Areas of Expertise

  • Counterterrorism and prevention of extremism in Russia, Central Asia and the Western Balkans
  • Geopolitics and geostrategies in international counterterrorism
  • Democratic backsliding in Europe


German, English, Russian

Miriam Heß has served as a project officer for “Countering Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism” in DGAP’s Security and Defense Program since November 2019. There, she is responsible for the organizational conception and implementation of the expert workshops, public events, and newsletter of the International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism (InFoEx). In previous positions at DGAP, she worked for the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia and the events team. She has also worked at Aspen Institute Germany and for projects in Russia.

Heß studied national and international administration and policy at the University of Potsdam and political science at the University of Hamburg. In her PhD project at the University of Leipzig, she is investigating the security rhetoric of terrorism and counter-terrorism in different regime types in the context of securitization theory. She is currently learning Bulgarian.