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Eva Michaels

Eva Michaels

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ENGAGE project, H2020

Visiting Research Fellow, Department of War Studies, King's College London


Eva joined IBEI as a Research Fellow in February 2021. She contributes to an H2020 project on Envisioning a New Governance Architecture for a Global Europe (ENGAGE) and teaches two core courses of the Master's in International Security. Eva is also a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London (KCL) where she is part of a team which provides expertise to the European Parliament on security and defence issues (2019-2024). Eva was previously involved in an ESRC-sponsored research project on ‘Learning and Intelligence Use in European Foreign Policy’ (INTEL). She also worked as a Teaching Fellow in European Foreign Policy, and as a Research Associate on another EU-funded project (‘(In)Forming Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution: The Role of the Media in Violent Conflict’, INFOCORE), all at KCL. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of European foreign policy, the intelligence-policy nexus in European crisis responses and political leadership in European security policy. Eva obtained a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London (2016), with a thesis exploring the behaviour of France and the United Kingdom in the preparation phase for EU military operations in Africa. Earlier experience included working with think tanks in London, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Brussels and Johannesburg.

Background and education

  • (2016) PhD in War Studies, King's College London
  • (2006) 'Magister Artium' (combined MA and BA) in Politics, Modern History and Law; University of Potsdam


  • 2008Clausewitz Gesellschaft, award and publishing grant for young scholars in Strategic Studies

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • International Studies Association
  • European International Studies Association
  • Women's Intelligence Network (WIN)
  • King's Intelligence and Security Group


Research interests

  • European foreign and security policy (EU, France, UK, Germany)
  • Intelligence-policy nexus in European crisis responses
  • EU-Africa relations
  • International Relations

Selected publications

  • Michaels, Eva.2021.How surprising was ISIS’ rise to power for the German intelligence community? Reconstructing estimates of likelihood prior to the fall of Mosul.Intelligence and National Security,DOI: 10.1080/02684527.2021.1985206Link
  • Michaels, Eva.2019.Tensions Running High in Gabon.Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations,Link
  • Meyer, Christoph; Sangar, Eric; Michaels, Eva

    2018.How Do Non-Governmental Organizations Influence Media Coverage of Conflict? The Case of the Syrian Conflict, 2011-2014.Media, War & Conflict,11(1):149-171Link
  • Meyer, Christoph; Michaels, Eva

    2016.Utilising Open Sources for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution: Potential, Limitation and Recommendations.uropean Commission, European Policy Brief,Link
  • Strickmann, Eva

    2014.Review of ‘National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance’, edited by Emil J. Kirchner and J. Sterling.Journal of Common Market Studies,52(2):442Link
  • Brockmann, Katrin; Strickmann, Eva

    2012.EU-NATO Beziehungen: Von der Unverantwortlichkeit interorganisationeller Konkurrenz.In:

    Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik (ed.)

    Transatlantische Perspektiven für die Ära Obama: Aufbruch zu neuen Ufern oder "business as usual"?.Kölner Beiträge zur Internationalen Politik, Band 1, Köln:Kölner Wissenschaftsverlag,pp: 75-111.Link
  • Major, Claudia; Strickmann, Eva

    2012.Les Défis Logistiques des Opérations de l'UE.In:

    Olivier Kempf (ed.)

    La Logistique, une Fonction Opérationnelle Oubliée.Paris:L’Harmattan,pp: 71-85.Link
  • Major, Claudia; Strickmann, Eva

    2011.You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Logistical Challenges in EU Military Operations.SWP Working Paper,Link
  • Meyer, Christoph; Strickmann, Eva

    2011.Solidifying Constructivism: How Material and Ideational Factors Interact in European Defence.Journal of Common Market Studies,49(1):61-81Link
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