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Former Directors

Antonio Missiroli

Antonio Missiroli was the Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies between October 2012 and November 2017. Previously, he was Adviser at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission, in charge of European dialogue/outreach (relations with think tanks and research centres across the Union and beyond) and publications (2010-2012); Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre in Brussels (2005-2010), and Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the W/EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (1998-2005). He was also Head of European Studies at CeSPI in Rome (1994-97) and a Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford (1996-97). Dr Missiroli holds a PhD degree in Contemporary History from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) and a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from SAIS/Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Italian, English, French and German. On leaving, he took up the post of NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges.

Álvaro de Vasconcelos

from Portugal, was Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies between May 2007 and May 2012. Prior to this, he headed the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (IEEI) in Lisbon, of which he is a co-founder, from 1981 to 2007 where he launched several networks including the Euro-Latin American Forum and EuroMeSCo. As well as being a regular columnist in the Portuguese and international press, he is author and co-editor of many books, articles and reports, notably in the areas of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Euro-Mediterranean relations and on the theme of world order, such as Portugal: A European Story; La PESC: Ouvrir l'Europe au Monde; The European Union, Mercosul and the New World Order; A European Strategy for the Mediterranean; ESPAS Report ‘Global Trends 2030 - Citizens in an Interconnected and Polycentric World’ and Listening to Unfamiliar Voices – The Arab Democratic Wave. Álvaro de Vasconcelos is a Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur (France) and a Comendador do Ordem do Rio Branco (Brazil). On leaving the EUISS, he became Visiting Professor with the Instituto de Relações Internacionais da Universidade de São Paulo (IRIUSP).

Nicole Gnesotto

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.

Guido Lenzi

Guido Lenzi was Director of the WEU Institute from October 1995 to September 1999. He was previously Minister Plenipotentiary at the Political Department of the Italian Foreign Ministry. He joined the Italian Foreign Service in 1964. During his thirty-year career as a diplomat, he served in Algiers, Lausanne, London, Moscow and New York, and in Rome headed the Asia department and the NATO desk, as well as being diplomatic adviser to the Minister of Defence and President of the Senate. In October 1999 he rejoined the Foreign Ministry in Rome. He is an Associate Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a member of the Governing Board of the Istituto Affari Internazionali. After a period as Permanent Representative of Italy to the OSCE in Vienna, he returned to Rome to the Cabinet of the Minister of the Interior. He has now retired.

John Roper

John Roper was the first Director of the WEU Institute, from April 1990 to September 1995. A former university lecturer and former member of parliament, prior to becoming Director he held a senior position on the staff of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA). John Roper was a member of the House of Commons from 1970 to 1983, Opposition spokesman on defence (1979-81) and Chief Whip of the Social Democratic Party from 1981 to 1983. He was also a member of the House of Lords and professorial fellow at the Institute for German Studies, Birmingham University.