Luis Simón

Director of Research Centre

Luis Simón is a Director of the Research Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) and a Research Professor in International Security at the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB). He is also the Director of the Brussels office of the Elcano Royal Institute. Luis is a frequent lecturer on geopolitical and strategic affairs at several universities and defence colleges. His research has appeared in prestigious journals, such as Security Studies, International Affairs, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Geopolitics, Survival, Orbis or The RUSI Journal. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Baltic Defence College, and a member of the editorial board of Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly. Earlier, he was a postdoctoral FWO Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs (Columbia University) and a visiting fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University). Luis holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of London, and a Master's degree from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
His current research interests include the evolution of U.S. geostrategy and its impact upon the transatlantic relationship; European geopolitics and security; the future of NATO; and changing geostrategic dynamics in Asia and their implications for Europe.

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)



Bridging Allies

Period November 2021 - December 2022

CSDS Conversations

Period October 2020 - December 2022

CSDS-SWJ StrategyDebriefs

Period January 2022 - December 2022

Japan's Foreign and Security Policy

Period September 2020 - August 2022

The QUAD and the rise of minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific: what role for Europe?

Period June 2021 - June 2021
Funded By

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Japan Program

Period October 2020 - October 2020

Extended deterrence in Europe and Northeast Asia: A comparative approach

Period September 2019 - February 2020
Funded By

Japanese Embassy

Political Warfare

Period March 2016 - May 2019

KF-VUB Korea Chair

Period September 2017 - September 2017
Funded By

Korea Foundation


Europe and Japan in a Changing World

Event on 24.10.2022

Brussels Korea Forum

Event on 14.10.2021

In the media

Europe and the Asia Chessboard

Posted on 11.05.2021
Videos & podcasts

In pursuit of European defence autonomy

Posted on 03.06.2020
In the press

Judy Asks: Is China Devouring Europe?

Posted on 28.03.2019
In the press