Since 2007, Jaap de Wilde is Professor in International Relations & Security Studies at the Department of International Relations & International Organization (IRIO). From 2008-2012 he was head of department. He is co-founder and governor of Globalisation Studies Groningen. Since 2013 he is chairman of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Research. From 2001 to 2007, De Wilde was professor in European Security Studies at the Department of Political Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and from 1995-2007 senior research fellow in European Studies and IR at the Centre for European Studies (CES), University of Twente. From 1993-1995 he worked as senior research fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI).

De Wilde analyses how security issues emerge on international political agendas, and the implications this has for power politics. One of the areas he currently focuses on concerns the relationship between energy security and geopolitics. The emphasis is in particular on analyzing the friction between market oriented and sovereignty oriented discourses.

De Wilde is one of the initiators of the conference Past, Present and Future of Peace Research. Three generations of scientists will reflect on peace and security, international law, human rights, development issues, civil wars and peacebuilding, patterns of enmity & amity, as well as the institutional position of peace research in academia.



Ole Wæver is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, founder of CAST, Centre for Advanced Security Theory, and Director of CRIC, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts.

Internationally he is mostly known for coining within security theory the concept of 'securitization' and as one of the main figures in developing what is often referred to as the 'Copenhagen School' in security studies. His most recent writings in relation to securitization theory have applied the theory to religion and to climate change. The second most influential sub-set of his work is probably writings on the sociology of the discipline of International Relations. His research interests include international relations and security theory, sociology of science, religion in international relations, climate change, conflict analysis, and the role of national identity in foreign policy.



Antonio Missiroli became Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in October 2012.

Previously, he was Adviser at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission, in charge of European dialogue/outreach (relations with think tanks and research centres across the Union and beyond) and publications (2010-2012); Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels (2005-2010), and Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the W/EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (1998-2005). He was also Head of European Studies at CeSPI in Rome (1994-97) and a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford (1996-97).

As well as being a professional journalist, he has also taught at the Universities of Bath and Trento, as well as Boston University and SAIS/Johns Hopkins (Bologna). He is currently visiting lecturer at the College of Europe (Bruges) and Sciences Po (Paris).

Dr Missiroli holds a PhD degree in Contemporary History from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) and a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from SAIS/Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Italian, English, French and German.



 Major General Khaled is former commander of UAE Air Force and Air Defense (UAEAF&AD). During his 32-year career with the UAEAF&AD he held numerous staff and command positions, and participated in both Gulf Wars. Major General Khaled has taken part in various high-level government negotiations between the UAE and a number of foreign countries. He also initiated, led and managed several multi-billion dollar programs for the UAE government and military.

Over the course of his career, Major General Khaled has received 25 awards and decorations from the UAE and foreign governments. He retired from the UAEAF&AD in early 2006, and became a shareholder and president of Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) in November 2007. He is a known speaker in national and international conferences and seminars on issues relating to air power, air defense, regional security and defense strategy.



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