Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zürich

Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zürich

 

The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zürich is a center of competence for Swiss and
international security policy. It offers security policy expertise in research, teaching, and consulting
activities.
The CSS promotes understanding of security policy challenges as a contribution to a more peaceful
world. Its work is independent, practice-​relevant, and based on a sound academic footing. It
combines research and policy consultancy and, as such, functions as a bridge between academia and
practice. It trains highly qualified junior researchers and serves as a point of contact and information
for the interested public.

Contact information

Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zürich

Haldeneggsteig 4, IFW
CH-8092 Zürich
Switzerland

POINT OF CONTACT 

Névine Schepers

Senior Researcher

Email: nevine.schepers@sipo.gess.ethz.ch 

The team

 

Contacts Resume Speciality

Dr. Alexander K. Bollfrass

Senior Researcher

alexander.bollfrass@sipo.gess.ethz.ch

Dr. Alexander K. Bollfrass is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. He was previously a Stanton nuclear security postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

 

Alex was a nuclear weapons policy researcher at the Washington-based Arms Control Association and Stimson Center, before earning a Ph.D. in security studies from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

 

One part of his archival research agenda compares how well intelligence agencies perform in assessing other countries’ nuclear programs. Another part investigates hidden barriers to the spread of nuclear technologies. In parallel, Alex explores how climate affects civil wars and the ethical dilemmas of serving the security state.

  • Nuclear weapons
  • Arms control
  • Non-proliferation
  • Diplomacy
  • Verification
  • Climate change/civil war

Dr. Mauro Gilli

Senior Researcher

mauro.gilli@sipo.gess.ethz.ch

Mauro Gilli is a Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security. Before joining CSS, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Dickey Center, Dartmouth College.

His research interests include security studies, military innovations, political economy of national security, and asymmetric wars. He is currently working on a book manuscript whose provisional title is “Military-Technological Superiority: Explaining Failure and Success in Industrial Espionage, Reverse Engineering and Imitation of Advanced Weapon Systems.” He received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2015.

  • Security studies
  • Military technologies
  • Military innovation

Dr. Stephen Herzog

Senior Researcher

stephen.herzog@sipo.gess.ethz.ch

Dr. Stephen Herzog is Senior Researcher in Nuclear Arms Control at the ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies. He is also a member of the Uppsala University Alva Myrdal Centre for Nuclear Disarmament Working Group on Negotiations and co-chairs the Beyond Nuclear Deterrence Working Group for the Harvard University Project on Managing the Atom. 

He has published widely in venues ranging from International Security, the Nonproliferation Review, and Survival to Arms Control Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the Financial Times. A former U.S. Department of Energy nuclear arms control official and Federation of American Scientists researcher, Stephen holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.

  • Arms Control
  • Non-Proliferation
  • Disarmament
  • Verification
  • Public Opinion

Dr. Dominika Kunertova

Senior Researcher

dominika.kunertova@sipo.gess.ethz.ch

Dr. Dominika Kunertova joined CSS’s Global Security Team in June 2020 as Senior Researcher, where she reads, writes, and comments on the geopolitics of emerging and disruptive technologies, military robotics, and transatlantic security and defence cooperation. She was also a NATO Partner Country Director of the “Vulnerabilities of the Drone Age” project, funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme in 2020-21. 

Before think-tanking at CSS, she conducted strategic foresight at NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, supported capability development at NATO HQ in Brussels, and mapped the European military drone landscape at Center for War Studies in Denmark. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Université de Montréal in Canada.

  • Emerging and disruptive technologies
  • Dronization of armed forces
  • Anticipatory arms control 
  • Defence economics

Ms. Névine Schepers

Senior Researcher

nevine.schepers@sipo.gess.ethz.ch

Névine Schepers is a Senior Researcher in the Swiss and Euro-Atlantic Security Team at the Center for Security

Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. She is also co-editor of the monthly policy brief series CSS Analyses in Security Policy.

 

Before joining the CSS in 2020, Névine worked at the London-based think tanks the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and VERTIC on non-proliferation and nuclear policy. She holds a Dual Master’s Degree in European and Asian Affairs from the universities of Sciences Po in Paris and Fudan in Shanghai.

  • Nuclear weapons 
  • Arms control
  • Non-proliferation
  • Disarmament
  • East Asia

Dr. Oliver Thränert

Head of Think Tank

oliver.thraenert@sipo.gess.ethz.ch

Oliver Thränert is head of think tank at the Center for Security Studies (CSS). He also is “Non-Resident Senior Fellowˮ at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik). Oliver Thränert studied Political Science, Modern History and Sociology and received his Doctorate from the Technical University of Braunschweig/Germany in 1986. 

 

From 1986 to 2001, Oliver Thränert served in the Research Institute of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn (until 1999) and Berlin as a political analyst. In 2001, he joined the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)) in Berlin, where he chaired the Research Group for International Security from 2002 to 2008. In addition, he lectured at the TU Darmstadt (1990 to 1994) and the Free University Berlin (2002) and was a visiting scholar at Queen’s University in Kingston/Ontario (1991).

  • Nuclear weapons
  • Chemical/biological weapons
  • Arms control
  • Disarmament
  • Non-proliferation