Lauren M. Speranza
Lauren Speranza is Director of the Transatlantic Defense and Security program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). She works with the US government and NATO ally and partner governments to inform transatlantic security policy. She founded and leads CEPA’s Defense Tech Initiative. Her expertise includes defense and deterrence in Europe, emerging defense technologies, Russian and Chinese hybrid threats, and NATO’s future. She has also written extensively on NATO-EU relations, as well as Nordic-Baltic, Black Sea, and Mediterranean security. She regularly provides briefings and analyses to senior officials, and her work has been featured in several media outlets, including the Washington Post, US News and World Report, BBC, Bloomberg, Defense One, Foreign Policy, Defense News, and Newsweek.
Prior to joining CEPA, Lauren was Deputy Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council, where she managed a robust portfolio of European security and defense programming, policy research, government engagement, and business development. In this capacity, she also played a leading role in managing NATO’s official public diplomacy efforts (“NATO Engages”) around the Alliance’s 70th anniversary and three major summits. Previously, Lauren worked with start-up Horizon Intelligence, the International Affairs Council in Raleigh, the US Consulate in Milan, the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum, and several North Carolina state political campaigns. She has also been a fellow with the Atlantik-Brücke program, the Hertog Foundation, and the NATO 2030 Global Fellowship Program. Lauren graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Elon University with a BA in Political Science and International Studies. She also earned an MA in International Security from the Brussels School of International Studies in Belgium, where she graduated as Valedictorian. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and speaks Italian.