Hannes Ebert joined HD’s Digital Conflict Department in June 2020. He heads the department’s cyber programme and coordinates tracks of dialogue in Asia, Eurasia and the Middle East. Prior to joining HD, Hannes worked at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington DC, first as Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellow and since 2019 as Senior Advisor for the EU Cyber Direct project on cyber security and diplomacy in Brazil, India and South Korea. Between 2010 and 2018, he served as Research Fellow with the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, where he conducted research on dispute management, asymmetric warfare and cyber conflicts with a focus on South Asia, and spent multiple visiting fellowships at think tanks in Islamabad and New Delhi. In 2013/14 and 2015, he was seconded to the German Foreign Office’s Policy Planning Staff and Political Directorate for advisory work on strategic engagement with fragile states, rising non-Western powers and the Indian Ocean region. Hannes studied international law and politics in Berlin and Geneva and was a Hölderlin Fellow at the London School of Economics Department of International Relations, where he received his MSc. He obtained a Ph.D. in political science, focusing on territorial conflict behavior in the Indo-Pakistani rivalry, from Hamburg University, and was a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Center for International Studies in 2013 and a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University’s MacMillan Center in 2017.
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