Dominik Tolksdorf

Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Peace and Security

Dominik is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow in the Peace and Security Section. He is also a Research Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, focusing in his research on the intersection of US politics and transatlantic relations, and cooperation on Ukraine. Previously, he worked as Program Director for Foreign and Security Policy at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington, D.C. In this position, he was responsible for projects in the field of transatlantic foreign and security relations, including visitor programs to the United States, international workshops, media fellowships, and U.S. delegation trips to Ukraine, Poland, Lebanon, and Germany (2016-2022).

Prior to that, he worked as a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow for International Relations and Security at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, and the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), as well as an AICGS/DAAD Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the GGI, focusing in his research primarily on European and U.S. policies towards the Western Balkans and Ukraine. Before moving to the United States, Dominik Tolksdorf worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Brussels, where his research focused on the EU’s foreign policy system after the creation of the External Action Service. As an Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, he taught courses on EU institutions and European politics. Between 2006 and 2009, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) and as an Instructor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, focusing in his research on the Western Balkans, the EU’s accession policies, and its relations with the countries of the Eastern Partnership. Dr. Dominik Tolksdorf studied at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (B.A.), the University of Turku in Finland (MSc), and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Dr. phil.). His book on the EU’s policies towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, published in 2012 by Nomos, examines the EU’s policies and measures to assist constitutional reform, police restructuring, and the fight against organized crime in the country.

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