Since 2015, Karin von Hippel has been the director of the Royal United Services Institute, an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. She previously worked for an array of research organisations and transnational bodies including the United Nations, the European Union, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, which she helped lead. She was also a research fellow at Kings College Londons Centre for Defence Studies. Von Hippel was a senior adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism in the US Department of State, a Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL. She has written for a number of publications including Prospect, for which she co-wrote When misinformation reigns: the true scale of the fake news threat alongside Jonathan Eyal.