Dr. Niklas Helwig

Dr. Niklas Helwig

Research Division: EU/Europe


phone:+49 30 88007-325

Since 2017 TAPIR-Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

2016-2017 TAPIR-Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC

2014-2016 Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki

2011 Visiting Researcher, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels

2010-2014 Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD Candidate, University of Cologne and University of Edinburgh.

Areas of Expertise:

Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), Transatlantic relations

Niklas Helwig analyzes the institutional development of the European Union, with a particular focus on the EU’s foreign and security policy. At the German Institute for International and Security Affairs he studies the German role in the reforms of the Common Security and Defence Policy and their implications for transatlantic relations.



External Publications (selection):

Niklas Helwig

The EU in the German Elections

A Window of Opportunity for Euro and Defence Reforms

Briefing Paper 225, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 30.08.2017
John Peterson, Niklas Helwig

Common Foreign and Security Policy: Institutionalizing Europe’s global role

in: John Peterson, Dornot Hodson (eds): Institutions of the European Union (4th edition), Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 307-333
Tuomas Iso-Markku, Niklas Helwig

Europe’s New Defence Agenda: Major hurdles still remain

FIIA Briefing Paper, 211, December 2016
Niklas Helwig, Carolin Rüger

In Search of a Role for the High Representative: The Legacy of Catherine Ashton

in: The International Spectator, 49(4), 2014, pp. 1-17

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

Daniel Hamilton, Niklas Helwig

Trump Faces Merkel’s Art Of The Deal

in: Huffington Post, 12.03.2017 (online)

SWP Comments

Christian Opitz, Tobias Etzold
Seeking Renewed Relevance

Institutions of Nordic Cooperation in the Reform Process

Paweł Tokarski
Reforming the Eurozone without a “Grand Bargain”

New Instruments and Power-Sharing in Incomplete Monetary Union