Elisabeth Braw

Elisabeth Braw


Elisabeth Braw directs RUSI's Modern Deterrence project, which focuses on how governments, business and civil society can work together to strengthen countries' defence against existing and emerging threats. Prior to RUSI, she worked at Control Risks following a career as a journalist where she reported from the United States, Germany, Italy and other countries. She is a columnist with Foreign Policy and contributes to The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Times and (writing in German) the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, focusing on European defence and security.

Elisabeth has also been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. A native of Sweden, she attended university in Germany, finishing her Magister Artium degree in political science and German literature with a dissertation on nuclear weapons reduction in Europe. She speaks German, Swedish and English, and gets by in Italian.

Elisabeth is a member of the steering group of the Aurora Forum and the author of God's Spies, about the state, church and spycraft in East Germany.


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