Acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Stefanie Babst


  • Last updated: 01 Dec. 2010 12:06

The Public Diplomacy Division covers all activities that contribute to promoting the Alliance’s image to a variety of audiences, establishing networks of relations with political, diplomatic, administrative, academic and media circles, and forming co-operative relations.

Stefanie Babst, Acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

Personal data: Dr. Stefanie Babst

Place of birth: Kiel, Germany

Current position:

NATO Acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy
Boulevard Leopold III
B-1110 Bruxelles
Telephone: 0032-2-707-4996/6974

Academic degrees:

  • M.A. in Political Science, International Law and Russian Studies, Christian-Albrechts-University/Kiel (December 1991)
  • Ph.D. ("Summa cum laude") in Political Science, Christian-Albrechts-University/Kiel and Harvard University, Cambridge (December 1993)
  • Member of the Board of the International Institute for Social Sciences, University of Jena, Honorary Board Member of "ZIFKRAS";
  • Member of WIIS (Women in International Security Studies).

Fellowships and Research Stays Abroad:

  • Fellowships: Pennsylvania State University, Fulbright-Commission, Michael-Freund-Foundation, Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation (Ph.D.), Harvard University (Russian Research Center)
  • Guest lecturer: at Claremont McKenna College/California, National Defense University/Washington, U.S. Naval Academy/Annapolis, Military Academy/-Brno/Czech Republic, Military Academy/Kiev/Ukraine and Armed Forces Staff College/Norfolk; Kososo Assembly (Prishtina), Bosnian School for Politics (Sarajevo) and others.
  • Delegate of OSCE election monitoring mission: Moscow (1995), Rostov (1996).

Professional experience:

4/1991-12/1992: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science/Christian-Albrechts-University/Kiel;
1/1993-8/1998: Lecturer of Russian and East European Studies at the Federal Armed Forces Command & General Staff College­/­Hamburg;
9/1998 -9/2001 German Information Officer, Office of Information & Press, International Staff, NATO/Brussels
10/2001-5/2006 Head, NATO Countries, NATO Public Diplomacy Division/ Brussels
since May 2006 NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO Public Diplomacy Division/ Brussels
current NATO Acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO Public Diplomacy Division/ Brussels


  • Following the NATO Summit in Riga/Lavia in 2004, the Latvian President awarded Dr. Babst with the l’ Ordre de Chevalier in recognition of her dedicated work for the Summit.
  • Dr. Babst also was awarded with the respective l’Ordre de Chevalier of the Former Republic of Macedonia as well as the Republic of Montenegro.
  • Dr. Babst also recently received the Danish Defence Minister`s 2010 Communication Price for the Public Diplomacy Division.

Publications: Numerous articles on international security policy and aspects of the Russian transformation process.