General introduction

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

The Aim of the EISS

The European Initiative on Security Studies is a Europe-wide network of over eighty universities (see the list of partner institutions in the annex) that share the goal of consolidating security studies in Europe. Specifically, the aim of the EISS is two-fold. The first is 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 currently underway in Europe. The second goal is to establish a forum for the exchange of ideas in order to foster new joint research projects and develop international research partnerships.

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. First, the EISS is not only limited to one specific theoretical approach to security studies but rather seeks to be inclusive. This is reflected, for instance, in the EISS Conference’s panels, which cover a large range of themes in the field of security studies. The EISS welcomes works on both so-called ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ security issues. Second, 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 works focusing on any region of the world. It aims to establish a European network of scholars and institutions working on a broad range of themes and of geographical areas in the field of security studies. By doing so, its ambition is to contribute to overcoming the existing fragmentation in European security studies and to fostering and consolidating a European field of security studies.

The 2019 EISS Conference

 The third annual conference of the European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS) will be held at Sciences Po, in Paris, on 27-28 June 2019, Paris. It is organized by the EISS board, within the framework of the Association for the Study of War and Strategy (AEGES).

EISS Governing Board

Founding Director of the EISS:  Hugo Meijer, European University Institute, Italy

EISS Governing Board Members:

  1. Isabelle Duyvesteyn, Leiden University, Netherlands
  2. Flavia Gasbarri, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  3. Mauro Gilli, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
  4. Marina Henke, European University Institute, Italy
  5. Beatrice Heuser, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  6. Ulrich Krotz, European University Institute, Italy
  7. Alice Pannier, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, United States
  8. Olivier Schmitt, Southern Denmark University, Denmark
  9. Luis Simón, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  10. Marco Wyss, Lancaster University, United Kingdom


Hugo Meijer

Hugo Meijer is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI). Starting in January 2019, he will be CNRS Reserch Fellow at the Center for International Studies at Sciences Po, Paris. He is also the founding director of TheEuropean 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 and a Researcher at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM, Paris). Recent publications: The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces (OUP, 2018), co-edited with Marco Wyss; Trading with the Enemy: The Making of US Export Control Policy toward the People’s Republic of China (OUP, 2016); Origins and Evolution of the US Rebalance toward Asia: Diplomatic, Military, and Economic Dimensions (ed.)(Palgrave, 2015). He has also published in such journals as the Cooperation and ConflictJournal of Strategic StudiesEuropean Journal of International Security and the Journal of Cold War Studies.



Isabelle Duyvesteyn

Isabelle Duyvesteyn is Professor of International Studies/Global History at the Institute of History at Leiden University. She completed her PhD at the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. Previously she has worked at the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Institute for International Relations and the Department of History of International Relations at Utrecht University. Between 2012 and 2017 she held the special chair in Strategic Studies at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. She is a member of the Netherlands Advisory Council for International Affairs which advises the Netherlands government on issues of peace and security, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Defence Academy and a member of several book and journal editorial boards, notably the Journal of Strategic Studies and Small Wars and Insurgencies.

Flavia Gasbarri

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.




Mauro Gilli

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

Marina E. Henke is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and the Co-Chair of the War & Society Working Group at Northwestern University in Chicago (USA). Marina holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Public Policy from Princeton University, a Double-MSc in Development Studies and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Economics and Politics from Sciences Po Paris. Her research focuses on military interventions, peacekeeping and European Grand Strategy. Her academic work has been published in Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, International Peacekeeping, Providing for Peacekeeping, and Conflict Management and Peace Science among others. Her book “Constructing Allied Cooperation: Diplomacy, Payments and Power in Multilateral Military Coalition Building” is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.

Beatrice Heuser

Beatrice Heuser holds the Chair in International Relations at the University of Glasgow.  She was previously at the Dept. of War Studies, King’s College London, then the University of Reading; she has also taught at French and German universities (most recently Sciences Po’ Paris).  1997-1998 worked at NATO HQ in Brussels.  She holds degrees from the Universities of London (BA, MA), Oxford (DPhil), Marburg (Habilitation). Her publications include The Evolution of Strategy (2010), Reading Clausewitz (2002), Strategy before Clausewitz (2017), with Eitan Shamir (eds) Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures (2017) and many works on nuclear strategy, NATO, Transatlantic Relations.



Ulrich Krotz

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.




Alice Pannier

Alice Pannier is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris with joint supervision from King’s College London. Her work has appeared, inter alia, in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Global Affairs, and European Security. Prior to joining SAIS, she was Postdoctoral Fellow at the French Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM). She is currently preparing a book on French defense policy since the end of the Cold War (co-authored with Olivier Schmitt), as well as a manuscript based on her dissertation on Franco-British defense relations.


Olivier Schmitt

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).


Luis Simón

Luis Simón is research professor at the Institute for European Studies and director of the Brussels office of the Elcano Royal Institute. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Baltic Defence College, and a member of the editorial board of Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly.  Luis is a frequent lecturer on geopolitical and strategic affairs at several universities and defence colleges, and his research has appeared in prestigious journals, such as Security Studies, International Affairs, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Geopolitics, Survival, Orbis, The RUSI Journal, Comparative Strategy, Parameters or The International Spectator. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of London, and a Masters degree from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).


Marco Wyss

Dr Marco Wyss, FRHistS, FHEA, is Lecturer in the International History of the Cold War at Lancaster University, a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, editor of the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, and co-editor of Brill’s ‘New Perspectives on the Cold War’ book series. Among many other publications, he is the author of 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 (OUP, 2018).





The 2017 EISS annual conference

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.

The summary of the 2017 edition of the Conference is available for download here: EISS 2017, Final publication.

The 2018 EISS annual conference

The article relating to the 2018 annual conference, with every participating universities, panels and interventions, can be found here: link.

Universities and Research Centers represented at the 2018 EISS Conference:

— Epoka University
— Austrian Institute for International Affairs
— University of Antwerp
— Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Czech Republic
— Charles University Prague
— Metropolitan University Prague
— Royal Danish Defense College
— University of Southern Denmark
— Auvergne University (Clermont-Ferrand)
— École Normale Supérieure
— European Union Institute for Security Studies
— Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)
— French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)
— Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM)
— Laboratoire d’Économie d’Orléans – Bureau des Recherches Géologiques et Minières
— Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II)
— School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)
— Sciences Po
— University of Caen
— University of Toulouse
— University François Rabelais-Tours
— University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
— University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
— University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
— University Lumière Lyon 2
— University of Grenoble Alpes
— Saint-Cyr Military Academy
— University of Bordeaux
— University Paris-8
— Free University Berlin
— Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich
— RWTH Aachen University
— University of Kiel
— University of Potsdam
— University of Akureyri
— University of Iceland
— Dublin City University
— European University Institute
— Link Campus University
— LUISS University “Guido Carli”, Rome
— University of Bologna
— University of Florence
— University of Milan
— University of Naples
— University of Siena
— Erasmus University Rotterdam
— Leiden University
— Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
— University of Amsterdam
— Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies
— University of Oslo
— University of Lodz
— University Institute of Lisbon – ISCTE
— EuroMesco
— Instituto Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals
— Universidad Europea de Madrid
— Universidad Complutense de Madrid
— Universidad de Cádiz
— ETH Zurich/CSS
United Kingdom
— City, University of London
— University of Cambridge
— Chatham House
— King’s College London
— Middlebury Institute of International Studies
— University of St. Andrews
— University of Warwick
— University of Bristol
— University of Manchester
— University of Leicester
— University of Reading
— University of Strathclyde
— University of Glasgow
— University of Oxford
Outside Europe
— Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon
— Center for Strategic and International Studies
— Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
— Harvard University, USA
— Northwestern University, USA
— San Jose State University, USA
— School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, USA
— Texas A&M University, USA
— University of Canterbury, New Zealand
— University of Chicago, USA
— University of Minnesota, USA
— Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
— University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
— Yale University, USA