Sophie Arts is the program officer for GMF’s Geostrategy North team. She manages GMF’s research and convening around geostrategic issues facing the Nordic and Baltic states, and the Arctic. Since joining GMF in 2017, she has focused her research on transatlantic security cooperation within and outside NATO. She has published articles on strategic stability and European nuclear issues, the impact of new technologies on NATO deterrence, the dynamics of escalation within the cyber domain, and NATO partnerships and synergies with minilateral defense initiatives, especially in Northern Europe.

Prior to joining GMF, Arts worked as a research assistant at the Atlantic Council and as a trainee in GMF’s Brussels office. She has a background in political journalism and wrote for Spiegel Online International. She also produced news briefs for the European Commission as part of her work for media-monitoring agency Kantar Media.

Originally from Germany, Arts holds a master’s degree from Humboldt University in Berlin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Freiburg. She spent two years studying in the United States, at the University of Virginia, where she worked as a research assistant in the media studies department and at the university’s Center for Politics, and at Connecticut College.