Dr. rer. pol. Annegret Bendiek

Dr. rer. pol. Annegret Bendiek

Research Division: EU/Europe
Senior Associate


January 2015 - December 2015: Head of Project »The challenges of digitalization for German Foreign and Security Policy« (SWP Research Paper Due Diligence in Cyberspace)

April 2014 - October 2014: Policy Planning Staff, German Federal Foreign Office

August 2013 - April 2014: Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Transatlantic Academy

2007 - 2013 Deputy Head of the Research Group „EU-External Relations“

2003 - 2005: Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Bielefeld

Areas of Expertise:

European Union, Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Euro-Atlantic security, Cyber-security, EU foreign policy, Strategic partnerships, Transatlantic relations

Current focus: Digital geopolitics, EU cyber diplomacy, EU cyber security regulation, EU cyber defense

SWP Publications (selection):

Annegret Bendiek, Raphael Bossong

Shifting Boundaries of the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy

A Challenge to the Rule of Law

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 12, September 2019, 28 Pages


Annegret Bendiek, Matthias Schulze

Disinformation and Elections to the European Parliament

SWP Comment 2019/C 16, March 2019, 8 Pages


Annegret Bendiek, Ronja Kempin, Nicolai von Ondarza

Qualified Majority Voting and Flexible Integration for a More Effective CFSP?

A Critical Examination of the EU’s Options

SWP Comment 2018/C 25, June 2018, 8 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Raphael Bossong, Matthias Schulze

The EU’s Revised Cybersecurity Strategy

Half-Hearted Progress on Far-Reaching Challenges

SWP Comment 2017/C 47, November 2017, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Annegret Bendiek, Magnus Römer

Externalizing Europe: the global effects of European data protection

in: Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Emerald Publishing Limited, Vol. 21 Issue 1, January 2019, pp.32-43, https://doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-07-2018-0038
Annegret Bendiek

The European Union’s Foreign Policy Toolbox in International Cyber Diplomacy

in: Cyber, Intelligence, and Security, INSS, Vol. 2, Issue 2, December 2018, pp.- 57-71
Annegret Bendiek, Christoph Berlich, Tobias Metzger

European Cyber Foreign and Security Policy through Digital Integration

in: European Cybersecurity Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2015, pp. 23-30

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Annegret Bendiek, Eva Pander Maat

The EU's Regulatory Approach to Cybersecurity

Working Paper 2019/ No. 02, October 2019, 30 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Milena Geogios, Philip Nock, Felix Schenuit, Laura von Daniels

EU-Canada relations on the rise

Mutual interests in security, trade and climate change

Working Paper 2018/ Nr. 03, October 2018, 15 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Tobias Metzger

Deterrence theory in the cyber-century

Lessons from a state-of-the-art literature review

Working Paper RD EU/Europe, 2015/ 02, May 2015, 20 Pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Annegret Bendiek

No New Cold War: Give Strategic Interdependence a Chance

With its concept of strategic autonomy, the EU risks triggering a new Cold War. In the context of globalisation and digitisation, it should focus on strategic interdependence instead. A plea by Annegret Bendiek.

Point of View, 28.11.2018
Annegret Bendiek

Europe’s Patchwork Approach to Cyber Defense Needs a Complete Overhaul

in: Council on Foreign Relations, Net Politics & Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, 30.08.2017
Annegret Bendiek, Christoph Berlich, Tobias Metzger

Three Priorities for Cyber Diplomacy under the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016

Its OSCE Chairmanship 2016 is a chance for Germany to extend cyber diplomacy beyond its politico-military dimension, argue Annegret Bendiek, Christoph Berlich and Tobias Metzger.

Point of View, 11.11.2015

Media quotes (selection):

Annegret Bendiek, Tim Ridout

Restoring Trust in Internet Privacy and Data Security

The Obama administration and U.S. businesses have an enormous stake in restoring trust in Internet privacy and data security. According to Annegret Bendiek and Tim Ridout, signing the UN data protection resolution proposed by Germany and Brazil would be a good first step to do so.

Point of View, 25.11.2013


Annegret Bendiek on Twitter

Annegret Bendiek, Matthias Schulze
Disinformation and Elections to the European Parliament
SWP Comment 2019/C 16, March 2019

Annegret Bendiek
Europa verteidigen. Die Gemeinsame Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik der Europäischen Union. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 2018

Annegret Bendiek
No New Cold War: Give Strategic Interdependence a Chance
Point of View, November 2018

SWP Comments

Molly O’Neal
The European Commission’s Enhanced Rule of Law Mechanism


Raphael Bossong
The Expansion of Frontex

Symbolic Measures and Long-term Changes in EU Border Management

SWP Research Papers

Evita Schmieg
Connections between Trade Policy and Migration

A Sphere of Action for the EU

Daniel Voelsen
Cracks in the Internet’s Foundation

The Future of the Internet’s Infrastructure and Global Internet Governance