Ulrike Franke

Policy Fellow

Main focus: AI in the military, drones

Twitter handle: @rikefranke

Website/blog: https://ecfr.eu/profile/ulrike_esther_franke/

Languages: German, English, French

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Topics: new technologies, germany, artificial intelligence, european politics, defence policy, drones, security policy, warfare

Services: Talk, Moderation, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


Dr. Ulrike Franke is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Her areas of focus include German and European security and defence, the future of warfare, and the impact of new technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence.

Franke has published widely on these and other topics and regularly appears as commentator in the media. She co-hosts the Sicherheitshalber Podcast, a German-language podcast on security and defence.

She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford – in her PhD thesis, she studied the use of drones by western armed forces. She also holds a BA from Sciences Po Paris and a double summa cum laude MA degree from Sciences Po Paris (Affaires internationales/Sécurité internationale) and the University of St. Gallen (International Affairs and Governance).