Governing Board


FOUNDING DIRECTOR. Hugo Meijer is CNRS Research Fellow at Sciences Po, Center for International Studies (CERI). 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). He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po in 2013 (cum laude). Recent and forthcoming publications: "Illusions of Autonomy: Why Europe Cannot Provide for Its Security if the United States Pulls Back," International Security, Vol. 45, No. 4 (Spring 2021), pp. 7–43, with Stephen G. Brooks, 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 SurvivalCooperation and Conflict, Journal of Strategic Studies, The European Journal of International Security and The Journal of Cold War Studies

Katarzyna ZYSK

BOARD MEMBER. Katarzyna Zysk is a Professor of International Relations and Contemporary History at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) in Oslo, which is part of the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC). At the IFS, she also serves as Deputy Director and Head of the Cetnre for Security Policy, and was Director of Research. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (Stanford University), at the Changing Character of War Centre (University of Oxford), at the Hoover Institution’s Arctic Security Initiative, and at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies (US Naval War College), where she also cooperated with the War Gaming Department. In 2016, she was Acting Dean of the NDUC, where she teaches regularly. Following her PhD on NATO enlargement (2006), her research has focused on security, defence and strategic studies, and she published in such journals SAIS Review of International Affairs, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Journal of Strategic Studies, Asia Policy, RUSI Journal, Politique Étrangère, International Relations, and Jane’s Navy International, War on the Rocks and others, including in books published by Cambridge and Oxford University Presses. 


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.

Silvia D’AMATO

BOARD MEMBER. Dr. Silvia D’Amato is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). She holds a Ph.D. (cum laude) in Political Science from the Scuola Normale Superiore. Prior to joining Leiden University, she was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute as well as Adjunct Professor for the James Madison University MA EUPS Programme in Florence. Her research interests include terrorism and counterterrorism, international politics, military interventions and comparative counterterrorism strategies. She is the author of the book Cultures of Counterterrorism: the French and Italian response to terrorism after 9/11, Routledge.

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. Fabrizio Coticchia is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Genoa. He has been Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. His research deals with contemporary warfare, strategic narratives, domestic actors and foreign policy, Italian and European defence policy, active learning and IR. He holds postgraduate courses on security studies, foreign policy analysis, comparative politics, and European politics. His articles have appeared - among others - on: Foreign Policy Analysis, Government & Opposition, International Relations, Politics, Mediterranean Politics, Armed Forces & Society, Acta Politica, European Security, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Italian Political Science Review, Defense Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
Among his books: Italian Military Operations Abroad: Just Don't Call it War, with P. Ignazi and G. Giacomello (Palgrave 2012); Adapt, Improvise, Overcome? The Transformation of Italian Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective, with F.N. Moro (Ashgate-Routledge 2015), Italian Foreign Policy during Matteo Renzi's Government. A Domestically Focused Outsider and the World, with J.W. Davidson (Lexington, 2019).


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).

Stephanie HOFMANN.

BOARD MEMBER. Stephanie Hofmann is Professor at the European University Institute, where she holds the Joint Chair in International Relations in the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. She is currently on leave from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Stephanie received her PhD from Cornell University. Her research revolves around issues in international/transatlantic/European security, international organizations and the interlinkages between global and regional understandings of order. Stephanie has published widely on these topics in journals such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Perspectives on Politics, International Affairs and European Journal of International Relations. She is the author of European Security in the Shadow of NATO (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Marco WYSS

BOARD MEMBER. Marco Wyss (FRHistS, FHEA), is the Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy and Reader in International History and Security at Lancaster University, a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, and an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. He is the editor of the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, and co-editor of Brill’s New Perspectives on the Cold War book series. He is the author of Un Suisse au service de la SS (Alphil-Presses universitaires suisses, 2010), 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 (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Europe and China in the Cold War (Brill, 2018).

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