The Initiative

The European Initiative for Security Studies is a Europe-wide multidisciplinary network of scholars that share the goal of consolidating security studies in Europe. Specifically, the aims of the EISS are two-fold:

Creating a Network

To develop and sustain a Europe-wide network in the field of security studies. This gives visibility to the range of individual and collective research projects that are currently underway in Europe.

Creating a Platform

To establish a forum for the exchange of ideas in order to foster new joint research projects and develop international research partnerships.


Economics, history, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, strategic studies and most social sciences

Geographically diverse

A Europe-wide network of scholars that share the goal of consolidating security studies

Practitioners welcomed

Members of the armed forces, of diplomatic services, as well as national
and international civil servants

What makes us unique

The EISS has three main characteristics: it is (1) thematically-driven and open to all theoretical approaches, (2) multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, and (3) geographically inclusive.

Firstly, the EISS is not limited to one specific theoretical approach to security studies, but instead seeks to be inclusive. This is reflected, for instance, in the EISS Conference’s panels, which cover a large range of themes in the broad field of security studies. The EISS welcomes contributions on both so-called ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ security issues.

Secondly, the EISS is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in that it gathers, among others, historians, political scientists, economists, geographers, anthropologists and sociologists sharing an interest in developing security studies in Europe.

Finally, the EISS seeks to be as inclusive as possible from a geographical perspective. The EISS welcomes projects focusing on any region of the world. We welcome scholars from all of Europe, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western.

It aims to establish a European network of scholars and institutions working on a broad range of themes and geographical areas in the field of security studies. By doing so, its ambition is to help overcoming the existing fragmentation in European security studies, and thereby to foster and consolidate a European field of security studies.

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