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 KoopsDr. Tongfi Kim and Antonio Calcara of Vesalius College; and Marie Curie Fellows Dr Jan Völkel and Dr Chantal Lavallée.  Furthermore, a number of PhD researchers are involved with the cluster: Linde DesmaeleStephan KloseAntonios Nestoras, Elie Perot and Maaike Verbruggen, as well as Guest Researcher Paula Lamoso González (UAM). The cluster also welcomes Visiting Professor Dr. Daniel Fiott (EU ISS), KF-VUB Korea Chair Visiting Fellow Young-Hun Kim (ROK Ministry of Unification), and Associate Researchers Dr Jordan Becker (NATO) and Dr Anna K. Stahl (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung). 

Latest publications

  • BECKER, Jordan M.  2018.  Security vs. Austerity: An Instrumental Variable Analysis of the Effect of Fiscal Rules and Sanctions on Defense Spending, paper presented at EISA Pan-European conference, Prague, September 2018. Link.
  • BECKER, Jordan M.  2018.  The Effect of Unemployment on Personnel Expenditures Among NATO and EU Member States, paper presented at EISA Pan-European conference, Prague, September 2018. Link.
  • BECKER, Jordan.  2018.  Populism and global affairs, Global Affairs. Link.
  • FIOTT, Daniel.  2018.  The EU, NATO and the European defence market: do institutional responses to defence globalisation matter?, in Simon J. Smith, Carmen Gebhard, and Nina Graeger (eds.) EU-NATO RELATIONS: running on the fumes of informed deconfliction, Oxford: Routledge. Link.
  • FIOTT, Daniel.  2018.  America First, Third Offset Second?, The RUSI Journal, Vol. 163, No. 4, pp. 40–48. Link
  • HEMMINGS, John, KONG, Tat Yan & PACHECO PARDO, Ramon.  2018.  Achieving Peace on the Korean Peninsula, The Diplomat, 13 September 2018. Link.
  • KOOPS, Joachim.  2018.  Theorising inter-organisational relations: the “EU–NATO relationship” as a catalytic case study, in Simon J. Smith, Carmen Gebhard, and Nina Graeger (eds.) EU-NATO RELATIONS: running on the fumes of informed deconfliction, Oxford: Routledge. Link.
  • LAVALLÉE, Chantal.  2018.  Les drones: un nouveau champ d’action pour l’Union européenne, OSINTPOL, 12 September 2018. Link.
  • LAVALLÉE, Chantal.  2018.  The Flourishing Drone Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union, paper presented at 12th EISA Pan-European conference, University of Economics and Institute of International Relations, Prague, 12 September 2018.
  • LAVALLÉE, Chantal.  2018.  The Single European Sky: a window of opportunity for EU–NATO relations, in Simon J. Smith, Carmen Gebhard, and Nina Graeger (eds.) EU-NATO RELATIONS: running on the fumes of informed deconfliction, Oxford: Routledge. Link.
  • LAVALLÉE, Chantal.  2018.  The EU Drone Ecosystem: Societal Concerns, Actors and Practices, paper presented at UACES 48th annual conference, University of Bath, UK, 3 September 2018.
  • LAVALLÉE, Chantal.  2018.  The European Drone Sector: towards a New Configuration of Actors with the Commission’s Impetus, paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Universität Hamburg, Germany, 22 August 2018.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander.  2018.  De trans-Atlantische relatie, Belgische welvaart en Europese cohesie: een synthese [Translantic relations, Belgian prosperity and European cohesion: a synthesis], Hoorzitting Kamercommissie Buitenlandse Betrekkingen [Parliamentary Hearing of the International Relations Committee], 25 September 2018. Link.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander.  2018.  State of the Union Commentary: From political to indispensable Commission?, Egmont Institute, 12 September 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon, KIM, Tongfi, DESMAELE, Linde & ERNST, Max.  2018.  Inter-Korean Summit in Pyongyang Explained: The Key Players’ Views, KF-VUB Korea Chair Explainer, 21 September 2018. Link.
  • PACHECO PARDO, Ramon, KIM, Tongfi, DESMAELE, Linde. 2018.  Assessing the third inter-Korean summit of 2018, KF-VUB Korea Chair Podcast, 19 September 2018. Link.
  • VÖLKEL, Jan.  2018.  Migration cooperation as trigger for increasing parliamentary influence? Egypt’s 2016 anti-smuggling law as case study for the Maglis al-Sha‘b’s influence, paper presented at the Middle East and North Africa in an age of continuous crises, conflicts, and racks Conference, Syddansk Universitet Odense, 21 September 2018.
  • WHEELER, Richard.  2018.  Regional Integration as an Energy Security Strategy: Lessons for Central Asia from Europe’s Efforts towards Security of Supply through Regulatory Integration, OSCE Academy, Policy Brief, No. 49, September 2018. Link.

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

Cluster members in the news

  • Ramon Pacheco Pardo was interviewed on the Korean economic transformation in Business Spotlight.
  • Ramon Pacheco Pardo reviewed Asian newspapers in the Monocle Daily.
  • Maaike Verbruggen’s remarks were quoted in an article by the Deutschen Wellen on the implications of convergence between emerging technologies for the future of war and arms control.
  • Luis Simón was interviewed in Small Wars Journal on Europe’s Balance of Power crisis.

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

Latest International Security Events

24 October 2018 Transatlantic and Transpacific Alliances: Deterrence and Engagement in the Korean Peninsula Conference
14 June 2018 Towards Peace in the Korean Peninsula? Assessing a Spring of Summit Seminar
13 June 2018 Assessing the Moon Administration One Year On Roundtable
12 June 2018 Korea-EU Relations at 55: Leveraging ASEM in Uncertain Times Conference
12 June 2018 Spring of diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula Roundtable
31 May 2018 Competitive Strategies for Combatting Political Warfare Panel

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

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