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.


Freedom of the Press and Expression in Turkey Report
A montage of nine Turkish newspaper front pages are seen in Istanbul, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Freedom of the Press and Expression in Turkey

Press freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey have been threatened, but the United States has a vested interest in ensuring that Turkey protects its vibrant political discourse.

Max Hoffman, Michael Werz

Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in South Asia Report
In areas of existing conflict in South Asia, added stressors of climate change and changing migration patterns could be a security concern. (AP/Anupam Nath)

Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in South Asia

Analyzing South Asia through the prism of climate, migration, and security in Assam and the surrounding region provides useful insights into the underlying trends shaping the entire region and the risks posed by current long-term trajectories.

Arpita Bhattacharyya, Michael Werz

Syria Goes from Bad to Worse Article
Syrian boys play in the rubble of house that was destroyed during a military operation by the Syrian pro-Assad army in the town of Taftanaz, east of Idleb, Syria. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Syria Goes from Bad to Worse

Russia and China have nothing to gain from opposing a new U.N. Security Council resolution to stop the ever-increasing violence, write Michael Werz and Ken Sofer.

Michael Werz, Ken Sofer

Mexico’s Hidden Success Story Article
Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto looks the likely winner of Sunday's presidential elections in Mexico.<br /> (AP/ Dario Lopez-Mills)

Mexico’s Hidden Success Story

The United States needs to look at its southern neighbor in a different light given its economic strides and expanding middle class, writes Michael Werz.

Michael Werz

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