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Governing Board


FOUNDING DIRECTOR. Hugo Meijer is CNRS Research Fellow at Sciences Po, Center for International Studies (CERI). He is also the Founding Director of the European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS), a network of scholars from over eighty universities that share the goal of consolidating security studies in Europe. Previously, he was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI, Florence), Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London and a Researcher at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM, Paris). His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, foreign policy analysis and security studies. In particular, he is currently working on two research projects: the reconfiguration of American hegemony through the prism of the US-led regional alliance systems in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific since the end of World War II; and on European foreign and security policies in the face of a rising China in the post-Cold War period. Recent and forthcoming publications: Awakening to China’s Rise. Europe's Foreign and Security Policies toward the People's Republic of China (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-edited with Marco Wyss; La politique étrangère: approches disciplinaires [Foreign Policy: Disciplinary Approaches], (Montreal University Press, 2018), co-edited with Christian Lequesne; Trading with the Enemy: The Making of US Export Control Policy toward the People’s Republic of China (Oxford University Press, 2016); Origins and Evolution of the US Rebalance toward Asia: Diplomatic, Military, and Economic Dimensions (ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has also published in such journals as Cooperation and Conflict, Journal of Strategic Studies, European Journal of International Security and the Journal of Cold War Studies


BOARD MEMBER. Isabelle Duyvesteyn is Professor of International Studies/Global History at the Institute of History at Leiden University. She completed her PhD at the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. Previously she has worked at the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations and the Department of History of International Relations at Utrecht University. Between 2012 and 2017 she held the special chair in Strategic Studies at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. She is a member of the Netherlands Advisory Council for International Affairs which advises the Netherlands government on issues of peace and security, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Defence Academy and a member of several book and journal editorial boards, notably the Journal of Strategic Studies and Small Wars and Insurgencies.


BOARD MEMBER. Flavia Gasbarri holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, where she is Teaching Fellow in International History and co-Chair of the KCL Africa Research Group. In April-September 2012 she was Junior Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Her research interests and publications focus on the history of the Cold War in the Third World, US-Africa relations and post-Cold War US foreign policy. She has also researched and published on US policy in the Rwandan genocide and in the Great Lakes region.


BOARD MEMBER. Mauro Gilli is a Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security at the Center for Security Studies of ETH-Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich). He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Turin, an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University. In 2015-2016, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding of Dartmouth College. His research has been published or is forthcoming in International Security and Security Studies.

Marina HENKE

BOARD MEMBER. Marina Henke is Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School in Berlin and Northwestern University in Chicago. She researches and publishes on military interventions, peacekeeping, and European security and defense policy. Marina has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on these topics such as International Security, Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly and Conflict Management and Peace Science. She is also the author of “Constructing Allied Cooperation: Diplomacy, Payments, and Power in Multilateral Coalitions” (Cornell University Press, 2019). Marina holds a PhD in Politics and Public Policy from Princeton University, a Double-MS in Development Studies and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics, Politics and Latin American Studies from Sciences Po Paris.

Beatrice HEUSER

BOARD MEMBER. Beatrice Heuser holds the Chair in International Relations at the University of Glasgow. She was previously at the Dept. of War Studies, King’s College London, then the University of Reading; she has also taught at French and German universities (most recently Sciences Po Paris). In 1997-1998 she worked at NATO HQ in Brussels. She holds degrees from the Universities of London (BA, MA), Oxford (DPhil), Marburg (Habilitation). Her publications include The Evolution of Strategy (2010), Reading Clausewitz (2002), Strategy before Clausewitz (2017), with Eitan Shamir (eds), Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures (2017) and many works on nuclear strategy, NATO, Transatlantic Relations.

Ulrich KROTZ

BOARD MEMBER.Ulrich Krotz is Professor at the European University Institute, where he holds the Chair in International Relations in the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, and founding director of the EUI’s programme on Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, has taught at Oxford University and Brown University, and held research positions at Princeton University, the EUI, and Harvard University. He is the author of Shaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysée Treaty to Twenty-First Century Politics (with Joachim Schild) (Oxford, hardback 2013, paperback 2015); History and Foreign Policy in France and Germany (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); and Flying Tiger: International Relations Theory and the Politics of Advanced Weapons (Oxford, 2011). His articles have appeared in journals such as World Politics, International Security, International Affairs, the European Journal of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, West European Politics, the Journal of European Public Policy, and the Journal of Common Market Studies.


BOARD MEMBER. Alice Pannier is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. She is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Security Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations, IFRI. She is also a member of the strategy committee of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) Paris. Prior to joining SAIS, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at the French Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM). Her work has appeared, inter alia, in International Affairs, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Global Affairs, and European Security. She is currently preparing a book on French defense policy since the end of the Cold War (co-authored with Olivier Schmitt), and a manuscript based on contemporary Franco-British defense relations. Alice holds a Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris with joint supervision from King’s College London.


BOARD MEMBER. Olivier Schmitt is an associate professor at the Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark. His work focuses on transatlantic security, multinational security cooperation, and military change. He currently directs the research project “Transforming Armed Forces in the 21st Century” supported by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Danish Research Council. His recent publications include Allies that Count, Junior Partners in Coalition Warfare (Georgetown University Press, 2018) and Raymond Aron and International Relations (Routledge, 2018).


BOARD MEMBER. Luis Simón is research professor at the Institute for European Studies and director of the Brussels office of the Elcano Royal Institute. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI, London) and the Baltic Defence College, and a member of the editorial board of Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly. Luis is a frequent lecturer on geopolitical and strategic affairs at several universities and defence colleges, and his research has appeared in prestigious journals, such as Security Studies, International Affairs, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Geopolitics, Survival, Orbis, The RUSI Journal, Comparative Strategy, Parameters or The International Spectator. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of London, and a Masters degree from the Institute d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

Marco WYSS

BOARD MEMBER. Marco Wyss, FRHistS, FHEA, is the Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy and Lecturer in the International History of the Cold War at Lancaster University, a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, editor of the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, and co-editor of Brill’s ‘New Perspectives on the Cold War’ book series. Among many other publications, he is the author of Arms Transfers, Neutrality and Britain’s Role in the Cold War (Brill, 2013), and co-editor of Peacekeeping in Africa (Routledge, 2014), Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War (Routledge, 2016), and The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces (co-edited with Hugo Meijer, OUP, 2018).

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