Tyson Barker is a Senior Research Fellow at the Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit (BIGS), a German security think tank affiliated with the University of Potsdam. His current research focuses on the development of global cyber insurance markets and cyber risk mitigation strategies, particularly for industrial control systems, European cloud computing adoption, digital sovereignty and the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield. In 2015-16, he served as the rapporteur for the Atlantic Council Task Force on the Transatlantic Digital Economy.
In 2014-5, 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. In this role, he managed planning and strategy, speech writing and Congressional relations for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR). 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 T-TIP, U.S.-EU cooperation, cybersecurity, economics and U.S.-German security cooperation. 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; and was named one of the top 99 foreign policy professionals under 33 by Diplomatic Courier Magazine in 2011. 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.