I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.
I am also an associate fellow at the Institute for German Studies at Birmingham University.
I was previously a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, and the research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Before that I was a full-time journalist and still write regularly for Prospect, The Guardian, the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement. I have also written for various other newspapers and magazines including The Observer, Financial Times, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit and Le Monde.
My first book, Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany’s 1968 generation and the Holocaust, was published in 2009. You can order it at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.
I studied philosophy and German at Oxford University and journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. As an undergraduate, I also spent a year at the Freie Universität Berlin.