Areas of Expertise

  • Civilian crisis management
  • EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)


German, English, French

Florence Schimmel has been a research fellow in DGAP’s Security and Defense Program since July 2020. Among other responsibilities, she works on projects on the Strategic Compass and the EU’s capabilities in civilian crisis management. From September 2019 until starting that position, she had been that program’s program assistant.

Before joining DGAP, Schimmel worked for various chairs and communication agencies during her studies. She also completed internships in the analysis department of the Center for International Peace Operations, in the strategic international cooperation division of the German Federal Ministry of Defense’s in-house consultancy, and in the Security and Defense Program of DGAP.

Schimmel holds a master’s degree in international affairs with a focus on security policy from the Hertie School of Governance. She also has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Witten/Herdecke.