Lucas F. Hellemeier

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the John F. Kennedy Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

My research focuses on the political economy of security and defense. In my Ph.D. thesis, I analyze European missile acquisition under the conditions of US hegemony in the defense market. I published a short version of my MA thesis on European fighter aircraft procurement in Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy and co-authored a chapter on European arms exports to the Indo-Pacific for the Young Security Conference.

I have interned at the German Ministry of Defense, the parliamentary office of Thomas Hitschler (SPD, member of the Bundestag), and the German defense industry association (BDSV).

Fellowships and Awards

2023-2024: Research Fellow, Hertie School of Governance International Security Centre

2022-2023: Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow, University of Notre Dame International Security Center

2021: MA Thesis Award ‚Aquila Ascendens‘ (3rd Place), German Dialogue Forum on Security Policy

2020: Ph.D. Scholarship, Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2013-2019: Undergraduate & Graduate Studies Scholarship, Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)