Lea Austerschmidt is a Master of International Affairs candidate at the Hertie School of Governance, concentrating in International Security. During these current times of war in Ukraine, German energy dependence on Russia, high inflation and the connection between international politics and security with climate and energy politics has never been so visible. Meanwhile the pandemic seems to be being forgotten. This connection mirrors her areas of interest from a German, European Union, and Western perspective. She has a background in Political and Communication Science.