Euro-SWAMOS shares the same ambition, goals and approach as the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) organized by the Saltzman Institute at Columbia University: it aims to introduce PhD students and young scholars to terminology, concepts, analytical techniques, and illustrative cases relevant to the analysis of defence and security policies. Across Europe, very few universities provide students with the opportunity to acquire thorough and wide-ranging knowledge in the field of security studies. Such a dearth of opportunities clashes with need for scholars and professionals with advanced understanding of security issues and dynamics within Europe, academia and policy circles. Similar to SWAMOS, Euro-SWAMOS pursues a secondary goal of fostering a network of academics and practicioners to spread informed judgment on defence and security issues within the civilian community.

For the first two-year period, Euro-SWAMOS was funded by the Weise Stiftung, a private German foundation, and supported by the European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS). The programme was directed by Mauro Gilli (ETH Zurich), Marina Henke (Hertie School), and Hugo Meijer (Sciences Po). The most recent edition of Euro-SWAMOS took place at the Hertie School in Berlin from July 9-15, 2023. 

There will be no edition in 2024. Further updates on future editions will be announced on this website.

Euro-SWAMOS 2023

Euro-SWAMOS 2023 - Lecture Schedule

Date Lecturer Topic
July 10 Nina Silove (ETH Zurich) Grand Strategy in Theory and Practice
July 10 Marina Henke (Hertie School) Europe as a Strategic Actor
July 11 Mauro Gilli (ETH Zurich) and Andrea Gilli (NATO Defense College) Air Warfare
July 11 Stephen Brooks (Dartmouth) The Myth of Multipolarity: American Power’s Staying Power
July 12 Julian Wucherpfennig (Hertie School) Civil War, Violence, and Strategy
July 12 Anthony King (University of Warwick) The Evolution of Land Warfare: From the First World War to the Russo-Ukrainian War
July 13 Anita Gohdes (Hertie School) The Role of Cyber in Conflict
July 13 Mauro Gilli (ETH Zurich) and Andrea Gilli (NATO Defense College) Innovation
July 14 Katarzyna Zysk (Norwegian Defence University College) Defense Innovation and Breakthrough Tech in Russia: Status, Ambitions, and the Impact of the War
July 14 Ulrich Kühn (IFSH, University of Hamburg) Why Has Russia Not Used Nuclear Weapons in the Ukraine War (Yet)?
July 15 Aaron Friedberg (Princeton) The Past, Present, and Future of U.S.-China Relations
July 15 Helena Legarda (MERICS) Europe and China: Deciphering De-Risking

Euro-SWAMOS 2023 Photos

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