European Initiative on Security Studies 2017 (archive)

The European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS) is a Europe-wide cluster of over sixty universities that share the goal of consolidating security studies in Europe.

The first two-day conference of the EISS, to become an annual conference, will be held in Paris on January 13-14, 2017, at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2). The aim of the EISS is two-fold: first, to establish a Europe-wide network on security studies, with an annual conference and permanent thematic standing groups; and second, to develop future research projects and funding applications among European scholars and academic institutions working in the field of security studies. The EISS is thematically-driven, open to all theoretical approaches and interdisciplinary. The permanent standing groups, and their panels at the annual conference, gather scholars to discuss their current or future research projects. The EISS encourages research that originates from a range of different theoretical perspectives and/or applies interdisciplinary approaches (political science, history, sociology, etc.). Each partner institution participates in the EISS with one/two scholars and covers the accommodation and travel expenses to Paris of its one/two scholars attending this event.

The 2017 EISS annual conference & its host institution

The Academic Director of the EISS is Dr. Hugo Meijer, Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) / European University Institute (EUI) ( The EISS annual conference is organized by the Association for the Study of War and Strategy (AEGES). Its first annual (two-days) conference took place on January 13-14, 2017, at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), in collaboration with the Center Thucydides and the Center for Studies and Research on Administrative and Political Science (CERSA) of Paris 2.

Contact Information for the EISS 2017 Conference:

The summary of the 2017 edition of the Conference, published (in French) in the Annuaire français des relations internationales is available for download here

The summary of the 2017 edition of the Conference, published (in English) is available here : EISS 2017_publication Final

The full program of the conference is available here




Opening Remarks
Dr. Hugo Meijer, Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) / European University Institute (EUI), Academic Director of the EISS

Keynote Speech
Professor Sir Hew Strachan, University of St. Andrews


salle des conseils
Change and Continuity in War
Chair Prof. Sir Hew Strachan, University of St. Andrews

  • “The Future in the Past: Victory, Defeat, and Comparative Grand Strategy” • Dr. Paul van Hooft, European University Institute
  • “France’s Colonial Wars in the XIX and XX Centuries, and its Military Interventions in the XXI Century: Continuities or Discontinuities?” • Dr. Julie d’Andurain, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 1)
  • “Grey Zones, Deterrence and Signaling: the Case of the US-Japan Alliance” • Dr. Matteo Dian, University of Bologna
  • “Continuity and change in the debates about using armed forces for domestic security: Britain, France, and Germany” • Jack Harding, University of Reading

Lunch – Salle Goullencourt


Salle 3
Arms Procurement and Transfers
Chair Prof. Matthew Uttley, King’s College London

  • “States vs. Markets in Rising Powers: Functional and Political Sources of Institutional Resilience in India’s Defense Sector” • Dr. Moritz Weiss, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
  • “A Science and Technology Studies Approach to Drone Politics in Europe” • Samuel Longuet, Université Libre Bruxelles
  • “New Wine in Old Bottles? United Kingdom Defence Procurement and Defence Industries in the post-Brexit Era” • Dr. Benedict Wilkinson, King’s College London
  • “Arms Procurement in the Gulf Region: Evolving Trends and Implications for the Client State–Supplying State–Industry Triangle” • Emma Soubrier, University of Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand)

Salle des fêtes
Emerging Domains: Cybersecurity
Chair Dr. Brandon Valeriano, Cardiff University

  • To Attack and To Conquer: Cyber Weapons and the Risks of Kinetic War” • Dr. Marc DeVore, University of St. Andrews
  • “American Military-Technological Superiority in the Age of Cyber Espionage, Globalization and the Rise of China” • Dr. Mauro Gilli, ETH Zurich ; Dr. Andrea Gilli, Stanford University
  • “Cybersecurity and the Public Sector: The Italian Case” • Dr. Raffaele Marchetti, LUISS University • Roberta Mulas, University of Warwick & LUISS University
  • “Issues and Frames: Explaining Coercion in Cyberspace” • Miguel Gomez, ETH Zurich

Coffee break – Salle Goullencourt


Salle 3
Defense Cooperation and Military Assistance
Chair Prof. Ulrich Krotz, European University Institute

  • “Transatlantic Defence Cooperation after Brexit and Trump” • Prof. Magnus Petersson, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
  • “The Future of American Power in Europe and European Strategic Cooperation” • Dr. Paul van Hooft, European University Institute
  • “Military Cooperation in Unstable Places: Explaining American Failures in the Sahara-Sahel” • Dr. Edoardo Baldaro, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • “Towards Nodal Defense? US Strategy and European Security” • Dr. Luis Simón, Vrije Universiteit Brussels • Dr. Alexander Lanoszka, City, University of London

Salle des fêtes
Private Security Contractors
Chair Prof. Elke Krahmann, Witten/Herdecke University

  • “Private Security Logos: a Visual Analysis of PMSC’s Legitimation Strategies” • Dr. Eugenio Cusumano, University of Leiden
  • “Dynamics of Security Privatization and the Evolution of the Regulatory State in Security: Explaining Anglo-Saxon and Continental European Trajectories” • Dr. Andreas Kruck, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich/Free University Berlin
  • “The Co-Evolution of the Private Military and Security Companies and their Environments: Explaining the Multi-Faceted Nature of the PMSC Industry” • Berenike Prem, Witten/Herdecke University
  • “Private Military and Security Companies on Twitter: Hiding in Plain Sight” • Prof. Andrea Schneiker, University of Siegen

Cocktail – Salle Goullencourt



Salle 3
Military Interventions
Chair Prof. Peter Viggo Jakobsen, University of Southern Denmark

  •  “Learning cooperation in coalition interventions. The case of France, the UK and the US in Libya • Dr. Alice Pannier, IRSEM / Sciences Po
  • “Military Interventionism and the Responsibility to Protect: The Crisis in Syria” • Dr. Sárka Kolmasová, Metropolitan University Prague
  • “Barefoot Soldiers and Skiing Nations: Incoherence, Coping Strategies and the Making of Meaning in the UN Mission in Mali” • Dr. Chiara Ruffa, Uppsala University • Dr. Sebastiaan Rietjens, Netherlands Defense Academy
  • “Do You Hear Me Major Tom? Media, Narratives and Contemporary Military Operations: the Case of the Italian Mission in Afghanistan” • Dr. Fabrizio Coticchia, University of Genoa • Silvia D’Amato, Scuola Normale Superiore

Salle 4
Non-Proliferation and Arms Control
Chair Dr. Ulrich Kühn, University of Hamburg

  • “Global Nuclear Order, Hegemony and Resistance” • Dr. Nick Ritchie, University of York
  • “Banning Nuclear Weapons? The Dilemma for the NATO Non-Nuclear Weapon States” • Prof. Tom Sauer, University of Antwerp
  • “Scholarly Responsibility, Non-proliferation and Deterrence: the Effects of Self-Censorship” • Dr. Benoit Pelopidas, Sciences Po Paris
  • “Why a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Is a Bad Idea” • Dr. Michal Onderco, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Coffee break – Salle Goullencourt


Salle 3
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
Chair Prof. Isabelle Duyvesteyn, Leiden University

  • “The Origins of Transnational Terrorist Waves” • Dr. Andreas Gofas, European University Instititute / Panteion University of Athens
  • “Transnational Terrorism and Strategic Culture: A New Understanding of State Counterterrorism Response” • Silvia D’Amato, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • “NATO Perceptions and Assessments of International Terrorism 1978-1983” • Dr. Dionysios Chourchoulis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • “Bridging the Academic – Practitioner Divide in Counter-Terrorism” • Prof. Marianne van Leeuwen, University of Amsterdam

Salle 4
Theoretical Developments in Security Studies
Chair Prof. Thierry Balzacq, University of Namur

  • “The Procurement and Adoption of Innovations in Modern Naval Warfare” • Aldo Carone, London School of Economics
  • “The Book that Leaves Nothing to Chance: How The Strategy of Conflict and Its Legacy Normalized the Practice of Nuclear Threats” • Dr. Benoit Pelopidas, Sciences Po Paris
  • “Empathetic Practices in International Security” • Claire Yorke, King’s College London
  • “Tools, Concepts, and Weapons: Intellectual History and Strategic Studies” • Dr. Grey Anderson, Sciences Po Paris

Salle des conseils
Concluding Remarks

  • Dr. Hugo Meijer, IRSEM/EUI, Academic Director of the EISS
  • Dr. Olivier Schmitt, University of Southern Denmark, Vice President of AEGES


EISS Partner Institutions

  • European Union:

    • European University Institute

  • Belgium:

    • Vrije Universiteit Brussels

    • Université Libre Bruxelles

    • University of Antwerp
    • University of Namur

  • Czech Republic:

    • Metropolitan University Prague

  • Denmark:

    • University of Copenhagen

    • University of Southern Denmark

  • France:

    • École Normale Supérieure

    • Lille Catholic University

    • National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations

    • Sciences Po-Lille

    • Sciences Po-Paris

    • The Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme

    • University of Cergy-Pontoise

    • University of Clermont-Ferrand
    • University of Grenoble

    • University of Lyon III-Jean Moulin

    • University of Montpellier

    • University of Poitiers

    • University of Vincennes in Saint-Denis (Paris 8)

    • University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)

    • University Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1)

    • University Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne

  • Germany:

    • Hertie School of Governance

    • Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich

    • University of Hamburg

    • University of Siegen

    • Witten/Herdecke University

  • Greece:

    • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

    • Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Hungary:

    • Central European University

  • Italy:

    • LUISS Guido Carli

    • Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

    • Scuola Normale Superiore

    • University of Bologna

    • University of Genoa

    • Università San Raffaele Milano

  • Netherlands:

    • Erasmus University Rotterdam

    • Leiden University

    • University of Amsterdam

  • Norway:

    • Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

    • University of Oslo

  • Portugal:

    • New University Lisbon

    • University of Lisbon

  • Spain:

    • Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals

    • Universitad Complutense de Madrid

  • Switzerland:

    • Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development Studies

    • ETH Zürich/Center for Security Studies

  • Sweden:

    • University of Stockholm

    • Uppsala University

  • United Kingdom:

    • Cardiff University

    • City, University of London

    • King’s College London

    • Lancaster University

    • London School of Economics

    • School of Oriental and African Studies

    • University of Cambridge

    • University of Oxford

    • University of Reading

    • University of St. Andrews

    • University of York