European Union Institute for Security Studies

EUISS (France)

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is a Paris-based agency of the European Union, operating under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Its goals are to find a common security culture for the EU, to help develop and project the CFSP, and to enrich Europe’s strategic debate.
The board of the EUISS is chaired by Catherine Ashton High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The EUISS is an autonomous agency with full intellectual freedom. As a think tank it researches security issues of relevance for the EU and provides a forum for debate. In its capacity as an EU agency, it also offers analyses and forecasting to the Council of the European Union.

Contact information

European Union Institute for Security Studies - EUISS

43, avenue du Président Wilson
75775 PARIS CEDEX 16

Tel: +33 (0) 156 89 19 30
Fax: +33 (0) 156 89 19 31

The team

Álvaro de Vasconcelos - Director
Tel: + 33 (0)1 56 89 19 40


Alvaro de Vasconcelos (Portuguese) has been Director of the EU ISS since May 2007. 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.


  • The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  • Euro-Mediterranean relations
  • World order

Jean-Pascal Zanders - Research fellow
Tel: +33 (01) 56 89 19 34


Jean-Pascal Zanders (Belgian) has been a Research fellow at the EUISS since 2008. Before joining the Institute, Jean-Pascal Zanders was Project Leader of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 1996-2003, and Director of the BioWeapons Prevention Project (BWPP), Geneva, 2003-2008.


  • WMD non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Space armament/disarmament
  • Cyber-security
  • Non-conventional terrorism