Hannes Ebert is a senior advisor at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is also an associate of the Hamburg-based GIGA Institute of Asian Studies. His research and advisory work focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on international relations, armed conflict and crisis prevention, with a focus on the Global South and in particular South Asia. He currently leads GMF’s work on EU cyber diplomacy in Brazil, India and South Korea for the EU Cyber Direct and conducts research on India’s cyber security and internet governance policies and the role of ICTs in the India-Pakistan rivalry.
Hannes has previously researched state fragility, rising powers, and territorial conflict management in South Asia at think tanks in Berlin, Hamburg, London, Delhi and Islamabad. He worked as an external associate and policy analyst on German and European policies toward the BRICS, fragile states and the Indian Ocean for the German Federal Foreign Office’s policy planning staff and East Africa division respectively. He also served as researcher and program coordinator at Harvard University’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Hannes recently co-edited the book Regional Powers and Contested Leadership (Palgrave, 2018) and the special issue “Regional Leadership and Multipolarity” for Rising Powers Quarterly. He co-authored “Building Resilience: India’s Cyber Security, 2000–2016” for the Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security,“Rising Digital Power: India’s Global Internet Governance Policy” for the volume India Rising: A Multi-layered Analysis of Ideas, Interests and Institutions, and “Cyber Security” for the Oxford Bibliographies of International Relations. He participated in EU track 1.5 cyber consultations and served as a founding member of the Federal Foreign Office’s expert groups on Pakistan and the Indian Ocean.
Hannes studied international law and politics in Berlin and Geneva and completed his master’s in international relations theory at the London School of Economics and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Hamburg. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University’s MacMillan Center and a visiting doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations.