Leadership Team

Perla Bronzi works as a Senior Analyst at NYA, a global risk management consultancy that provides incident response and security services. Her research interests include organised crime and maritime security.








Alice Billon-Galland is a Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network (ELN), where she leads the European Defence programme. Her current work focuses on transatlantic burden-sharing, EU defence initiatives, EU-NATO relations, and French foreign and defence policy. Alice regularly comments on defence issues for international media from Deutsche Welle to Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. She co-hosts the podcast Things That Might Kill Us.

Alice can be followed on Twitter at @AliceBillon 









Ulrike Franke is a Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), working on German and European security and defence, the future of warfare, and the impact of new technologies such as drones and AI. She has published widely on these and other topics, among others in Die ZEIT, FAZ, RUSI Whitehall Papers, Comparative Strategy, War on the Rocks, and regularly appears as commentator in the media. She hosts the German podcast 'Sicherheitshalber'.

Ulrike is on Twitter as @RikeFranke








Armida van Rij is a Policy Researcher at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. She works at the intersection of defence, security, and social policy. Within this area, she has a broad remit: her research ranges from European defence cooperation, to mitigating the threats of improvised explosive devices in the Middle East, and countering violent extremism.

You can follow Armida on Twitter at @armida_lm









Heather 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.

You can follow

Heather on Twitter at @heatherwilly







Associated Members

Sophia Besch is a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER) in Be. She works on European defence issues, with a focus on EU Common Defence and Security Policy, European defence industry cooperation, NATO and German security and defence policy. Sophia also hosts the CER podcast.

Sophia is based in Berlin.

Sophia can be followed on Twitter at @SophiaBesch







Johanna Möhring is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Statecraft and Chercheure Associée at the Centre Thucydide, living and working in Paris and London. She also is the chair of the steering committee currently founding WIIS France. Johanna grapples  with what constitutes power in our world, and how states can exercise it. She is currently conducting a project on military co-operation in Europe, and on the future of military power.

Johanna is based in Paris.

Follow Johanna on Twitter at @MoehringJohanna