa 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. Her current research includes 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.

Previously, Theresa was an editor of the PeaceLab Blog and worked on non-proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Western Balkans. Prior to joining GPPi, she 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. 

Theresa has written and briefed decision-makers on the issue of chemical weapons in Syria and presents this project in public debate. Her analysis has been featured or appeared in Der Spiegel, the Washington Post and the New Yorker, among others.

Theresa 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

Peace & Security
Chemical Weapons
Post-Soviet Space


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