From 2009-2011, Lehne served as director general for political affairs at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs. Prior to that position, from 2002-2008, he served the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union as director for the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.
Previously, he was head of the Task Force for the Western Balkans and Central Europe. He has held a number of other appointments in the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and was a researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Politics.
Lehne’s work on issues of European foreign and security policy has been widely published in a number of academic journals, including
Austrian Journal of Political Science, and
Europa Archiv. In addition, he authored a number of monographs on the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Lehne holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School on Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of Vienna.