Sophie Arts (@sopharts) is the senior program coordinator for security and defense policy (SDP) at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington, DC. Her research focuses on transatlantic security cooperation within and outside of NATO. Originally from Germany, she holds a master’s degree in American studies with a concentration in U.S. foreign policy and political communication from Humboldt University in Berlin, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and modern history from the University of Freiburg. Prior to joining GMF’s Washington office, Arts was a research assistant at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, where she produced President and CEO Fred Kempe’s Inflection Points. From 2015 to 2016 she was based in GMF’s Brussels Office, where she assisted with the organization of GMF’s flagship conference Brussels Forum. She has a background in political journalism, writing for Spiegel Online International, and producing news briefs for the European Commission as part of her work for the media-monitoring agency Kantar Media.