Stephan Klose is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB). He originally joined as a doctoral researcher in October 2014. Stephan holds an MSc in Asian Studies from Lund University and a BSc in European Studies from the University of Twente.
Stephan’s research project aims at understanding change and continuity in the EU’s performance as an international actor. Concretely, his research project seeks to investigate how the EU’s ambition to establish itself as a more ‘credible’ international security actor reflects in its performance within particular contexts of its external action. His project employs an interactionist role theory framework, which seeks to identify the EU’s process of re-imagining/ re-establishing its international roles in the context of particular world regions (e.g. East Asia, the Middle East) and issue areas (e.g. counter-terrorism, migration policy).