Julia Friedrich is a research fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she contributes to the institute’s work on peace and security. Her work focuses on security dynamics in Russia and Ukraine and armed actors in conflict.
Julia is currently a visiting fellow at the Razumkov Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. In her previous role as an editor of the PeaceLab Blog, she worked on conflict prevention and peacebuilding in German and European foreign policy, including the women, peace and security agenda. Prior to joining GPPi, Julia worked on UN-EU cooperation in peace operations at the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security as a Carlo-Schmid-Fellow in Brussels. Her other work experience includes internships at the German Foreign Office in Kazakhstan and the Russia and Eurasia Program of Chatham House. During her studies, she volunteered for the Russian NGO Memorial in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, as well as local NGOs in support of refugees in Paris and in London.
Julia holds a dual master’s degree in international security and international relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Sciences Po Paris’ Nancy Campus and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Her studies were supported by the National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).