Saskia Brechenmacher is a Fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, where her research focuses on gender, civil society, and democratic governance.
She has advised governmental and private funders on strategies to defend civic space in countries experiencing democratic backsliding. Her writing has been published in the National Interest, the Hill, New America Weekly, Open Democracy, and elsewhere.
Brechenmacher is a graduate of Carnegie’s James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program and a 2017 Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader. She also gained experience at the World Peace Foundation in Boston, Carnegie Europe in Brussels, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in London. She received her BA in political science from Brown University and a MALD degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She was born in Germany and has previously lived in France and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Updated in May 2020
More from Saskia Brechenmacher
Senior Fellow Saskia Brechenmacher's Foreign Policy Article: "Representation Isn't Enough"
Senior Fellow Saskia Brechenmacher's co-authored article "Representation Isn’t Enough" was recently published on the Foreign Policy website. The article highlights that the increased representation of women in politics is not indicative of their increased political power.
How the Coronavirus Risks Exacerbating Women’s Political Exclusion
Senior Fellow Saskia Brechenmacher writes about how the coronavirus pandemic threatens female political inclusion, and what we can do to prevent this.
On Women’s Political Empowerment
In her latest piece for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Senior Fellow Saskia Brechenmacher reports on how existing institutions and systems have to change in order to achieve gender equality.
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship 2020/21. From August 3 to September 28, 2020 members of the Admissions Committee read over 260 applications and interviewed more than 90 finalists.
Why Are Governments Weakening Protections Against Domestic Violence?
In her latest piece for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Senior Fellow Saskia Brechenmacher analyzes how governments are weakening protections against domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Civil Society and the Coronavirus: Dynamism Despite Disruption
In her latest piece for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Senior Fellow Saskia Brechenmacher explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced civil society organizations to act creatively to bolster local responses.
How Will The Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally?
Senior Fellow Saskia Brechenmacher writes about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on democracy and governance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Humanity in Action announces the participants of its Forum on Right-Wing Movements
Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the participants in its Forum "Populism, Nationalism and Right-Wing Movements on the Rise – Societies in Transition," which will take place in Berlin in March 2020!
Thank you to our 2015 US Review and Admissions Committees
Humanity in Action received 689 applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year and 421 applications for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.
Thank you to our 2017 US Review and Admissions Committees