Elisabeth Braw

Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)


Elisabeth Braw is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she focuses on deterrence against emerging forms of aggression, such as hybrid and grey zone threats. She is also a columnist with Foreign Policy, where she writes on national security and the globalised economy.

Before joining AEI, Elisabeth was a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI, where she led the Modern Deterrence project. Prior to that, she worked at Control Risks, a global risk consultancy. Elisabeth is also a member of the steering committee of the Aurora Forum, a member of the National Preparedness Commission (UK) and an Associate Fellow at the European Leadership Network.

Elisabeth started her career as a journalist working for Swedish newspapers and has reported on Europe for The Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek, among others. She is often published in a wide range of publications, including Politico, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (writing in German), The Times and The Wall Street Journal. Elisabeth is also the author of ‘God’s Spies: The Stasi’s Cold War Espionage Campaign Inside the Church’ (Eerdmans, 2019).

Elisabeth attended university in Germany, graduating with a Magister Artium in political science and German literature.

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