Ms. Almut Möller

Almut Möller has been head of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) since 2010.

From 2008 to 2010 she lived and worked as a freelance analyst, author, and consultant in London. Between 2002 and 2008 she was a researcher at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where she initially worked in the European Union Reform and Enlargement Program. Since 2007 she has been head of the Center’s Euro-Mediterranean Program.

Almut Möller was a guest researcher at Renmin University of China in Beijing (2006), Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo (2007), and at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. (2008).

She is a non-resident fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and an associate fellow at the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES).

Almut Möller holds an M.A. in political science from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (2002). She also studied at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Aix-en-Provence.

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The Arab Awakening One Year On: A European Perspective

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In early 2011, the debate in the European Union about the repercussions of the Arab awakening that started in late 2010 and continues to this day was largely framed in terms of opportunities rather than risks. The prospect of democracy finally making headway in one of the most static regions of the… Read more >

Enhancing European Security


Europe will soon need to focus greater attention on its shared defense policy, an aspect that has been overlooked for quite some time. According to the authors, Germany must take the lead for such an initiative.

What the EU Did Next – A Compilation


While the recent general outlook on the future of the European Union has been filled with excessive doom and gloom, it is largely misplaced, writes Non-Resident Fellow Almut Möller in a collection titled “What the EU Did Next.” There is still hope for the EU, but significant work needs to be done; turning the EU from a liability into a solution will be a difficult task yet one that needs to be tackled. This volume of essays from the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) focuses on the EU’s undervalued strengths and how these strengths can be used to revitalize parts of the EU agenda in an effort to refocus the EU for success in the future.

Why the EU needs a Special Representative to Respond to the Arab Spring


The European Union and its member states continue to struggle to find a response to the Arab Spring, write former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Almut Möller and Cornelius Adebahr. Past policy approaches had little impact on the area’s regimes, if anything doing more to support them than reform them. In this report for the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the authors argue that the EU should reorient its policies and utilize one of its established and successful foreign policy instruments and name an EU Special Representative for North Africa.

Forging the Future of Germany and Europe: Reflections on 20 Years of German Unification

Cover Forging the future of Germany and Europe

The questions, choices, and decisions that Germany of 2010 faces today are vastly different than those the two Germanys confronted over two decades ago. This special publication, made possible by the Dräger Foundation, looks back not only at the changes in Germany as they unfolded in 1989 and 1990, but offers views on Germany’s role in Europe and the world in the decades to come.

The Future of Germany’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East


Whatever the outcome of the September elections, Germany’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East will remain by and large stable writes AICGS Non-resident Fellow Almut Möller. In her essay “The Future of Germany’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East: European, Transatlantic, and Eventually More German?” Möller argues that Germany will continue to cooperate with the European Union in its Middle East policies and will seek a strong link with the Obama administration in Washington in the face of such challenges as the war in Iraq, the Iranian nuclear program, the fragmentation of the Palestinian territories, and the Israeli invasion in Gaza.

We Believe in Change: Europe, the Middle East, and the Future of Transatlantic Cooperation


The remarkably dense media coverage in Europe on the pre-election campaign in the United States is a tell tale sign: America is voting and Europeans are fascinated. Ask any average European these days and you will be surprised to hear him commenting on details of Ohio’s electoral system or the role of the superdelegates, and he will most likely have watched Barack Obama’s speech on Pastor Jeremiah Wright and Hillary Clinton’s tale of sniper fire in Tuzla on YouTube. But the real interest lies in the outcome…