The People

Structure

Biographies

Board

Our Board members advise and steer the organisation,
notably through thematic Working Groups (WG).

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Hugo MEIJER

CNRS Research Fellow - Sciences Po, Center for International Studies (CERI).

WORKING GROUP

WG1 Conference (Chair)
WG2 Policy workshop
WG3 EuroSwamos 

RESEARCH THEMES

International Relations,
Foreign Policy Analysis,
Security Studies, 
Alliances.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Oxford University Press,
International Security, International Affairs, Journal of Strategic Studies, Survival (inter alia).

TREASURER

TBA

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WORKING GROUP

X

RESEARCH THEMES

X

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

X

SECRETARY-GENERAL

Silvia D’AMATO

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) - Leiden University.

WORKING GROUP

WG1 Conference
WG5 Publications

RESEARCH THEMES

Terrorism,
Political Violence and War,
Peace and Justice.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

European Security,
International Studies Review,
Critical Studies on Terrorism (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Fabrizio COTICCHIA

Associate Professor of Political Science - University of Genoa.

WORKING GROUP

WG1 Conference
WG2 Policy Workshop

RESEARCH THEMES

Foreign Policy Analysis,
Political parties,
Public opinion and military operations, Italian and European defence policy, Intelligence,
Development cooperation.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Edinburgh University Press, 
Pisa University Press, 
International Peacekeeping,
Foreign Policy Analysis (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Marco WYSS

FRHistS, FHEA. Reader in International History and Security at Lancaster University, Research Fellow at the University of the Free State.

WORKING GROUP

WG1 Conference
WG5 Publications (Chair)

RESEARCH THEMES

Cold War,
African and European defence, Neutrality.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Oxford University Press, Brill, 
Cooperation and Conflict, 
Journal of Cold War Studies (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Katarzyna ZYSK

Professor of International Relations and Contemporary History - Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS).

WORKING GROUP

WG2 Policy Workshop (Chair)
WG3 EuroSwamos 

RESEARCH THEMES

Russia,
Deterrence,
Escalation,
Military strategy.


PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Cambridge University Press,
Oxford University Press, 
Journal of Strategic Studies (inter alia). 

BOARD MEMBER

Flavia GASBARRI

Teaching Fellow in International History and co-Chair of the Africa Research Group - King's College London.

WORKING GROUP

WG1 Conference

RESEARCH THEMES

Cold War in the Third World,
Post-Cold War US foreign policy,
US-Africa relations,
Southern Africa,
Horn of Africa,
African Great Lakes region,
Rwandan genocide.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Cornell University Press,
Cold War History
The International History Review (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Mauro GILLI

Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security - Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.

WORKING GROUP

WG3 EuroSwamos 

RESEARCH THEMES

Security studies,
Military innovations,
Political economy of national security,
Asymmetric war.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

International Security,
Security Studies,
Social Science Quarterly (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Marina HENKE

Professor of International Relations - Hertie School in Berlin and Northwestern University in Chicago.

WORKING GROUP

WG3 EuroSwamos (Chair) 

RESEARCH THEMES

Intervention decision-making,
Nuclear security,
U.S. and European Grand Strategy.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

International Security,
Security Studies,
International Studies Quarterly,
Journal of Strategic Studies (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Stephanie HOFMANN

Professor and Joint Chair in International Relations - European University Institute.

WORKING GROUP

WG2 Policy Workshop
WG5 Publications

RESEARCH THEMES

International relations,
International organisations,
International and regional security,
Global ordering,
Political parties.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Journal of Common Market Studies, International Affairs, 
Journal of European Public Policy
(inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Nicolas BLAREL

Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of Studies at the Institute of Political Science.

WORKING GROUP

WG1 Conference
WG5 Publications

RESEARCH THEMES

Foreign Policy Analysis,
Politics of migration governance,
International politics of South Asia. 

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Oxford University Press,
Bristol University Press,
European Political Science,
European Journal of International Relations,
Foreign Policy Analysis (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Olivier SCHMITT

Director of Research and Studies - French Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN), on secondment from the Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark.

WORKING GROUP

WG2 Policy Workshop
WG4 Funding Opportunities (Chair)
WG5 Publications

RESEARCH THEMES

Multilateral military cooperation, Comparative defence policies,
Arms control,
Military transformation,
Strategic narratives,
Influence and propaganda,
Far-right ideologies.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Brookings Institution Press, 
Georgetown University Press, 
Presses de Sciences Po, 
Presses Universitaires de France, International Politics,
International Affairs (inter alia).

Support Team

At the heart of the organisation, our Support Team ensures the Initiative and its events run smoothly.

TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR

Arthur PB LAUDRAIN

Arthur is responsible for most of the online logistics of the organisation, from this website to the membership system, as well as the newsletter. He is a DPhil candidate in Cybersecurity at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College). Arthur has been with us since 2017.

EVENTS COORDINATOR

John NT HELFERICH

John is your first point of contact. He is in charge of our email communications, and ensures smooth coordination between chairs and panel members, among other things. He is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. John joined the Initiative in 2020.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Eugenio SANCHEZ

Eugenio has joined us recently to assist with the development of our communication strategy. He has completed his Masters at Sciences Po Paris.



















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