This research network has over 50 researchers from 25 academic institutions in Europe and beyond. Some of them are listed below:

Dr. Cornelia Baciu

Postdoctoral Fellow (Johns Hopkins University)


Dr. Cornelia Baciu is Postdoctoral Fellow  at the Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. Her current research focuses on IOs adaptation (NATO, EU), conflict studies, grand strategy, civil-military relations, comparative European security policy, transatlantic relations. She obtained her PhD (Political Science and IR) from Dublin City University and was Yerun Visiting Fellow at the Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark. She studied Political Science and European Studies in Germany, India and Romania and was research fellow at the Terrorism Prevention Branch, United Nations. She was awarded with the BISA Teaching Prize in International Studies, LSRS Prize for Best Romanian Student in Europe and the VEUK Prize for the best MA thesis at the University of Konstanz. Dr. Baciu is a member of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and ReconstructionDCU Brexit Institute and  Association pour les Études sur la guerre et la stratégie  (AEGES). Personal website at this link.


Twitter: @CorneliaABaciu.

Dr. Delphine Deschaux-Dutard

Associate Professor in Political Sciences (University of Grenoble)


Dr. Delphine Deschaux-Dutard is an associate professor in political science at the University Grenoble Alpes (France). She holds a PhD from Sciences Po Grenoble (2008) dedicated to the role of French and German diplomatic and military actors in European Defence Policy and more precisely in CSDP since the 1990’s. She spent two research stays in the Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut des Bundeswehr and at the Centre March Bloch in 2006 and 2007. Her current research interests focus on CSDP, French-German military cooperation, parliamentary control of the use of military force in France and Germany, and lately cybersecurity and cyber defence in the EU. She teaches international relations and political science in Grenoble and Paris (ILERI, Ecole de Guerre), and is supervisor of an online master program on International Security and Defence. Her latest publications deal with methods in the study of the military, NATO and CSDP military operations, emerging powers, cybersecurity strategy of the EU and international security.


Dr. Antonio Calcara

Adjunct Professor (Vesalius College, Brussels) & Postdoc Fellow (LUISS Guido Carli, Rome)


Dr. Antonio Calcara is Adjunct Professor at the Vesalius College in Brussels. He is also a PhD Candidate at the LUISS “Guido Carli”- Department of Political Science. He is currently working on his dissertation on armaments cooperation programmes at the European level, with a specific focus on how different configurations of state– defence industry relations in France, Germany, Italy and the UK impact on the choice to cooperate or not cooperate in multinational defence procurement projects. His research interests are in the field of International Relations and Security Studies, with a particular attention to security and defence issues at the European level.


Twitter: @AntonioCalcara.

Dr. Raluca Csernatoni

Guest Professor (Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussels) 


Dr. Raluca Csernatoni is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer with the Institute of Political Studies (IPS) and the Department of International Relations at Charles University in Prague. She is joining the Institute for European Studies (IES) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) as a guest professor for the EuroMaster postgraduate MSc programme and the European Security and Counter-Terrorism course. Raluca has conducted research in Brussels at the Royal Higher Institute for Defence (RHID) and its Centre for Security and Defence Studies, and at the International Security Information Service – Europe. She completed both her master and doctoral studies with the Department of International Relations at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. During her doctoral studies, she also received the Study Programme on European Security (SPES) research fellowship at the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. Her research interests focus on the European security and defence architecture and governance, critical theoretical approaches to security and technology, and emerging technologies such as dual-use drones and artificial intelligence (AI).


Twitter: @RCsernatoni.

Dr. Chantal Lavallée

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussels)


Chantal Lavallée is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (2017-2019) at the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research project “The European Commission in Drone Community: a New Cooperation Area in the Making” (EU-Drones) examines how the European Union tackles drone-related issues. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is an associate researcher with the Jean Monnet Centre Montréal and the French think tank OSINTPOL. She conducted postdoctoral research at the European University Institute (EUI, Florence) and the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM, Paris). She was a visiting fellow at the University of Dundee and Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi (Istanbul), and taught seminars and classes at various Canadian and European universities. Her research and publications focus on the contribution of the European Commission to the security sector.



Dr. Hugo Meijer

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (European Union Institute, Florence)


Hugo Meijer is Marie Skłodowska–Curie Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). He is also the Director of the European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS), a network of over eighty universities that share the goal of consolidating security studies in Europe. Previously, he was Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London (2013-2016) and a Researcher at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM, Paris, 2016-2017) . Dr. Meijer was also a research associate at Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies (CERI, Paris, 2013-2016), a Senior Common Room Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University (2014-2015) and a visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University (2010). He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po in 2013 (cum laude), completed his M.A. in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies (Washington DC/Bologna) and his B.A. in political economy at the LUISS (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali) Guido Carli in Rome.


Dr. Dominika Kunertova

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Centre of War Studies, University of Southern Denmark)


Dr. Kunertova is a postdoctoral researcher in defense studies and drone warfare at the Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark, where she leads a project on the trends in military UAVs on the European defense market. Her previous work experience includes strategic foresight at NATO ACT in Norfolk, Virginia, and capability development and burden-sharing at NATO HQ in Brussels. Dr. Kunertova received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal in Canada with specialization in International Relations, Security Studies, and Canadian Politics. She further researches transatlantic security and defense cooperation and NATO-EU relations. She has published in the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, European Security, and Military Review.


Dr. Jack Thompson

Head of the Global Security Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) (ETH Zurich)

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Dr. Jack Thompson is Head of the Global Security Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich. He received his PhD in history from the University of Cambridge, his MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS (Washington DC and Bologna) and his BA in international Studies and German from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the CSS, he was Lecturer at the Clinton Institute, University College Dublin. His research focuses on transatlantic relations, great power competition, and European security. He is the author of Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Twitter: @JackThompson_8 .

Dr. Iulian Romanyshyn

Adjunct Lecturer  (New York University)

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Dr. Iulian Romanyshyn is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Graduate School of Arts & Science’s Program in International Relations, New York University, USA. He holds a PhD in political science from the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. In his doctoral research, Iulian studied EU effectiveness in multilateral security negotiations in the areas of arms trade and nuclear non-proliferation. His broader research interests include the EU’s relations with NATO, Eastern neighbors and Russia. His research has been published among others in the Journal of Common Market Studies, International Journal, Journal of European Integration, and European Foreign Affairs Review. Iulian‘s research has been acknowledged with the 2018 Global Strategy PhD Prize awarded by the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations and the European Security and Defence College.


Dr. Klaus Kotzé

Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Cape Town)

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Dr. Klaus Kotzé is A. W. Mellon-UCT Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Rhetoric Studies, Law Faculty, University of Cape Town, South Africa. His current research examines deliberative democracy in South Africa and the global political interregnum, BRICS and national strategies.

He is a regular contributor to Modern Diplomacy and Geopolitical Monitor.


Dr. Brad Nelson

Adjunct Professor (Saint Xavier University)


Dr. Brad Nelson is President and co-founder of Center for World Conflict and Peace (CWCP), an independent, non-partisan think tank that focuses on international politics and security, and an adjunct professor of political science at Saint Xavier University. He received a PhD in political science from The Ohio State University (2008), with specializations in international security and foreign policy studies. Dr. Nelson’s work has been published by The National Interest, Global Asia, E-IR, The Wall Street Journal, The Diplomat, Global Risk Insights, and Strategic Review, among other places. Additionally, he writes for and manages a blog for CWCP. Dr. Nelson’s research interests include American foreign policy, great power politics, order in international relations, and political conflict and violence. His latest work has explored the impact of Donald Trump’s foreign policy on global politics.


Twitter: @BNNelson74.

Caitríona Heinl

Senior Executive Strategist (EXEDEC International)

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Caitríona Heinl is Senior Executive Strategist and Lead Strategist for Asia Pacific at EXEDEC and an international researcher with over ten years experience in think tank and academic environments. She is an expert in international cyber policy and the implications of other emerging technology security challenges such as AI and autonomous weapons systems for state behaviour and international stability.  Caitríona was a Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security at NTU Singapore, where she provided policy analysis to the National Security Coordination Secretariat within the Prime Minister’s Office and other government agencies. She also led the Justice and Home Affairs policy group and Justice Steering Committee at the Irish Institute of International and European Affairs. She is a member of the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Policy Network, and previously held research fellowships with the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre, Canberra and Leiden University Institute of Security and Global Affairs. She currently sits on the organising committee of the annual MIT international conference on cyber norms. Caitríona holds an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University. She graduated in commerce and law (BBLS) at University College Dublin and the University of Innsbruck Austria. She published numerous journal articles, working papers and policy reports.



Raphael Oidtmann

Lecturer in International Law (University of Mannheim)

Raphael Oidtmann currently serves as a research fellow and lecturer in international law at the Department of Law at the University of Mannheim. His current research focusses on the actorness of international courts and tribunals, the securitization of global health as well as notions of implementing and maintaining (international criminal) jurisdiction in areas of limited statehood (such as the High Seas, the Arctic or Antarctica). He holds master’s degrees in politics (MA 2012; Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), international and comparative law (MCL 2014; University of Mannheim/University of Adelaide) and international relations (MSt 2017; University of Cambridge). He is an alumnus of the Hague Academy of International Law (2012) and currently an external PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Science at Goethe University Frankfurt (supervised by Professor Nicole Deitelhoff). In addition therewith, he is an associated fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (‘Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung’).


Twitter: @raphaelmz86.

Dr. Theresa Cierco Gomes

Assistant Professor (Department of History, Political and International Relations, University of Porto)


Professor of International Relations in the University of Porto (Portugal) and Senior Researcher in the Portuguese Institut of International Relations.

Research interests: democratization processes in the Western Balkan countries, Relations EU-Western Balkans, migration, refugees, international security

Author of several publications in leading journals.


Donatas Palavenis

Donatas Palavenis is PhD Candidate at the Institute of Political Science at General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy in Lithuania. Prior to joining PhD studies he obtained an MA in Political Science at Military Academy and an MA in Public Administration (Audit) at Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania. His current research activities focus on Defence Industry of Small NATO/EU Countries, Defence Spending, Defence Economics, EU Common Security and Defence Policy, Lithuanian Defence Policy and Security Studies.

In parallel to his scientific life Donatas Palavenis is an active army officer with more than 20 years of service experience including 3 combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, and two assignments in NATO Headquarters.


Dr. Ramses A. Wessel

Professor of International and European Law & Governance (Centre for European Studies, University of Twente)

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Ramses Wessel is a specialist in international and EU law and governance with a focus on the EU as a global actor and international organizations. He has published widely on EU external relations and legal aspects of global governance, and on the EU’s Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy. For many years Ramses Wessel has been the editor of the Dutch journal on peace & security and he currently is the Editor of the International Organizations Law Review and of European Papers. He is also a member of the editorial board of Europe and the World: A Law Review. Ramses Wessel chairs the Standing Advisory Committee on Issues of International Law of the Dutch government and coordinates the Interest Group The EU as a Global Actor of the European Society of International Law.


Twitter: @RamsesWessel.

Dr. Benjamin Zyla

Associate Professor (Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Konstanz & School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa)


I am Associate Professor in the School of International Development & Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, co-organizer of the Fragile States Network (FSRN) at the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), as well as  Senior Fellow at the Austrian Institute for Europe and Security Policy (AIES) and Senior Researcher with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS).  I am the winner of  the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Young Researcher Award (2017), and from 2017-19 on research leave as Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Konstanz in Germany where I am currently writing a monograph comparing the whole-of-government approaches of NATO member states. Prior to coming to Ottawa, Benjamin held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) post-doctoral fellowship at Queen’s University (Canada) and was a visiting fellow at the Europe Centre at Stanford University (USA). More information at


Filiz Dogan

PhD Candidate (University of Leiden)


Filiz Dogan is PhD Candidate at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University.  Prior to joining the University of Leiden, she obtained an MA in EU Politics and International Relations from the Marmara University. Her current research activities focus on EU Common Security and Defence Policy, EU External Relations, Comparative European Politics, EU Citizenship Policies, International Relations Theory, British and German Defence Policies, Terrorism, and Security Studies.


Twitter: @frannygl.

Lucas F. Hellemeier

From October: PhD Student (Freie Universität Berlin)


Lucas F. Hellemeier is starting his Ph.D. research at Freie Universität Berlin’s John F. Kennedy Institute (JFKI) in October 2020. His research interests include defence economics, arms trade, and hegemonic strategy.
His dissertation will be on arms exports, defence globalization, and U.S. hegemonic strategy, under the supervision of Professor Lora Anne Viola. Lucas was recently a Visiting Student Researcher at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA). At NPSIA he was hosted by Professor Philippe Lagassé who also supervised his MA thesis on fighter aircraft procurement decisions in the transatlantic context.
Lucas holds an MA in North American Studies from the JFKI and a BA in Political Science from the University of Technology Dresden. Furthermore, he is a member of the Network of European Peace Scientists and a former scholarship holder at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Twitter: @LHellemeier

Adérito R. Vicente

PhD Candidate (European Union Institute, Florence)


Adérito R. Vicente is a PhD researcher in Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) at the European University Institute (EUI). His research interests include nuclear disarmament and strategy, European foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations and U.S. foreign policy.

He is working on a dissertation about EU’s nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation policies, under the supervision of Professor Ulrich Krotz.  Adérito was recently a Visiting Scholar at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Prior to coming to EUI, he held professional and research positions at the European Parliament, NATO, Lisbon University Institute, Portuguese Presidency of Council of Ministers, and also at the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Furthermore, he has diplomatic experience in the European External Action Service as a political officer.


Twitter: @aderitus.

Dr. Thomas Withington

(Independent Researcher and Defence Analyst, PhD)


​I have two decades of experience as a defence analyst and writer specialising in air power, electronic warfare, radar and military communications. I have written for a wide array of general and specialist publications on these issues, and also worked as a consultant for an array of public and private sector organisations to this end. Moreover, I am a regular commentator on contemporary and historical defence and security issues for a number of media organisations around the world.


Twitter: @ChainHomeHigh.