Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe

Research Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia


  • Security
  • Energy
  • Trade, Transport, Logistics and Supply Chains in Central Asia and Greater Eurasia
  • International Political Economy
  • Geopolitics and Geoeconomics
  • Risk Analysis


Russian, English, Italian


Email: pepe@dgap.org

Jacopo Maria Pepe holds a masters in International Relations/international political economy from the Freie Universität Berlin, the Universität Potsdam, and the Humboldt Universität and a PhD in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin. 

Between 2010 and 2015 he worked as research fellow at the Berlin Centre for Caspian Region Studies, and between 2012 and 2013 for the German State Railway Company DB Schenker-Rail in Russia/CIS Service Design and Strategy Department. He has advised the Italian Foreign Ministry on issues related to Turkey, the Middle East, and Eurasia and spent five months as senior visiting research fellow at the Edwin Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC. He is a former DAAD and Ebert scholarship holder.

An analyst of global and Eurasian geopolitics and geo-economics, his main research interests are the political economy of transport, infrastructure, logistics, and energy in the post-Soviet realm and in greater Eurasia. He is also interested in geopolitics and geo-economics of trade against the backdrop of changing supply and value chains trends. He contributes regularly to, among other publications, the Aspen Institute online magazine and lectures in the US, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. His PhD thesis “Beyond Energy: Trade and Transport in a Reconnecting Eurasia” will be published soon.

His latest book “Beyond Energy: Trade and Transport in a Reconnecting Eurasia” has been published with Springer Verlag in January 2018.


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Selected Publications

Eurasia: Playing Field or Battle Field?
Defining an Effective German and European Approach on Connectivity Toward China and Russia
by Jacopo Maria Pepe
DGAPanalysis 4 (July 2019), 22 pp.
Eurasia: Playing Field or Battle Field?
Eurasia is emerging as a fluid continent where resurgent great power politics by Russia and China is marginalizing Europe and the Western liberal order. Moscow and Beijing are linking their Eurasian integration projects, the Belt and Roads Initiative (BRI) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). To avoid marginalization, the EU and Germany should define an interest-driven, flexible and regionally diversified approach toward Moscow and Beijing, focusing on Greater Central Asia and Greater Eastern Europe.
Category: Trade, European Union, Central Asia, Russia, Europe, China
China’s Inroads into Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe
Regional and Global Implications for Germany and the EU
by Jacopo Maria Pepe
DGAPanalyse 3 (March 2017), 11pp.
China’s Inroads into Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe
Could China’s quiet but steadily rising penetration of Central Europe bear risks for the EU? Certainly, Beijing is using the region as a gateway to Western Europe’s markets while including the EU in its “Eurasian” integration project. But a deepening trade triangle of China, Germany, and Central European countries could put other EU countries at an economic disadvantage. Germany must address this risk, carefully balancing national interest and European cohesion.
Category: European Union, Economy and Finance, Emerging Market Economies, China, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Central Europe
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