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Nicole Gnesotto was the first Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies, from 2002 until May 2007, after having been Director of the Institute for Security Studies of the Western European Union (WEU) from 1 October 1999 until 31 December 2001. An Agrégée de Lettres modernes, she studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and was formerly (1994-99) a professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and chargée de mission to the Director of the Institut français des Relations internationales (IFRI). A specialist in security issues, she was a member of the Institute’s research team from 1990 to 1993, after having been deputy head of the French Foreign Ministry’s Centre d’Analyse et de Prévision (policy planning staff) from 1986 to 1990. On leaving, she was appointed as chair of EU studies at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.