Working Group of Terrorism and Domestic Security

Network for Experts in Counter-Terrorism and Domestic Security

Development and Background

The Working Group Terrorism & Domestic Security was initiated by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2015. With the Islamic State’s (IS) proclamation of a caliphate in 2014, it became clear how international terrorism had become more salient for domestic security and the extent to which foreign and domestic security policies are closely intertwined.

Members of the Working Group regularly come together in Berlin, Cadenabbia or abroad so as to exchange on the latest political events and jointly develop solutions to current problems. As part of their events and travels, they hold discussions with high-ranking political and civil society actors, participate in panel discussions and conferences as well as writing policy papers.


Themes and Objective

The Working Group’s content is mainly focused on the threat posed by Islamist and right-wing extremism and terrorism, but also has proven expertise in the field of left-wing extremism and terrorism. What is more, members address issues such as the protection of critical infrastructure, cyber security, prevention and radicalism along with state security architecture. The Working Group consists of around 25 members, who, inter alia, are employed in ministries and security authorities, at the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces), in the private sector or in think tanks, as doctoral candidates or as parliamentary staff.

By combining these different competencies, the Working Group aims to consider political solutions to domestic and foreign security as two sides of the same coin and to better network them. The intention here is to contribute towards strengthened expertise in German domestic security.



The Working Group is open to experts and practitioners (PhD candidates, career entrants and young professionals) from the areas of domestic and foreign security, radicalism and the prevention as well as combating of terrorism, who identify with the goals of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and feel connected to its work.

Those interested in cooperating with the Working Group should have professional expertise in at least one of the above-cited topics. A precondition is a Master’s degree or comparable qualifications.

For further information, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Programme Officer.

Members of the working group at a glance: A–H

Dr. Jürgen Brandsch
Portfolio Manager, KfW Development Bank

  • Many years of experience in international cooperation, including project leader and head of department at the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC) as well as advisor for peace and security at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
  • Academic work in the field of terrorism and conflict research at the Universities of Mannheim and St Andrews. PhD on violence against civilians in civil wars at the University of St Andrews.
  • Former fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation e.V.
  • Research interests: Strategies of Terrorism, Quantitative Analysis of Terrorism, Counterinsurgency, Violence against civilians in armed conflict





Dr. Marcel Dirsus
Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel

  • Doctorate at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel at the Institute of Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science financed through a Manfred-Wörner-Stipendium by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
  • MSc Russian and East European Studies, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
  • B.A. Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
  • Publications in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post and War on the Rocks
  • Research: Coups, uprisings, regime instability and foreign policy


Lisa Erlmann
Research Assistant & PhD student

  • Research Assistant at the University of Lucerne in the project “Radicals and Preachers. Social Networks and Identity Formation as Pull Factors of Jihadist Radicalisation in Austria, Germany and Switzerland (RPSI)”
  • PhD student at the intersection of Security Studies & Politics of Religion at the Bundeswehr University Munich and the University of Lucerne
  • Working experience at the Munich Security Conference, the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the German Federal Foreign Office
  • “MasterClass Prevention of Islamism“ at the German Federal Agency for Civic Education
  • M.A. Politics  & Religion, Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg
  • B.A. Arabic & Islamic Studies and B.A. African Studies, University of Leipzig
  • Membership with Women in International Security (WIIS)


Miriam Katharina Heß
Research Fellow

  • Research Fellow for Terrorism and Extremism in the Security and Defense Program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
  • PhD at the University of Leipzig on securitization through terrorism in Russia and France. 
  • Previously worked as a project associate at the International Forum for Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism (InFoEx) and at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations.
  • M.A. National and International Administration and Policy at the University of Potsdam; B.A. Political Science at the University of Hamburg. 
  • Memberships with the German Society for East European Studies (DGO) and Women in International Security (WIIS).
  • Main research interests: State Terrorism, Chechen foreign terrorist fighter (Konflikte: Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syrian), Nuclear Terrorism, Abuse/Politicization of Counterterrorism and Islamism in the Chechen Diaspora in Europe (Special Expertise: Austria)

Photo: © DGAP / Zsófia Pölöske

Members of the working group at a glance: I–O

Jannis Jost
Research Assistant at the Institute for Security Policy at the Universität Kiel (ISPK), Department for Terrorism and Radicalisation Research

  • Jannis Jost is a Researcher at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK). His research priorities include the use of Artificial Intelligence for counter-extremism on social media as well as identity building in radicalization and deradicalization processes.
  • He is a co-editor of the first German-language academic handbook on terrorism and the publication series “Jahrbuch Terrorismus”.
  • Jannis Jost holds a B.A. in Polical Science and Islamic Studies from Kiel University and a M.Litt. in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews.



Sofia Koller
Senior Research Analyst/Project Manager

  • Senior Research Analyst at the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) in Berlin, Germany
  • external Expert, for example advising the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) of the European Commission (DG Home)
  • previously Research Fellow and Project Leader of the International Forum for Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism (InFoEx) of the German Council on Foreign Relations as well as project coordinator in Lebanon and France
  • M.A. International Conflict Studies, King’s College London; Master’s thesis on counter terrorism and the state of emergency in France after the November 2015 attacks
  • B.A. International Relations and Management in Germany and Jordan
  • Graduate one-year scholarship Great Britain of the DAAD and alumna of the Studienförderwerk Klaus-Murmann, Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (Foundation of German Business)
  • Memberships at the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues (EENeT), Women in International Society (WIIS), and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
  • Main topics: Prevention of Islamist Extremism, mainly Disengagement/Deradicalization as well as Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of (returned) Foreign (Terrorist) Fighters in Western Europe



Dr. Franca König
EU Consultant in the Senate Administration for the Interior and Sports Berlin

  • Doctorate (Dr rer. pol) at the Hertie School of Governance on European Cooperation and Integration in Domestic Security/Police
  • Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in European Studies at the University of Maastricht
  • Work and internships including at Europol, the Jacques Delors Centre and the German Permanent Representation to the United Nations Office in Geneva
  • Memberships: Women in International Security, Woman4Cyber, Hybrid Warfare: Future & Technologies Expert Network (Hybrid CoE, COI S&D)
  • Work priorities: European Union (Justice and Home Affairs), Security Policy/International Security, Police Cooperation, Cyber Security





Dinah Elisa Kreutz
Business Consultant

  • Long-standing work experience as a Research Assistant in the German Bundestag and in the Landtag of Bavaria.
  • Degree programme in Political Science at the Hochschule für Politik München and ongoing doctorate on State Building as an Instrument of Foreign and Security Policy
  • Former scholarship holder at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, alumni of the KAS doctoral study programme “Security and Development” and Manfred-Wörner-Scholarship of the KAS.
  • Internships and voluntary work, e.g., at the German Council on Foreign Relations
  • Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US State Department
  • Research focuses: Domestic Security, Counter-Terrorism, Islamist Terrorism, Fragile Statehood, State Building in MENA Region, German and European Foreign and Security Policy



Alexander Sami Lang
Corporate Security Manager

  • Mlitt. Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies, University of St. Andrews
  • Double B.A. & M.A. International and European Governance (Focus on Conflict and Development Issues), Sciences Po Lille, WWU Münster
  • Internships and part-time work inter alia at the headquarters of the Foreign Office, the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK), the Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research (HSFK) as well as at Human Rights Watch (HRW).
  • Work priorities: Nexus Between Organised Crime and Terrorism, Terrorist Financing, Instrumentalisation of Terrorist Groups by States, Islamist Terrorism in Algeria




Dr. Sandra Lukosek
Research Assistant at the German Constitutional Court

  • Legal traineeship with positions at the Federal Chancellery, at the German Constitutional Court, at the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office (Department for Organised Crime), at Noerr (foreign trade legislation)
  • Doctorate (Dr iur) on the Reform of Association Law and the Need to Further Develop the Public Law on Associations with Particular Focus on the Practice of Banning Rockers’ Associations and Islamist-Extremist Associations
  • Law degree course at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and King’s College London with an emphasis on Security Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Enactment and Legislation
  • Functions: Research Assistant to Katharina Landgraf Member of the Bundestag (MdB) and at Gleiss Lutz, Tutor in the East-West Network at HU Berlin (seminar on German and European Security Structure)
  • Research and Work Priorities: Security as a Task of the State, Duties to Protect under Security Law Provisions in the Constitution, Security Architecture, Hybrid Threats, Resilience



  • Das Gewicht der Sicherheit als Herausforderung des liberalen Verfassungsstaates – Sicherheit als Staatsaufgabe, Staatsziel, grundrechtliche Gewährleistung? in: GSZ 2020, 233 (with Professor Hans Hofmann und Dr Florentine Schulte-Rudzio)
  • Die EnWG-Reservemechanismen als „Schattenkapazitätsmarkt“? – Instrumente zur Gewährleistung von Versorgungssicherheit und Klimaschutz, in: Commercial Archive 1/2019, 12 (with Dr Marc Ruttloff)

Members of the working group at a glance: P–S

Livia Puglisi
Head of Office Federal President (ret.) Christian Wulff

  • Livia Puglisi heads the office of the former Federal President of Germany, Christian Wulff.
  • She holds a Master's degree in law as well as in Romance Studies from the University of Vienna. From 2018 to 2020 she worked as political advisor and project manager at the Multilateral Dialogue office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Vienna. Prior to this she worked as parliamentary advisor to an MoP at the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag).
  • Her research area focuses on challenges of democracy, integration, social cohesion, international relations and speech writing.
  • Livia Puglisi is a member of the working group on terrorism and homeland security of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation as well as of the organization Women in International Studies (WIIS) and Vice president of the Italian-Austrian Association.



Marie-Christine Roux
PhD candidate, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

  • Doctorate since 2017 on the Background of the Jihadist Mobilisation in France and Germany
  • Scholarship holder of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s PhD scholarship programme and member of the KAS doctoral programme, ‘Security and Development in the XXI. Century’
  • Previously Consultant at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on the topic of Extremism Prevention in the Context of International Development Cooperation; Research Assistant in the Country Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. in Tunisia.
  • Degree course in Political Sciences, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg, France
  • Research focuses: Salafism and Jihadism (Regional Focuses Western Europe and North Africa), Extremism Prevention, Political Transformation Processes in North Africa



Caspar Schliephack
Educational Consultant in the “Fachstelle Islam im Land Brandenburg” for “Demokratie und Integration Brandenburg e.V., RAA Brandenburg”

  • Caspar Schliephack is an Islam scientist and works as a consultant at a civil society organization called „Fachstelle Islam“ in the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany.
  • He is responsible for advising different state institutions and non-state actors on issues ranging from migration, integration, muslim communities and preventing violent extremism. He has a special interest in Islamism in Eastern Germany and communities from the North Caucasus, especially Chechens. Moreover he is the Co-chair of „Stelle für Jesidische Angelegenheiten e.V.“, a registered association campaigning for the rights of Yezidis in Germany.
  • Since 2017 Caspar Schliephack is part of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s network on terrorism and security.





Tim Segler
Thuringia Ministry of the Interior; PhD candidate, Faculty of Political Science Erfurt

  • Doctorate on the Reform Approaches in the Realignment of German Security Architecture Following NSU Revelation
  • Doctoral scholarship from the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung
  • Degree course in Administrative Sciences
  • Master Public Management / Security Management
  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Working Group Domestic Security (AKIS)
  • Co-Chair of the “Security, Volunteering and Community Affairs” Working Group at JU Thüringen
  • Publication of articles on domestic and security policy inter alia in “Huffington Post Deutschland” or in the debate magazine “The European”
  • Member of the “Domestic Policy” Commission of JU Deutschland
  • Former Board Member of the Initiative Junger Transatlantiker e.V.
  • Member in the Association of Friends of the Federal Academy for Security Policy
  • Work priorities: Germany’s Federal Security Architecture, European Security Architecture, State Counter-Extremism and Counter-Terrorism by Police and Intelligence Services, German Domestic Policy, European Migration Policy



Norman Siewert
PhD candidate, Universität Potsdam

  • Scholarship holder of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. doctoral sponsorship (2018-2022)
  • M.A., Contemporary History at the Universität Potsdam
  • B.A., History, Politics and Administration at the Universität Potsdam
  • Academic Assistant at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., previously inter alia Undergraduate Assistant in the Prevention Project “Project-Related Seminar Work with Young People Against Left-Wing Extremism” at the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen
  • Work priorities: European History of Ideas, History of Ideology and History of Totalitarian Movements, Extremism and Extremism Prevention





Bianca Steinhilber
Research Assistant at the "Frankfurter Forschungszentrum Globaler Islam" & PhD student at the Universität Frankfurt

  • Promotion zu Prävention von religiös begründetem Extremismus als soft-power Ansatz in der EU
    Stipendiatin der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
    vorher u.a. tätig für wissenschaftliche Evaluation des Präventionsprojektes „Pro Prävention“ (Kreis Offenbach), Meltz Communications (Washington D.C.), EU Parlament (Brüssel), CDU Schleswig-Holstein (Kiel)
    M.A. European Studies an der RWTH Aachen, Masterarbeit zu salafistischen Bewegungen in Deutschland
    B.A. Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften JLU Gießen und Université Sorbonne Paris IV
    Forschungs- und Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Islamismus/politischer Islam in Deutschland und Europa, Prävention/Deradikalisierung, jihadistischer Terrorismus, Sicherheitspolitik



Members of the working group at a glance: T–Z

Markus Tozman
Policy Advisor in the Senior Civil Service, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Previously: Policy Advisor for the (former) Dutch ruling party CDA, responsible for Minority Protection in Turkey, Syria and in Iraq
  • Qualitative research projects in Turkey (2010/2011) and in Egypt (2013) that investigated the situation of minorities in the area of tension between Islamism and nationalism
  • Co-editorship of a book on the situation of the Aramaic-speaking minority in Turkey (2021) as well as several publications on minority protection for NGOs with a focus on the Near East
  • MA degree in International Relations and Political Economics at the John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna and Washington, DC, with a focus on Middle East Research
  • Areas of interest: Minority Rights, Security Policy and Social Developments of the Near East, Turkey-Europe Relations



  • The Slow Disappearance of the Syriacs from Turkey and of the Grounds of the Mor Gabriel Monastery, PA Omtzigt, MK Tozman, A Tyndall (eds), Munster 2012
  • Neue Aramäische Studien



Inga Kristina Trauthig
Senior Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

  • MLitt. Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • B.A., Political and Social Studies with Minor in English/American Studies, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg
  • Study abroad at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Associate Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), Fellow of the Atlantic Initiative and member of the Extended Board of Women in International Security (WIIS)
  • Work experience inter alia at Miller und Meier Consulting in Berlin, B’Tselem (NGO) in Jerusalem, German Bundestag, Texas Democratic Party in Austin, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies in Austin, Dean of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg
  • Alumna of the DAAD graduate scholarship, Promos Research Scholarship and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation
  • Research focuses: Islamic terrorism, (De)radicalisation and Prevention, Transatlantic Security Policy
  • Regional Focuses: Libya, North Africa, Gulf States





Johannes Wiggen
Hessian Ministry of the Interior and for Sport, Wiesbaden

  • 2020-2021: Referent für Cybersicherheit, Abteilung Internationale Politik und Sicherheit, Hauptabteilung Analyse und Beratung, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V., Berlin
  • 2012-2019: Studium der Politikwissenschaft und BWL an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, der Rheinischen-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn und der University of Dundee
  • Themenschwerpunkte: Cybersicherheitspolitik; Desinformations- und Einflussnahmeoperationen; hybride Bedrohungen
  • Publikationen:
  • Chancen und Grenzen europäischer Cybersicherheitspolitik. In ZEI Discussion Paper C 261, Hrsg. Europäisches Zentrum für Integrationsforschung, 2020.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on cyber crime and state-sponsored cyber activities. In Analysen & Argumente Nr. 391, Hrsg. Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung e. V., 2020.

Former members of the working group at a glance

Tom Bioly
Policy Advisor for Fundamental Issues and Strategic Planning, CDU Thuringia

Sebastian Gerlach
Business Consultant, Oliver Wyman Near East

Dr. Eva Maria Haarmann
Policy Advisor, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Catharina Lewerenz
Research Assistant, Federal Government Service Centre for Better Regulation

Friedrich Lindsey
Staff Duty Soldier, Bundeswehr

Birgit Otto
Head of Division, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Eike Petersen
Business Consultant, Deloitte Canada


Felix Neumann

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Counter-extremism and counter-terrorism +49 30 26996-3879

Publications to the topic

Jihadist Terrorism in Europe UK KALUZA + SCHMID Studio GmbH
Jihadism in the United Kingdom
A Threat Picture since the Fall of the Caliphate's Capitals
Dschihadismus in Belgien KAS/yellow too, Pasiek Horntrich GbR
Jihadism in Belgium
A country that has suffered badly and still needs to be vigilant
Header_Islamistischer Terrorismus-EN.jpg KAS/yellow too, Pasiek Horntrich GbR
Jihadism in Austria
A dangerous scene with great ideological power
Strategische Außenpolitik
Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries | Part 1, 2, 3
Overview Trawczynski;; pixabay Trawczynski;; pixabay
Verblüffende Ähnlichkeiten unter Gegnern
Gemeinsamkeiten zwischen Rechtsextremismus und Islamismus
Die geopolitische Rolle Deutschlands in Zeiten globaler Großmachtrivalitäten kas
Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 2
Part II: Economic and technology policy
Der Konflikt in Nordsyrien und die Kurdensolidarität im Linksextremismus
Blick auf ein Dorf in Syrien NeferTiyi / flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Zukunft des dschihadistischen Terrorismus: Die Überlebensstrategie des IS
US Special Forces in Syrien | Public Domain-Foto des US-Militärs Public Domain
US-Abzug aus Syrien mischt Karten neu
Zu den Folgen eines reduzierten Engagements der USA in dem Konfliktland
© picture alliance / Geisler-Fotopress picture alliance / Geisler-Fotopress
Rechtsextreme Gewalt in Deutschland vor dem Hintergrund der „Flüchtlings- und Migrationskrise“
Auf dem Weg in einen neuen Rechtsterrorismus?