Portraitfoto Ronja Kempin (kmp)

Dr. phil. Ronja Kempin

Research Division: EU/Europe
Senior Fellow


phone:+49 30 88007-223

2016 Lecturer at Free University Berlin and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg

2014 Political Advisor, Common Security and Defence Policy Division, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2010 - 2014 Head of Research Division EU External Relations, SWP

2009 - 2010 Fritz Thyssen Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

2001 - 2002 Research Fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI) and the Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) in Paris

1999 - 2000 Research Fellow at the German Bundestag and the party executive of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), International Affairs, Berlin

SWP Publications (selection):

Ronja Kempin, Dominik Rehbaum

Emmanuel Macron’s “New Way”

Setting the Course for Re-election in 2022

SWP Comment 2020/C 50, November 2020, 4 Pages


Markus Kaim, Ronja Kempin

A European Security Council

Added Value for EU Foreign and Security Policy?

SWP Comment 2019/C 02, January 2019, 7 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
Rosa Beckmann, Ronja Kempin

EU Defence Policy Needs Strategy

Time for Political Examination of the CSDP’s Reform Objectives

SWP Comment 2017/C 34, September 2017, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Ronja Kempin, Barbara Kunz

France, Germany, and the Quest for European Strategic Autonomy

Franco-German Defence Cooperation in A New Era

Notes du Cerfa, No.141, Ifri, December 2017
Ronja Kempin

The Foreign Policy Implications of Financial Crises

in: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, October 2017
Ronja Kempin

German Security and Defence Policy after the Elections

in: EU Forum, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 18.09.2017 (online)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Ronja Kempin, Barbara Lippert

Membership, neighbourhood, partnership

The EU's foreign policy triptych needs remodelling

Working Paper FG 2, 2013/Nr. 03, August 2013, 12 Pages
Ronja Kempin, Nicolai von Ondarza, Marco Overhaus

Tackling the big questions in little steps

A process towards a comprehensive EU strategy

Working Paper FG 1, 2012/Nr. 6; FG 2, 2012/Nr. 2, October 2012, 12 Pages
Stephanie C. Hofmann, Ronja Kempin

France and the Transatlantic Relationship

Love me, love me not...

Working Paper FG 2 2007/Nr. 04, February 2007, 8 Pages

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

Markus Kaim, Ronja Kempin

A "Hamiltonian Moment" for European Defense?

in: The National Interest, 21. August 2020
Ronja Kempin, Ronja Scheler

The EU Must Focus on Root Causes of Migration

The European Union is planning to act against human traffickers in the Mediterranean. But the plight of refugees can only be relieved when the EU’s foreign policy engagement is strengthened, say Ronja Kempin and Ronja Scheler.

Point of View, 30.04.2015
Ronja Kempin

From reluctance to policy – A new German stance on CSDP?

in: europeangeostrategy.org, 28.01.2015, (online)

Media quotes (selection):

Lewis Sanders IV

'Security Union': The greatest threat to the EU comes from within

The European Commission has hailed progress on its roadmap for a more secure Europe. But while terrorism, migration and Russia have been touted as the greatest threats to the EU, the reality appears quite different.

in: dw.com, 14.10.2016


Ronja Kempin on Twitter

Markus Kaim, Ronja Kempin
A "Hamiltonian Moment" for European Defense?
in: The National Interest, 21. August 2020

Ronja Kempin, Barbara Kunz
France, Germany, and the quest for European strategic autonomy
Franco-German defence cooperation in a new era
Notes du Cerfa, n°141, Ifri, December 2017

SWP Comments

Paweł Tokarski, Alexander Wiedmann
The Corona Debt Conundrum in the Eurozone

Limits to Stabilisation by Monetary Policy and the Search for Alternatives

Raphael Bossong
The Next Steps for EU Counterterrorism Policy

Evolving Threats of Jihadism, Right-wing Extremism, and Transatlantic Cooperation

SWP Research Papers

Eckhard Lübkemeier
Standing on Our Own Feet?

Opportunities and Risks of European Self-Defence

Peter Becker
A European Economic Policy in the Making

Success with Modest Means