Areas of Expertise

  • Transatlantic relations, NATO
  • Non-proliferation, disarmament, and arms control
  • EU foreign policy, European security and defense policy
  • International order


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Jacob Schrot has been an associate fellow in DGAP’s Security and Defense Program since June 2019. He is chief of staff of Friedrich Merz, chairman of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), in the German Bundestag.

Previously, Schrot worked as the personal aide of Armin Laschet, then federal chairman of the CDU, and as a special assistant to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign policy advisor. Before joining the Federal Chancellery, he worked in the German Bundestag, where he headed the office of the current president of the Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, Prof. Dr. Stephan Harbarth.

Schrot is a member of both the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s working group of young foreign policy experts and the Körber Network Foreign Policy. He is an alumnus of the German-French Young Leaders Program, the Manfred Wörner Seminar, the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, the Aspen Institute’s Bundestag and Congress Staffers Exchange Program, the British German Forum, and the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative. He has also received scholarships from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Aspen Institute.

Schrot studied political science, transatlantic relations, and US foreign and domestic policy in the United States and Germany. During a year of studies at American University in Washington, DC, he worked for the German Marshall Fund and Congressman Eliot Engel.

Jacob Schrot




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