Dr Luis Simon

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Luis Simon holds an MA in European Studies from the IEP Paris/University of Bath (Euromasters) and a BA in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He was a Thomas Holloway scholar at Royal Holloway and a pre-doctoral fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme of the Compagnia di San Paolo -Riksbankens Jubileumsfond - VolkswagenStiftung. He has also been a visting fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, the Centre for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS/John Hopkins) in Washington DC and the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. His research interests include European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy, Geopolitics, Transatlantic Relations, International Relations Theory, and French, British and German Foreign and Security Policy. Luis's PhD dissertation, supervised by Alister Miskimmon, focussed on Franco-British-German views of the EU and NATO.

Luis joined the IES as postdoctoral researcher for European Foreign and Security Policy in October 2010. At the IES, he is a member of the research cluster 'EU foreign and security policy' and also coordinates the University of Southern California (USC) Brussels Program 'Contemporary Issues in European Foreign and Security Policy'. His current research projects include geopolitics, grand strategy and contemporary Europe; strategy and the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy; and the impact of the rise of Asia upon Europe. Other research interests include the role of the EU as a global actor, transatlantic relations and the security and defence policies of Britain, France and Germany. Luis directs the Group on Grand Strategy.

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