Associate Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program
Carisa Nietsche is the Associate Fellow for the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She specializes in European security; China’s growing influence in Europe; and threats to democracy in Europe, particularly in Hungary, Poland, and Turkey.
Carisa previously worked with the Brookings Institution's communications team and the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. Her internships include time at the U.S. Department of State's Office of European Union and Regional Affairs, the European Parliament in Brussels, the International Republican Institute's Transatlantic Strategy team, and the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States & Europe and Project on International Order & Strategy. Her writing and analysis have appeared in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and The Hill, among others.
Carisa earned an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Government and Plan II Honors.
Recent Publications & News
CommentarySharper: The Future of European Leadership
By Carisa Nietsche, Nicholas Lokker & Anna Pederson
PodcastAutocratization in Central Europe with Dan Kelemen and Freedom House’s Zselyke Csaky
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Carisa Nietsche, Dan Kelemen & Zselyke Csaky
CommentaryHow Personalist Politics is Changing Democracies
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Carisa Nietsche, Erica Frantz & Joseph Wright
CommentaryThe Stakes are High
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor & Carisa Nietsche
Press ReleaseCNAS Selects Jasmine Butler and Carisa Nietsche as 2021 Bacevich Award Recipients
By Carisa Nietsche & Jasmine Butler
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