Born in 1962, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (often known simply by her initials "AKK") started her political career in 1981, subsequently holding numerous positions in her native Saarland and serving as its first female Minister President from 2011 to 2018. She became CDU Secretary General in 2018 before assuming her current positions as party chair later that year and as Germany's defence minister in July of 2019. Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer studied at the universities of Trier and Saarbrücken and graduated with an M.A. in political science and public law.
Eric Neumayer is LSE's Pro-Director (PVC) Faculty Development and Professor of Environment and Development in the Department of Geography and the Environment.
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