European Union Institute for Security Studies

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is the Union’s agency dealing with the analysis of foreign, security and defence policy issues. Its core mission is to assist the EU and its member states in the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as well as other external action of the Union.

The Institute was set up in January 2002 as an autonomous agency under Council Joint Action 2001/554 [now regulated by Council Decision 2014/75/CFSP] to strengthen the EU’s analysis, foresight, and networking capacity in external action. The Institute also acts as an interface between the EU institutions and external experts – including security actors – to develop the EU’s strategic thinking. The EUISS is now an integral part of the structures that underpin the further development of the CFSP/CSDP.

The Institute is funded by the EU member states according to a GNI-based formula. It is governed by a Management Board, chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP). The Political and Security Committee (PSC) exercises political supervision – without prejudice to the intellectual independence and operational autonomy of the EUISS.

The EUISS is headquartered in Paris, France. In 2012, it opened a Liaison Office (BLO) in Brussels situated in the Justus Lipsius building – the main seat of the Council of the EU and of the General Secretariat of the Council. The BLO serves to boost the Institute’s presence and visibility in the home of the EU institutions.

Contact information

European Union Institute for Security Studies – EUISS

European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Paris Headquarters

100, avenue de Suffren
F-75015 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 89 19 30

Brussels Liaison Office

Brussels Liaison Office
Justus Lipsius Building
Rue de la Loi 175
BE-1048 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0)2 231 01 28

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

The team

Gustav Lindstrom
Tel: + 33 (0)1 56 89 19 40
Gustav Lindstrom joined as Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in January 2018. Previously, Dr Lindstrom served as the Head of the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). While at the GCSP, he also served as Head of the Euro-Atlantic Security Programme, Director of the European Training Course, co-chair of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfP-C) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group, and as a member of the Executive Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College. Prior to his tenure at the GCSP, he was a Research Fellow and later a Senior Research Fellow at the EUISS. He has also worked with the RAND Corporation and the World Bank. Dr Lindstrom holds a doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.
  • Emerging Security Challenges
  • European Security and Defence
  • European Foreign Policy