A new researcher joined the European Union research programme this month. Timo Behr is a German national and in FIIA he will be covering EU relations with the Mediterranean and the Middle East, German and French EU policies and external relations and the development of CFSP and ESDP more generally.

Time Behr has been a PhD student in European Studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC before joining FIIA’s EU team. In his doctoral research, Behr investigated the development of French and German foreign and security policies in the Middle East and evaluated their impact on EU policies. After successfully defending his thesis in early 2009, he has worked as a Garnet Mobility fellow for the think-tank Notre Europe in Paris, where he conducted research on regional integration in the Mediterranean and served as a project leader for a high-level task force on EU-US relations.

In the past, Behr has also been a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, contributing to GPPi’s programme on global energy governance. Previous to joining FIIA, he has also worked in a variety of other academic and non-academic positions in international affairs. Behr holds a PhD and MA in International Relations and International Economics from SAIS and a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of London.