Experts & Staff

Jonathan Hackenbroich

ECFR Alumni · Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

Geo-economics, economic statecraft, security, sanctions policy, German foreign policy


German, English, French, Spanish, some Arabic


Jonathan Hackenbroich was a policy fellow for economic statecraft and the head of ECFR’s Task Force for Strengthening Europe against Economic Coercion. His work for ECFR’s European Power programme focused on economic coercion and geo-economics, especially trade and sanctions policy. He is also an expert on German foreign policy.

Hackenbroich has been published in the weekly Die Zeit, the daily FAZ and Tagesspiegel, French daily Le Monde, the New Statesman, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, and in ECFR’s annual political trends papers. He regularly appears as a commentator in the media, from the New York Times to German Handelsblatt, and has been a podcast contributor at ECFR’s flagship podcast “World in 30 Minutes”.

Hackenbroich holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where he specialised in US grand strategy, geopolitics and geo-economics. He also holds a BA in International Relations from TU Dresden.

Previously, Hackenbroich was research assistant to ECFR’s director where he acted as speech writer, podcast researcher, and strategic adviser to Mark Leonard. Before joining ECFR, Hackenbroich was a trainee at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, where he worked at the foreign desk and wrote about geopolitics and strategic issues.

He has also been a lecturer on strategic political forecasting at TU Dresden. Hackenbroich had previous work experience at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC, the German Foreign Office’s Iran Task Force, the German Bundestag, UNHCR Jordan and with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Lebanon.

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