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Serafine Dinkel

GEM-DIAMOND doctoral fellow

ESR 15 – Impact of competing models on the EU’s political conditionality in a turbulent neighbourhood

Serafine is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles and University of Warwick. Her research interests are EU foreign policy, strategy and EU enlargement policy.

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The impact of autocratic third powers in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership on EU democratic conditionality


  • Seda Gurkan
  • Ozlem Atikcan
Serafine is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Doctoral Fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Warwick within the Horizon Europe GEM-DIAMOND project (Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism - Democratic Institutions, the rise of Alternative Models and mounting Normative Dissensus). Her doctoral project, supervised by Seda Gürkan (ULB) and Ece Özlem Atikcan (UoW), examines the impact of authoritarian tendencies in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership on the effectiveness of EU democratic conditionality and normative power.

Her published research focuses on EU external governance and strategy, EU enlargement policy and German foreign policy. She is an Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign on Foreign Relations (DGAP), where she worked on a high-level strategy project on EU capacity to act before joining the program. She was previously a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a Blue Book trainee in the strategic policy planning division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and a research assistant at the Chair of European and international politics at the University of St. Gallen.

Serafine holds an MA in international security from Sciences Po Paris and an MA in international affairs and governance from the University of St. Gallen, as well as a BA in social and political sciences from Sciences Po Paris’ Franco-German program.
Dinkel, Serafine, Schirwon, Dana and Stamm, Leonie. Integrating Feminist Foreign Policy Into the National Security Strategy (2022, Jul 27). German Council on Foreign Relations, DGAP Policy Brief 20.

Dinkel, Serafine, Kirch, Anna-Lena and McQuay, Mark. Towards an Inclusive Europe, Inside and Out (2022, May 16). DGAP Online Commentary.

Dinkel, Serafine. Buzzword Bingo in EU Security: Why “Resilience” Risks Becoming the New “Strategic Autonomy” (2022, Jan 25). DGAP Online Commentary.

Dinkel, Serafine. (2021, Jan 3). Nordische Resilienz lernen [Learning Nordic Resilience]. Internationale Politik Special Nr. 2/ 2022.

Parkes, Roderick, Schimmel, Florence, and Dinkel, Serafine. (2021, Dec 8). Strategic Compass: Petals Worth Adding to its Rose. TEPSA Recommendations 2021.

Kirch, Anna-Lena, Dinkel, Serafine, and Kabisch, Fanny. (2021, Dec 7). Municipal Foreign Policy. Resilient Cities Foster Germany’s Capacity to Act. DGAP Memo No. 16.

Dinkel, Serafine and Gelhaus, Laura. (2021, Oct 1). Geopolitics in Europe’s Neighborhood: New Strategies for the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership. DGAP Memo No. 11.

Parkes, Roderick, Kirch, Anna-Lena, and Dinkel, Serafine. (2021, Jul 2). Building European Resilience and Capacity to Act: Lessons for 2030. DGAP Report No 13.

Dinkel, Serafine. (2018, Mar 14). Getting Your Own House in Order: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Humanitarian Sector. The Policy Corner.