Areas of Expertise

  • Transatlantic relations and American views on the world order
  • US security, energy, and trade policy
  • Economic and domestic factors for American foreign policy
  • Comparative governance studies, e.g. German and US political systems
  • Religion and politics in the United States


German, English, French

Dr. Josef Braml joined the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in October 2006 as editor-in-chief of DGAP’s annual Jahrbuch Internationale Politik. In June 2019, he became head of DGAP’s The Americas Program. Since January 2020, he also serves as the secretary-general of the Trilateral Commission’s German Group.

Prior to that, Braml was a research fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin (2002 to 2006), a project leader at the Aspen Institute Berlin (2001), a visiting scholar at the German-American Center (2000), a consultant at the World Bank (1999), a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution (1998 to 1999), a congressional fellow of the American Political Science Association (1997 to 1998), and a member of the legislative staff in the US House of Representatives (1997 to 1998).

Braml earned his PhD in political science, sociology, and French cultural studies from the University of Passau. He also studied international business, languages, and cultural studies at the University of Passau and the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis.