Elisabeth Braw is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she focuses on defence against greyzone threats. She is also a columnist with Foreign Policy, where she writes on national security and the globalised economy, and the author of The Defender’s Dilemma: Identifying and Deterring Grayzone Aggression (2021). 


Before joining AEI, Elisabeth was a senior research fellow at RUSI, whose Modern Deterrence project she led. Prior to that, she worked at Control Risks, a global risk consultancy. Elisabeth is also a member of the steering committee of the Aurora Forum (the UK-Nordic-Baltic leader conference) and a member of the UK National Preparedness Commission. She regularly writes op-eds, including for the Financial Times, Politico, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (writing in German) and the Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of God’s Spies, about the Stasi (2019). 


Elisabeth attended university in Germany, graduating with a Magister Artium in political science and German literature.