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Security and Defence Policy Group


Eoin O'Keefe

Cillian Moore


Professor Ben Tonra
H.E. Marie Cross
Professor Patrick Keatinge

About the Chairs:

The IIEA Security and Defence Policy group is co-chaired by Professor Ben Tonra, H.E. Marie Cross and Professor Patrick Keatinge.

Professor Ben Tonra is Jean Monet Professor of European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy. He lectures in and researches European foreign, security and defence policy and Irish foreign policy at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. 

H.E. Marie Cross served as Irish Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the EU from 2006 to 2009. Her considerable diplomatic experience also includes the post of Ambassador to the Czech Republic and to Ukraine.

Professor Patrick Keatinge is Emeritus Associate Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Keatinge is considered Ireland’s foremost authority on Irish and European foreign and security policy.

About the Group:

This group analyses developments in security and defence policy at European and international level and their implications for Ireland and Europe. Topics explored include the changing nature of security and the emergence of transnational threats such as piracy, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and threats emanating from failed states, and the new comprehensive approach to such threats, incorporating diplomatic, military, development and other responses.

The work of the group on the evolution of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is complemented by a series of events featuring the heads of EU security institutions and crisis management bodies. Bilateral defence cooperation between EU Member States, USA, Russia and others are explored, along with multilateral activities through EU, OSCE, NATO and UN.

The group comprises leading members of the security, defence and policy communities in Ireland including members of the Oireachtas, senior officials from government departments, top-level representatives of the Defence Forces, academics, business leaders involved in the defence industry and the diplomatic corps. Regular meetings are organised with leading international and European figures, providing stakeholders in Ireland with an opportunity to gain insight and to influence the direction of future policy in this area.

Areas researched:

(A list of topics that are researched in this group)

Publications and Working Papers:

IIEA European Security and Defence Series

Download "European Security in the 21st Century" here

Download "European Security in the 21st Century: The EU’s Comprehensive Approach" here


Nov 2011 IIEA Security and Defence Policy Newsletter No.1

Jan 2012 IIEA Security and Defence Policy Newsletter No.2

Jul 2012 IIEA Security and Defence Policy Newsletter No.3

Sept 2012 IIEA Security and Defence Policy Newsletter No.4


The Security and Defence Policy Group is connected to the Foreign and Defence Policy theme. To view all blogs related to the Foreign and Defence Policy theme click here.


Previous speakers: 


Renata Dwan, Chief of Policy and Best Practices Section, Department of Peacekeeping Operations/Department of Field Support, United Nations

Hanna Ojanen, University of Tampere

Heidi Maurer, Maastricht University
Walter Stevens, Chair, Political and Security Committee

Teija Tiilikainen, Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Julian King, EU Commissioner for the Security Union

Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Defence

Daniel Keohane, Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich

Col John Andreas Olsen, Norwegian Defence Attaché to Ireland

Timo Soini, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs


Wilhelmus van Gemert, Deputy Director of Europol and Head of the Operations Department

Thomas Wuchte, Head of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit

General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee

Dr Edward Burke, Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Portsmouth

Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous, Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations

Dr Antonio Missiroli, Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies

Dr Ian Speller, Director of the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies at Maynooth University

Prof. Alice Hills, Research Director in the School of Government at Durham University



Dr Gunilla Herolf, Senior Researcher at SIPRI

Jan Techau, Director of Carnegie Europe

Daniel Keohane, Research Director at FRIDE

Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency

Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces



Daniel Keohane, Research Director at FRIDE

Olivier de France, Research Director at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs

Lieutenant General Wolfgang Wosolsobe, Director General of the European Union Military Staff



Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General

Minister Alan Shatter T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence

General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee

Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy 

Dr. Sean Kay, Robson Professor of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University

Sir David Omand, Professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London

Ilkka Salmi, Director of the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre



Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Director of the 'Europe in the World Programme' at Egmont

Dr. Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General

Walter Stevens, Head of the EEAS Crisis Management and Planning Directorate

Leo G. Michel, U.S. Institute for National Strategic Studies

Prof. Sean Kay, Chair of International Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Agostino Miozzo, EEAS Managing Director for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination

Vygaudas Ušackas, Special Representative and Head of EU Delegation in Afghanistan

Roger Middleton, expert on piracy and Somalia



Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the Organisation for Security Co-operation in Europe

Delegation of Japanese security experts from the Research Institute for Peace and Security

Ambassador Olof Skoog, Permanent Chair of the EU Political and Security Committee

Benjamin Krasna and Oren Anolik, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency

Lieutenant General Ton Van Osch, Director-General, EU Military Staff

General Håkan Syrén, Chair, EU Military Committee

Sir Bill Jeffrey, former Permanent Under Secretary, UK Ministry of Defence

Etienne de Durand, Director, Centre for Security Studies at Ifri



H.E Keith McBean, Irish Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee

Lieutenant General David Leakey, former Director General, European Union Military Staff (EUMS)

Alison Kelly, Director for Disarmament and Arms Control, Political Division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Professor Sean Kay, Chair of International Studies and Professor in the Department of Politics and Government, Ohio Wesleyan University

Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation



Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Secretary General, OSCE

H.E. Marie Cross, Irish Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee

Mika-Markus Leinonen, Head of Civilian Crisis Management, Council of the European Union

Lieutenant General Pat Nash, Operational Commander of the EU Peacekeeping Mission in Chad

François Heisbourg, Chair, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Evaldas Ignatavicius, Deputy Foreign Minister of Lithuania

Michael Semple, regional expert on Afghanistan and Pakistan



Nils Daag, Head of Foreign and Security Policy of Sweden, lead nation in the Nordic Battle Group

General Henri Bentégeat, Chair, EU Military Committee

Knut Vollebaek, High Commissioner on National Minorities, OSCE

Dennis Corboy, former EU Ambassador to Georgia

Bruce Schneier, Security Technologist, BT

Sir Roderic Lye, Chair, Chatham House

Alex De Waal, British writer and researcher on African issues



Mohamad El Baradei, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency

Tom McNulty, UK Minister of State for Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing

H.E. Marie Cross, Irish Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee

Professor Bruce Hoffman, Senior Scholar, Princeton University and Senior Fellow, Westpoint Military Academy

Veronica Cody, Head of Civilian Crisis Management, Council of the European Union

Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, Chair of the Conservative Party Security Policy Group and former Chair of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee

Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, Research Director, Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defence Management

Peter Clarke, UK National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations and Head of the Metropolitan Police Force’s Counter Terrorism Command



Minister Willie O’Dea, Minister for Defence

Hans Blix, Chair, WMD Commission

H.E. Paul Kavanagh, Irish Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee

Kimmo Lahdevirta, Head of International Security Policy Unit, Finnish Department of Foreign Affairs

Bard Bredrup Knudsen, Counselor on Security and Defence Policy, Norwegian Mission to the EU

H.E. Nils Daag, Swedish Ambassador to Ireland, former Director of the Swedish Ministry of Defence                                                                                   



Lakdar Brahimi, Special Advisor to Kofi Annan and author of the Brahimi Report on Peacekeeping

Christoph Heusgen, Head of the Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit, Council of the European Union

Robert Cooper, Director General for Politico-Military Affairs, Council of the European Union

Nick Witney, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency

Marc von Bellingham, Head of Crisis Management Unit, European Commission

Heikke Talvitie, EU Special Representative for South Caucasus

Michael Sahlin, former EU Special Representative for FYROM



H.E. Declan Kellegher, Irish Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee

Gij de Vries, Counter-terrorism Coordinator for the EU

Alison Bailes, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Renata Dwan, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Andrew Cotty, Ian Anthony and Shannon Kile, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute



Lisa Brosnan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Europe and NATO Affairs at the Pentagon



Professor Patrick Keatinge, TCD

Bernard Miyet, Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations

Charles Grant, Director, CER



Bill McSweeney, Director of the Peace Studies Programme, Irish School of Ecumenics

Michael Rüle, Senior Planning Officer, NATO

Professor Patrick Keatinge, TCD

Kim Traavik, Head of the Coordination Unit, OSCE

Lieutenant Gerry McMahon, former Chief of Staff of the Permanent Defence Forces



Ulrik Federspiel, Danish Ambassador to Ireland

Larry Butler, US Embassy in Ireland


Sam Brown, Head of US delegation to the OSCE


Eoin O'Keeffe

Eoin O'Keeffe

Researcher eoin.okeeffe@iiea.com
Security and Defence Policy Group

Cillian Moore

Cillian Moore

Junior Researcher cillian.moore@iiea.com
Security and Defence Policy Group