Experts & Staff

Gustav Gressel

Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Eastern Europe; Russia; armed conflict and military affairs; defence policy; missile defence; missile proliferation

Languages

German and English (fluent), Spanish and Polish (conversational)

Biography

Gustav Gressel is a senior policy fellow with the Wider Europe Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Berlin office. His topics of focus include Russia, Eastern Europe, and defense policy.

Before joining ECFR, Gressel worked as a desk officer for international security policy and strategy in the Bureau for Security Policy of the Austrian Ministry of Defence from 2006 to 2014, and as a research fellow of the Commissioner for Strategic Studies with the Austrian MoD from 2003 to 2006. He was also a research fellow with the International Institute for Liberal Politics in Vienna. Before his academic career he served five years in the Austrian Armed Forces.

Gressel holds a PhD in Strategic Studies at the Faculty of Military Sciences at the National University of Public Service, Budapest and a Masters Degree in political science from Salzburg University. He is the author of numerous publications regarding security policy and strategic affairs and a frequent commentator on international affairs. His opinions have appeared in media such as the New York Times, the Guardian, Die Welt, NZZ, Bild, the DiplomatNew Eastern Europe, Foreign Policy, Gazeta PrawnaRzeczpospolita, Kyiv Post, the Moscow TimesCapital, the Telegraph, the EconomistNewsweek, Deutsche Welle, RTL, al Jazeera, TVP, TRT, Polskie Radio, RFI, FM4, Ukraine Today, and Radio Free Europe.

La souveraineté stratégique de l’UE commence en Europe orientale

Alors que les sociétés européennes commencent à faire le bilan de l’influence de la pandémie du Covid-19 sur l’Union européenne (UE), il est de plus en plus fréquent d’entendre que cette épreuve a prouvé le besoin pour l’UE d’une plus grande souveraineté stratégique. Cela ne fait aucun doute. Mais le véritable défi pour la puissance de l’UE et sa souveraineté stratégique ne réside pas dans les masques mais dans la gestion par l’UE de ses problèmes extérieurs, et en premier lieu ceux de son voisinage.

Publications

European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2016

The sixth ECFR Foreign Policy Scorecard highlights the EU's diminishing ability to influence its neighbours, and the neighbourhood's growing impact on the EU

Articles

Podcasts

In the media

Gustav Gressel comments on the military lessons learned from the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Gustav Gressel on NATO's increasing military presence in the Baltic region

Gustav Gressel signed the Open Letter: "For the Sake of Transatlantic Security, Stop Nord Stream 2"