Senior Fellow


Michael Werz

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Michael Werz is a senior fellow at American Progress, where his work has focused on the nexus of climate change, migration, and security and emerging democracies, especially Turkey, Mexico, and Brazil. He has been a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund where his work focused on transatlantic foreign policy and the European Union.

He has held appointments as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

Werz has published numerous articles and several books dealing with a wide range of scholarly and policy issues including race and ethnicity in the 20th century; Western social and intellectual history; minorities in Europe and the United States; ethnic conflicts, politics in Europe, and anti-Americanism.

He is a graduate of Frankfurt University’s Institute for Philosophy and was professor at Hannover University in Germany. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s BMW Center for German and European Studies.


Food Security and Climate Change: New Frontiers in International Security Report
Wheat stands ready for harvest in a field near Anthony, Kansas, June 21, 2015. (AP/Orlin Wagner)

Food Security and Climate Change: New Frontiers in International Security

Food security and climate change are already contributing to human suffering and eroding state structures. The United States should incorporate food and climate analysis fully into foreign and security policy to anticipate the next crisis.

Tom Daschle, Michael Werz

Turkey’s Right Rises Again Article
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP celebrate the election outcome in Istanbul on November 1, 2015. (AP/Hussein Malla)

Turkey’s Right Rises Again

President Erdoğan has won a major electoral victory. Now, he must decide whether to continue his strategy of confrontation or move to ease tensions in a polarized country.

Max Hoffman, Michael Werz

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