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Axel Hellman

Policy Fellow

Axel Hellman is a Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network (ELN).

At the ELN, his work primarily centres on economic statecraft, U.S. foreign policy, and Russia-West relations.

Prior to joining the ELN, Axel worked in management consulting in Stockholm, Sweden, and as an external adviser to Oxford Analytica and a London-based political risk start-up. He has previously held positions at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), the Hudson Institute, and at Freedom House, where he supported the organisation’s work with congressional offices and external audiences.

Axel completed a Master’s Degree at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and holds a B.A. in International Relations from King’s College London’s Department of War Studies. He has also studied at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and MGIMO-University in Moscow. He is currently a member of Stockholm Free World Forum’s Foreign Policy Academy and a former Emerging Scholar Fellow at the Milton Wolf seminar at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

Axel speaks English, German, and Swedish, and his analysis and commentary on international affairs have appeared in venues such as The National Interest, RealClearDefense, and Svenska Dagbladet.

Follow Axel on Twitter @axhellman.

Content by Axel Hellman


Europe, Iran, and Economic Sovereignty: A New Banking Architecture in Response to US Sanctions

With the international nuclear agreement with Iran in peril following the U.S. withdrawal from it, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj and Axel Hellman present a vision of a new banking architecture that could be at the heart of a European package to protect Europe-Iran economic ties and help sustain the deal in spite of U.S. sanctions.

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