Security, Diplomacy and Strategy

About the Centre

The Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the key contemporary security and diplomatic challenges of the 21st century – and their impact on Europe – while reaching out to the policy community that will ultimately need to handle such challenges. Our expertise in security studies will seek to establish comprehensive theoretical and policy coverage of strategic competition and its impact on Europe, whilst paying particular attention to the Transatlantic relationship and the wider Indo-Pacific region. Diplomacy as a field of study will be treated broadly and comparatively to encompass traditional statecraft and foreign policy analysis, as well as public, economic and cultural diplomacy. The CSDS is pleased to host the KF-VUB Korea Chair and Japan Program.


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The CSDS builds on a critical mass of scholars with expertise and publication track record in the areas of diplomacy and security, and an ample network of policy and expert contacts within Brussels and beyond. Thanks to its Korea Chair and Japan programme, the CSDS is also emerging as a European hub for analysis of geopolitical and security dynamics in East Asia.

Key themes

  • international security and strategic studies
  • diplomacy and statecraft

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KF-VUB Korea Chair

Period September 2017 - October 2024
Funded By

Korea Foundation

EU Policy and Outreach Partnership (EUPOP) in the Republic of Korea (RoK)

Period December 2019 - January 2022
Funded By

European Commission

Japan Program

Period October 2020 - October 2021

Support for the KF-VUB Korea Chair

Period March 2020 - December 2020
Funded By

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Jean Monnet Chair: EXACT - Explaining EU Action in Counter Terrorism

Period September 2017 - August 2020
Funded By

Erasmus +

Extended deterrence in Europe and Northeast Asia: A comparative approach

Period September 2019 - February 2020
Funded By

Japanese Embassy

Research Network on Regime (REFRACT)

Period January 2015 - December 2019

Political Warfare

Period March 2016 - May 2019

The European Commission in Drone Community: a New Cooperation Area in the Making (EU-DRONES)

Period April 2017 - March 2019
Funded By

European Commission - Horizon 2020

Research and innovation programme

European leadership in Cultural, Science, and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID)

Period March 2016 - February 2019
Funded By

European Commission - Horizon 2020