Areas of Expertise

  • European integration
  • German EU policy
  • EU foreign policy, European security policy
  • Urban Diplomacy
  • Benelux countries
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Visegrád Group


German, English, French

In April 2020, Dr. Anna-Lena Kirch joined DGAP as a research fellow in the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies and coordinator of the project “Ideenwerkstatt Deutsche Außenpolitik.” Her research interests include EU governance, German and EU foreign and security policy, urban diplomacy, and Central-Eastern Europe. Previously, she worked at the Hertie School’s Centre for International Security, the Europe Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and the European Parliament.

Kirch holds a PhD from Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen that focuses on sub-regional cooperation formats in the EU. She studied political science and communication at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz.