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

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External Publications

Europe’s Geopolitical Necessity

BSoG team: Elie Perot
Published on 02.03.2023
Other Publications

In the media

How dangerous is TikTok?

Source: Il Post
BSoG team: Ludovica Meacci
Posted on 05.03.2023
In the press

Frontiers Policy Labs: Global challenges, science diplomacy

Source: frontiers
Posted on 09.03.2023
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