Svenja Sinjen

Head of Program, Forum for Strategy Questions

Areas of Expertise

  • Security, defense, and military policy
  • Technology policy
  • German armed forces/foreign deployments
  • Transatlantic security relations/NATO
  • US security and defense policy
  • Air and space policy


English, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-60

Svenja Sinjen has been head of program of the Forum for Strategy Questions since October 2017.

Prior to joining the DGAP, she held research positions at Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel at the university’s Institute for Social Sciences (department of political science) and its Institute for Security Policy. She was also a visiting research fellow at the department for defense and strategic studies at Southwest Missouri State University in the United States.


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Selected Publications

Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies
by Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
Enhancing European Security
Germany’s options for revitalizing the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP)
by Patrick Keller, Almut Möller, Svenja Sinjen, Johannes Varwick
Enhancing European Security
Currently preoccupied with its ongoing debt crisis, the European Union is paying little attention to its regional security policy. In the future, however, Europe will inevitably have to take an increased share of the responsibility for its own security. When it comes to revitalizing the security debate, Germany needs to take the initiative. And for the German government, this is a task that begins above all at home.
Category: Organization of Military Defence, Military Capacity, Security, European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
The Price of Freedom
What we have to rethink in Libya
by Svenja Sinjen
The UN military deployment in Libya is currently burdened by a self-imposed, twofold limitation. As of yet the parties involved have been unable to bring themselves to demand either regime change or military engagement that goes beyond air strikes. This is the kind of situation that calls for a debate on basic principles—one in which the German government can only participate once it has first rethought its own approach.
Category: Foreign Deployments, United Nations, Humanitarian Intervention, Conflicts and Strategies, Libya, Africa, Germany, Europe
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