Selina is an MSc student in Politics, Security and War at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm. She previously worked as a project assistant in the sub-Saharan Africa department of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Berlin and as a research assistant for an independent security expert in Brussels with a regional focus on the Sahel. Selina is passionate about matters of international security, particularly EU interventions in West Africa, Arctic security, the climate-security nexus, and the impact of counterinsurgency operations on human rights standards. She previously published with Saferworld and Just Security.
Selina holds a joint BSc degree in Public Governance Across Borders from the University of Twente and the University of Münster. In her dissertation, she analysed the different levels of state accountability for the use of UAVs in warfare.
Languages: German, English, French, Italian
The EU’s response to the Israel-Palestine crisis reveals stark coordination issues and internal divisions, undermining its credibility and influence in international affairs. It has exposed institutional tensions, personality-driven divides, and the challenges inherent in bringing unanimity among its 27 member states on foreign policy issues.
As the interlinkages between climate change and conflict are highly contextual, the pursuits for generalisations and one-size-fits-all approaches to climate security are doomed to fail.
The future of European interventions in the Sahel is uncertain, but the French withdrawal offers a gateway to restructure current efforts in the region, especially with new opportunities to redefine the EU as a security actor through stronger commitment for Task Force Takuba.