IES Research - International Security

The International Security Cluster

Group photo of the International Security Cluster (January 2018)

Researchers that are part of the International Security (IS) cluster operate at the crossroads of geopolitical analysis, strategic studies and European studies. In keeping with an increasingly turbulent international landscape, cluster researchers analyse the on-going re-ordering of the European political architecture and how it relates to the wider world. In doing so, they pay particular attention to geopolitical competition between Russia and the West, instability in the broader Middle East, the rise of Asia and its implications for Europe and the transatlantic relationship, the changing face of international diplomacy and the exigencies of modern warfare.

The cluster is led by Prof Dr Luis Simon and Prof Dr Alexander Mattelaer. It offers a home to various projects, such as the Korea Foundation-VUB Korea Chair chaired by Dr. Ramon Pachecho Pardo and assisted by Paula Cantero Dieguez; and the EL-CSID project led by Prof Dr Luk Van Langenhove and Dr Richard Higgott and assisted by Elke Boers. Additionally, it includes Prof Dr Joachim Koops and Dr. Tongfi Kim of Vesalius College; and Marie Curie Fellows Dr Jan Völkel and Dr Chantal Lavallée.  Furthermore, the cluster includes a number of PhD researchers (Linde DesmaeleStephan KloseAntonios Nestoras, Elie Perot and Maaike Verbruggen) and guest researchers Antonio Calcara (LUISS) and Paula Lamoso (UAM). The cluster also welcomes Visiting Professor Dr. Daniel Fiott (EU ISS) and Associate Researchers Dr. Jordan Becker (NATO) and Dr. Anna K. Stahl (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung). 

Latest publications

  • DEMAELE, Linde.  2018.  Who Shapes Whom? Transatlantic Relations in the Asian Century, paper presented at international studies association: power of rules and rules of power (ISA2018), San Francisco, 7 April 2018. Link.
  • HIGGOTT, Richard.  2018a.  From policy to populism: Donald Trump’s trade policy in global context, Elcano, No. 47, 10 April 2018. Link.
  • HIGGOTT, Richard.  2018b.  Globalism, Populism and the Limits of Global Economic Governance, Journal of Intern-Regional Studies, Vol. 1, pp. 2–23. Link.
  • KIM, Tongfi.  2018a.  Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces of North Korean Threat on the U.S.-Japan-ROK Cooperation | Korea Chair, Institute for European Studies, IES Policy Brief, No. 3, March 2018. Link.
  • KIM, Tongfi.  2018b.  Perceived Links Between US Alliances in Asia and Europe, paper presented at international studies association: power of rules and rules of power (ISA2018), San Francisco, 5 April 2018. Link.
  • KIM, Tongfi.  2018c.  The US Alliance Network, Solitary China, and Forms of Regional Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, paper presented at international studies association: power of rules and rules of power (ISA2018), San Francisco, 7 April 2018. Link.
  • KLOSE, Stephan.  2018a.  The EU’s Evolution as an International Security Actor: A Role Theory Perspective, paper presented at international studies association: power of rules and rules of power (ISA2018), San Francisco, 4 April 2018. Link.
  • KLOSE, Stephan.  2018b.  Theorizing the EU’s Actorness: Towards an Interactionist Role Theory Framework, Journal of Common Market Studies, pp. 1–17. Link.
  • LANGENHOVE VAN, Luk & BOERS, Elke.  2018.  Science Diplomacy in search of a purpose in the populist era, Institute for European Studies, IES Policy Brief, No. 4, March 2018. Link.
  • LAVALLÉE, Chantal.  2018.  The European Commission in Drone Community: A New Cooperation Area in the Making, paper presented at international studies association: power of rules and rules of power (ISA2018), San Francisco, 6 April 2018. Link.
  • LAVALLÉE, Chantal & ZUBELDIA, Océane.  2018.  The European Cooperation Dynamics in Drone-Related Issues: Towards Civil-Military Synergies, paper presented at international studies association: power of rules and rules of power (ISA2018), San Francisco, 4 April 2018. Link.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander.  2018.  The Euro-Atlantic Order in Flux: Meltdown or Renewal?, paper presented at international studies association: power of rules and rules of power (ISA2018), San Francisco, 6 April 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018a.  A UK-Korea trade agreement: Liam, we have three problems, UK in a changing Europe, 19 March 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018b.  Europe matters for North Korea engagement — no, really, The Hill, 15 March 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018c.  Moon on a Mission: South Korea’s New Approach to the North, The Diplomat, 14 March 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018d.  North Korea: time to put the ‘E’ in engagement, EU Observer, 19 March 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018a.  North Korea’s High-Level Delegation China Visit: A Necessary Step, Korea Chair Explains, 27 March 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018b.  The Potential Trump-Kim Summit: History in the Making, Korea Chair Explains, 9 March 2018. Link.
  • RICHEY, Mason, KIM, Tongfi & PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018.  Waiting with bated breath, International Politics and Society, 13 March 2018. Link.
  • VERBRUGGEN, Maaike & MCLEISH, Caitríona.  2018.  The CWC: the fourth Review Conference and beyond, Wilton Park, No. WP1593, March 2018.
  • VÖLKEL, Jan.  2018a.  Nördliches Afrika: Geostrategische, politische und sozio-ökonomische Interessen und Strategien regionaler Akteure, Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 12 March 2018. Link.
  • VÖLKEL, Jan.  2018b.  Presidential Elections in Egypt: A Sense of Déjà-vu, BTI Blog, 26 March 2018. Link.
  • VÖLKEL, Jan.  2018c.  Transformation Index 2018, Bertelsmann Stiftung, 22 March 2018. Link.
  • WHEELER, Richard.  2018.  Multilateral Engagement with Central Asia on Energy Issues, in Daniel L. Burghart and Theresa Sabonis-Helf (eds.) Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty: The Return of Tamerlane?, Lanham: Lexington Books, pp.269–90. Link.

Please see the International Security Publications page for an overview of our publications [under construction].

Cluster members in the news

  • Luk van Langenhove was featured in the Financial Times, the Guardian, Bruzz, Skynet, VRT NWS and HLN because of the new cooperation agreement between Warwick University and the VUB.
  • Alexander Mattelaer commented in the television broadcast Zevende Dag and in the newspapers Knack and VRT NWS on the Belgian fighter aircraft acquisition. Additionally, he provided insight in de Standaard on the Belgian discussion on killing ISIS-fighters in the field, in de Morgen on the Belgian participation in the Gallant Phoenix intelligence network, and in Knack on the assassination of Sergei Skripal.
  • Ramon Pacheco Pardo appeared extensively in the media due to the ongoing developments surrounding the nuclear weapons of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He was featured in the Asia Economy Daily (Link, Link), Yonhap News (Link, Link, Link, Link, Link), BBC Breakfast (Link), the Monocle Daily (Link, Link) and CBS Radio (Link).
  • Maaike Verbruggen’s co-authored report for SIPRI on autonomy in weapon systems was featured in the Guardian and CNRS.
  • Jan Völkel was interviewed and asked for reflections on the Egyptian elections in Süddeutsche Zeitung and Euronews.

Please see the International Security News page for an overview of our media engagements.

Latest International Security Events

14-15 May 2018 Diplomacy and Development: Trends and Challenges for Europe and Its Partners Workshop
12 March-25 April 2018 Masterclass Middle East: Geopolitics in Europe's Neighbourhood Masterclass
14 March 2018

Globalism, Populism and the Limits of Global Economic Governance: Research Seminar by Dr. Richard Higgott

Research Seminar
13 February 2018 EU-Korea relations in a world of flux Breakfast roundtable
18 January 2018 EU policies towards Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in the light of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Reflections on cooperation and institutional practices – and research strategies: Guest lecture by Dr. Peter Seeberg Guest lecture

Please see the International Security Events page for an overview of our events.

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