Academic Advisory Council

Members of the Academic Advisory Council (AAC) provide overall guidance and input into the scope and content of the European Peace and Security Studies programme. As a deliberate mixture of distinguished academics and senior policymakers, members of the AAC also promote the policy-relevance of the programme and ensure a constant dialogue between academia and high-level policymakers in Europe’s capital and beyond. Most members of the AAC also share their insights with EPSS students in their capacity as guest lecturers.

International Senior Scholars and Academic Experts

Prof Dr Rafael Biermann
Professor of International Relations and International Organizations, University of Jena, Germany and Former Deputy Dean, German Marshall Centre

Prof Dr Sven Biscop
Director, Security & Global Governance Programme, Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium

Prof Dr Thomas Diez
Professor of International Relations, University of Tübingen, Germany

Richard Gowan
Associate Director for Policy, Center on International Cooperation, New York University, US & Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Prof Christopher Hill, MA DPhil (Oxon)
Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof Jolyon Howorth
Department of Political Science, Yale University, US and Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics, University of Bath, UK

Prof Knud Erik Jørgensen
Professor of International Relations, University of Århus, Denmark

Prof Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Director of the European Studies Centre and University Lecturer in International Relations, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Alexandra Novosseloff
Research Associate at the Centre Thucydide, University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas (expert on UN relations with regional organisations), France

Prof Hanna Ojanen
Jean Monnet Professor, University of Tampere, Finland

Major Koen Troch
Chair of World Politics, Conflict Studies Department, Belgian Royal Military Academy, Belgium

Prof Karen E. Smith
Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit, London School of Economics, UK

Dr Thierry Tardy
Senior Analyst, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris

Prof Mario Telo
Professor of Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium

Prof Ole Wæver
Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof Richard Whitman
Professor of Politics, University of Kent, UK and Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Prof Jan Zielonka
Professor of European Politics, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK

Senior European Policymakers

James Appathurai
NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia and former NATO Spokesperson

Dr Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Admiral Rainer Brinkmann
Former Commander of the Maritime Joint Task Force 150 at the Gulf of Aden and Former Director of NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW)

Dr Steven Everts
Former Personal Advisor to the EU High Representative (Javier Solana), former EU Personal Representative for Energy and Foreign Policy and current Member of the Cabinet of Catherine Ashton (Vice President of the EU Commission & High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy)

Dr Benedikt Franke
Former Special Advisor to Kofi Annan, the Kofi Annan Foundation, Geneva

Nick Grono
Former Deputy President, International Crisis Group, Brussels

Geoffrey Harris
Head of Human Rights Unit, European Parliament, Brussels

Dick Heimans
Head of Sector, Unit F1: Fight Against Terrorism, Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission, Brussels

Brig-Gen Gabor Horvath
Former Director for Concepts and Capabilities, European Union Military Staff, Brussels

Mika-Markus Leinonen
Permanent Chair of the EU’s Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM), European External Action Service, European Union

Dr Agostino Miozzo
Managing Director, Crisis Response & Operational Coordination, European External Action Service

Carlos Jiménez Renjifo
Desk Officer for Spain and Andorra, United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), Brussels

Peter Scaruppe
Director Industry and Market, European Defence Agency (EDA), Brussels

Dr David Spence
Former Minister Counsellor for Human Security and Disarmament, EU Delegation to Geneva

Colonel Christof Tatschl
Deputy Head of Cyberdefence, Austrian Armed Forces and Former Chief of Staff, Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG)

Janos Tisovsky
Former Director, United Nations Information Service (UNIS), Vienna