Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy


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 the Japan Chair.


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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 strategy

  • Transatlantic relations

  • Geopolitics and security in the Indo-Pacific

  • Diplomacy and statecraft
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CSDS Policy Briefs

The CSDS Policy Brief series covers a range of topical subjects in the field of security, diplomacy, and strategy. To receive future editions in your mailbox, subscribe here.

In the media

Terugblik op de week van 16 tot 22 januari

Source: VRT Max
BSoG team: Olesya Tkacheva
Posted on 24.01.2023
Videos & podcasts

Olaf Scholz’s China Gamble

Source: The Diplomat
BSoG team: Alain Tao
Posted on 21.12.2022
In the press


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

Period December 2019 - January 2024
Funded By

European Commission

CSDS-Asia Matters Podcast

Period May 2021 - December 2023