Erwan Lagadec

Lecturer in European Studies

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • D.Phil., History, Oxford University (Trinity College)
  • MA, History, University Paris-1 Sorbonne


Achim Ladwig is a European Union Fellow at The Fletcher School. Currently, he is a speechwriter for the Vice-President of the European Commission in Brussels and is responsible for press and communication matters. He also is a regular guest lecturer, mainly on post-graduate European Studies and European Development Policy, at the University of Aachen, Germany. He has taught at the former Brussels branch of Boston University and in Bulgaria. His professional career began at the policy department of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Research in Germany. Since 2000, he has been a staff member of the European Commission, posted both in Brussels and outside Europe. He dealt extensively with the EU’s relation with countries in the Horn of Africa, and served at EU Embassies in Khartoum (Sudan), Baghdad (Iraq), and Freetown (Sierra Leone) and was responsible for political affairs, as well as development cooperation. In 2009-2010, he was the EU’s Chargé d’affaires in Baghdad. During his assignments abroad, he worked closely with a number of U.S. government institutions, including the Department of State, Department of Defense, and USAID. He graduated with an M.A. degree in both Sociology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Aachen.

Professional Activities
  • Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
  • Professorial Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Tulane University
  • Reserve Officer, specialized in policy planning, French Navy
  • Affiliate, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Interests
  • European Union diplomacy
  • European politics
  • Transatlantic security
  • Disaster response in complex environments

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The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave
Medford, MA, 02155