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Joachim Koops

Supervisory Board Chairperson


Joachim A. Koops is Chair of Security Studies and Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University in The Hague. Previously, he was the Dean of Vesalius College of Global Affairs of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Director of the Global Governance Institute (GGI), Brussels. Joachim holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford (UK), an MSc in European Politics, Economic and Law from the University of Turku, a Postgraduate Diploma/Common Professional Exam in Law from Oxford Brookes (UK), the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Kiel (Germany). Joachim’s research focuses on Global Security Governance, European foreign policy and diplomacy and inter-organizational relations in peace and security (including peacekeeping, peacebuilding, crisis management and the responsibility to protect) with particular emphasis on the role of the European Union, NATO and United Nations. In the area of higher education policy and management, he is interested in academic reform, innovative teaching, quality assurance and the future of global education. Between 2009 and 2012 Joachim held several advisor positions at international organizations. In 2009, he served as the Lessons Learned Advisor of the Chief of Staff of the Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG), in 2012 he worked at the partnership unit of the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York as well as the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels. In addition, he served as a member of the Dual Use Expert Group of the European Commission’s Ethics Committee. Recent publications include: The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015, with Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy and Paul D. Williams), The Palgrave Handbook of Inter-organizational Relations in World Politics (Palgrave, 2017, with Rafael Biermann), European Approaches to United Nations Peacekeeping: Towards Stronger Re-engagement? (Routledge, 2018, with Giulia Tercovich), The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor (Palgrave, 2014, with Gjovalin Macaj) and Operationalising he Responsibility to Protect (Palgrave 2014, with Daniel Fiott). He published on Peacekeeping, UN rapid reaction and EU-NATO relations in journals such as International Peacekeeping, Contemporary Security Policy and European Security.