Areas of Expertise

  • Securitization and security identities
  • Japanese and East Asian international relations
  • Transatlantic and NATO relations


German, English

Afra Herr joined DGAP in October 2021. Since April 2022, she has been working with DGAP’s Security and Defense Program as an assistant to the project “Civilian Stabilization – Peace Policy Link for Successful Security Policy.” Her research focuses on stabilization efforts and actors in conflict areas. Previously, she was part of DGAP’s Technology and Global Affairs Program where she worked on the project “Governance of Critical Technologies in the Era of Geopolitical Change.” There, she helped assess international approaches to critical technology and their regulation. 

During her graduate studies, Herr was involved with the NATO Innovation Hub and their Disruptive Technology Exercise, as well as with a study on energy security and hybrid warfare in NATO member states.

She holds a master’s degree in international studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, USA, and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Universität Hamburg. She has completed coursework at Gakushuin University in Tokyo.



Afra Herr