Gerald Knaus

European Stability Initiative (ESI), Chairman

Gerald Knaus (Austria) is the founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative (ESI), a Berlin-based think tank working on South East Europe and the Caucasus, European enlargement and the future of EU foreign policy.

He studied in Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, taught economics at the State University of Chernivtsi in Ukraine and spent five years working for NGOs and international organisations in Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2001 to 2004, he was the director of the Lessons Learned Unit of the EU Pillar of the UN Mission in Kosovo. In 2011, he co-authored, together with British MP Rory Stewart, the book “Can Intervention Work?”.

He co-authored more than 90 ESI reports on EU enlargement, the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus that have triggered wide public debates, including Islamic Calvinists (2005), Caviar Diplomacy – How Azerbaijan Silenced the Council of Europe (2012), The Merkel Plan – A proposal for the Syrian refugee crisis (2015), The European Swamp – Prosecutors, corruption and the Council of Europe (2016), and most recently A Rome Plan for the Mediterranean migration crisis (2017). He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and was for five years an Associate Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.


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