European Summer Workshop on the
Analysis of Military Operation and Strategy

The European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS) is delighted to announce the first edition of the European Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operation and Strategy (Euro-SWAMOS), organised by the Hertie Centre for International Security and supported by the European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS). Euro-SWAMOS is funded by the Weise-Stiftung, a private German foundation. 

The first Euro-SWAMOS will take place from 11 - 16 July 2022 at the Hertie Centre for International Security. 20 fully-funded participants will be admitted into the programme.
Application deadline was 31 March 2022.

Directing the program are Mauro Gilli (ETH-Zurich), Marina Henke (Hertie School), and Hugo Meijer (Sciences Po). 


Applicants should be recent Ph.D. graduates (i.e., five years from the award of the degree) or Ph.D. students based in Europe with a general background in Security Studies (such as International Relations courses) but who do not yet possess specialized expertise in defence and security matters. Alumni of SWAMOS should not apply.

Admitted applicants must complete advance reading assignments and devote their full attention to the workshop during its week term.

The program will admit 20 fully-funded participants (who will receive a €1000 stipend to cover travel and accommodation).

Applications needed to be submitted by 31 March 2022.

Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Mauro Gilli, Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security, ETH Zurich

Anita Gohdes, Professor of International and Cyber Security, Hertie School

Marina Henke, Professor of International Relations, Hertie School

Austin Long, Vice Deputy Director for Strategic Stability in the Joint Staff J5, US Department of Defense

Hugo Meijer, CNRS Research Fellow, Center for International Studies, Sciences Po

Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Nina Silove, Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich

Julian Wucherpfennig, Professor of International Affairs and Security, Hertie School


Euro-SWAMOS shares the same ambition, goals and approach as the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) organised by the Saltzman Institute at Columbia University: it aims to introduce PhD students and young scholars to terminology, concepts, analytical techniques, and illustrative cases relevant to the analysis of defence and security policies. Across Europe, very few universities provide students with the opportunity to acquire thorough and wide-ranging knowledge in the field of Security Studies. Such a dearth of opportunities clashes with need for scholars and professionals with advanced understanding of security issues and dynamics within Europe, academia and policy circles. Similar to SWAMOS, Euro-SWAMOS pursues a secondary goal of fostering a network of academics and practitioners to spread informed judgment on defence and security issues within the civilian community.

Topics considered in both historical and contemporary perspective include:

  • Utility and limitations of force as an instrument of policy
  • Conventional air, land and naval warfare
  • Conventional weapons and emerging technologies
  • Military interventions and asymmetric warfare
  • Approaches to evaluating tactics, operational plans, strategies and grand strategies
  • Defence budgeting and program evaluation
  • Chinese and Russian defence postures

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