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 cyber, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction, and the new comprehensive approach to such threats, incorporating diplomatic, military, development and other responses.
Chairs: Ben Tonra, Marie Cross, 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.
Researcher: Cillian Moore