Luis Simón

Director of the Elcano Royal Institute’s Office in Brussels and Senior Analyst
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Luis Simón is Senior Analyst and Director of the Elcano Royal Institute’s Brussels Office, in addition of being Research Professor of International Relations at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of London, and a MA in European Studies from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).  He has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Columbia and Johns Hopkins, the Royal United Services Institute (London), the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Paris) and the EU Institute for Security Studies, among others. He also is or has been a visiting professor at the NATO School, the European Security and Defence College, l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the US Army War College, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the Baltic Defence College, among others. His articles have been published in prestigious journals, such as International AffairsThe Journal of Strategic StudiesGeopoliticsOrbisSurvivalThe RUSI JournalComparative StrategyParameters and The International Spectator. He is furthermore a co-founder and senior editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy, and a member of the editorial board of Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly.


  • Seminar ‘NATO and European-ROK global cooperation on security’ (2023)
  • Round table “Ukraine, one year later” (2023)
  • A new strategic environment: NATO and MENA (2022)
  • Roundtable "The Ukraine war and the future of NATO’s Strategic Concept" (2022)
  • First Elcano Royal Institute - Chatham House Seminar (2022)
  • Roundtable "Ukraine and the future of the international order" (2022)
  • Working breakfast on ‘The future of Europe’s global presence’ with Iliana Olivié (2016)

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