Dr Helene von Bismarck FRHistS

Senior Associate Fellow


Dr Helene von Bismarck is a historian, author and political commentator specialising in British history and politics. She lives in Hamburg, Germany, but has been a very regular visitor to the UK since 2004.

In 2011, she received her PhD in modern history from Humboldt-University in Berlin. Her book ‘Conceptions of Informal Empire: British Policy in the Persian Gulf, 1961-68’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. She is also the author of a short history of the UK-German Königswinter Conferences.

Her analysis on British foreign policy, UK-German relations, Brexit, German foreign policy and the role of history and remembrance in international affairs and security has been published by Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Times Red Box, the Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, and other German outlets. She regularly works as a commentator for the BBC World Service, has appeared on German and British radio and television, and has written and contributed to papers, podcasts, and panel discussions at several British, German and US think tanks, including Chatham House, The UK in a Changing Europe and Körber Stiftung.

In 2018, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society for her contributions to historical scholarship. Since 2021, she has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for British Politics and Government at King’s College London.

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