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Heather Williams, Lecturer, Center for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) and the Defence Studies Department at King's College London

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 9.34.46 AMHeather Williams is a Lecturer in the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) and the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. Her research focuses on strategic stability, arms control, and trust-building in international relations, and she is a co-convenor of the Master’s programme on Arms Control and International Security in the School for Security Studies. Until January 2015, Heather was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy at Chatham House and led projects on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Initiative. Dr. Williams completed her PhD, “Negotiated Trust: U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Control, 1968-2010”, in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London in December 2014. She has worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses and the U.S. Department of Defense. She has a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies from Boston University, and an MA in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University. Her most recent publications include, “The Nuclear Education of Donald J. Trump” (with Jeffrey Michaels) in Contemporary Security Policy and “Why a Nuclear Weapons Ban is Unethical (For Now): NATO and the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Initiative”, in the RUSI Journal.

Sophia Besch, Research Fellow, Center for European Reform (CER)

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Sophia Besch is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER), a London-based Think Tank. Her research focuses on EU Common Security and Defence policy, European defence industry integration, NATO, and German foreign and security policy. She is also the host of the CER Podcast. Before joining the CER, Sophia was a Carlo Schmid fellow at the Policy Planning Unit at NATO HQ and worked as a research assistant for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. Sophia studied politics and law at the University of Münster, and holds an MA in International Security from SciencesPo Paris and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her most recent publications include “EU defence, Brexit and Trump – the good, the bad and the ugly” and “Berlin to the rescue? A closer look at the German position on Brexit”, for the CER.


Perla Bronzi 

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 9.39.00 AMPerla Bronzi works for a global risk management consultancy that provides incident response and security services. Her research interests include organized crime and maritime security.


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