Areas of Expertise

  • European Union
  • EU foreign policy, European security and defense policy
  • EU enlargement, European Neighborhood Policy
  • Transatlantic relations
  • International order and democracy

Short Bio

Josef Janning is a senior associate fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he had served as the head of the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations until November 2019.

From 2013 to 2014, Janning was a Mercator Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that, he served as director of studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. Between 2001 and 2010, Janning led the international policy work of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a major private German foundation, as senior director. From 1995 to 2007, he was deputy director of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Munich University. Janning has also held teaching positions at the University of Mainz and Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a guest professorship at Renmin University of Beijing. He has worked with leading think tanks in Europe, the United States, and Asia and has engaged in and led various international study groups, high-level groups, and commissions.

Janning has published widely on European affairs, international relations, EU foreign and security policy, and German foreign and Europe policy, as well as global affairs. He is also a frequent commentator in German and international media on these issues.


German, English


[Last updated: January 2023]

Josef Janning