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I am a director of research and studies at the French Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN), on secondment from the Center for War Studies (SDU), where I am a professor (with special responsibilities). 

I am also a founding member of the French Association for War and Strategic Studies (AEGES), of which I was vice-president and scientific director, and a board member of the European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS). My full CV (including forthcoming publications) is available here.

Before joining CWS in 2015, I obtained my Ph.D from the department of War Studies, King’s College London, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Montreal Center for International Studies (CÉRIUM).  I hold MA degrees from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) and Sciences Po Aix. A reserve officer in the French navy, I have policy experience at the French MoD and NATO. I also worked for two think-tanks: the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

I conduct research in two broad fields.

First, I am interested in security and strategic studies, in particular multilateral military cooperation, comparative defence policies, arms control, military transformation and the changing character of warfare.

Second, I look at the role of ideas and norms in world politics, with research on strategic narratives, influence and propaganda, but also far-right ideologies.

My current main research project, entitled “Transforming Armed Forces in the 21st Century“, is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, the Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Please contact me for any other information.

Email: schmitt (at)
Twitter: @olivier1schmitt