Tyson Barker is Program Director and Fellow at the Aspen Institute Germany responsible for the Institute’s digital and transatlantic programs. Barker comes to Aspen from the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) where he worked on transatlantic cyber security policy. Prior to that, he served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department in Washington, D.C. from 2014 to 2015. Prior to joining State, he worked for 6 years at the Bertelsmann Foundation, most recently as the Director for Trans-Atlantic Relations where his portfolio included the European-American economic relationship, US-EU cooperation, the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI) and tracking rising political leaders in the US and Europe. He has written for numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, the Atlantic, National Interest and Spiegel.
Barker was a Fulbright scholar in Austria; a Truman National Security Project Fellow; a recipient of the Taiwan Cultural Exchange Fellowship; a Starr Foundation grant to conduct research on Sino-European relations. Barker has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In addition to his native English, he speaks fluent German and Spanish.