Gesine Weber is a fellow on GMF’s Geostrategy team. She works on European security and defense issues, and leads the annual Transatlantic Trends study. Based in Paris, she focuses on Europe’s role as a geopolitical actor, EU defense initiatives, and security and defense policy of the E3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom). Prior to joining GMF, she worked as a defense policy adviser in the German parliament and as a consultant for the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Shanghai. 

Weber is pursuing PhD research on European defense cooperation at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, where she is part of the European Foreign Policy Research Group and contributes to the work of the Centre for Grand Strategy. She is also an associate researcher for the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Weber holds a master’s degree in European affairs from SciencesPo in Paris and another master’s degree in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin. She studied Mandarin at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is regularly published in English, French, and German on European security and defence issues, and is a frequent commentator for European and international media, including BBC, France24, and Deutsche Welle.