"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on...a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

- President Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Message from our Founders

  • the ability to draft and construct complex but pithy policy papers; 

  • navigating and weighing policy options according to competing weighted criteria;

  • understanding of the domestic British national security architecture and the interplay and overlap with the international security super-structures (Five Eyes and NATO); 

  • understanding the relevance of the international diplomatic and foreign policy super-structure (European Union, United Nations, World Economic Forum, others); 

  • navigating, in real time, changing geopolitical environments, and weighing policy options according to relevant DIMEFIL (diplomatic, information, military, economic, financial, intelligence and law enforcement) criteria of national power; 

  • navigating ever-changing policy issues through different operational architectures (Boyd’s Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) loop model of decision-making, others) 

  • Presenting succinct Policy Briefings before high-level decision-makers. 

  • understanding Pax Americana and the UK's unique role within it

  • understanding the key role of Allies in significant theatres of world order (Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe). 

"The Oxford Diplomacy and Geopolitics Forum was founded in 2017 in order to provide elite opportunities for the next generation of world leaders. We recognised a growing gap between the highly theoretical curriculum of elite academic degrees, and the increasingly practical skills required to succeed in the foreign affairs and international security world. These skills include, for example:


Colonel Mark Radford, PhD, Senior Academic Director, Oxford Diplomacy & Geopolitics Forum & Modern Historian, University of Oxford

We created the Forum to help merge this gap between the worlds of knowledge and practice through bespoke training and networking opportunities. We draw from a rich pool of interdisciplinary talent - from political science, economics, philosophy, and legal scholarship - as well as from a global network of expertise, to tackle today’s complex issues. We invite you to become a part of our vital mission." 

We are committed to integrating the worlds of knowledge and practice by providing supplementary educational opportunities (lectures, conferences, research, and policy trips) for matriculated members of the University of Oxford intellectual community, and for promising young leaders around the world

Board of Advisors

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Nicholas Williams OBE 
former NATO Head of Operations in Afghanistan

Nicholas Williams OBE is a long serving retired member of NATO’s International Staff, most recently as Head of Operations for Afghanistan and Iraq (2009 to 2017). Prior to this Nick served in senior positions in NATO, EU, and British missions in Afghanistan, Bosnia Hercegovina, and Iraq. He is a world-renowned expert on stabilizing post-conflict states. In 2003, he was posted to Iraq by the UK Ministry of Defence as a senior Civilian Adviser to the British Forces, and again from 2004 until 2005. During this time, he played a prime role in establishing the first post-Saddam Provincial Council in Basra, Iraq. In previous years, Williams delivered the plenary opening lecture for our Summer Programme, entitled "Challenges for NATO in the Post-Brexit and President Trump Era." Williams has also participated in panel discussions on campus at Magdalen College, Oxford. He will be offering two lectures during the 2022 Summer Programme, one on Afghanistan and one on Ukraine and the Russian war in Ukraine. 


Lecturers & Faculty 


David Hobbs
CEO, Atlantic Treaty Association of the UK / Secretary General Emeritus, NATO Parliamentary Assembly

David Hobbs is the CEO of the Atlantic Treaty Association of the United Kingdom, and the chair of the Atlantic Treaty Association’s Advisory Group. David was the Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) from January 2008 until December 2019. As Secretary General of the NATO PA he had overall responsibility for advising the Assembly’s political leadership, an extensive programme of policy research, and up to 40 activities a year for the Assembly’s 60 member and non-member delegations consisting of over 400 parliamentarians. He joined the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in 1983 as Director of the Science and Technology Committee. He was one of the key personnel involved in the Assembly’s adaptation to the post-Cold War environment which has included parliamentary outreach and training programmes, assistance with security sector reform, and the integration of non-member parliaments into the Assembly’s activities. From 1996 to 2007 he served as the Chairman of the Euro-Atlantic Foundation, and from 2009 to 2014 he was a member of the Senior Steering Group for NATO’s Special Operations Headquarters. David will offer a lecture on the Madrid Summit during the 2022 Summer Programme. 


Ambassador Piotr Wilczek
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek was born in Chorzów, Poland on 26 April 1962. He received his MA, PhD and Habilitation (postdoctoral) degrees from the University of Silesia in Katowice and conducted his postgraduate research/training at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s College), University of East Anglia (The British Centre for Literary Translation) and the University of London (The Warburg Institute). In 2006, he was awarded the title of Professor of Humanities by the President of the Republic of Poland. Between 2016 and 2021, as Poland’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Ambassador Wilczek was extensively involved in promoting and strengthening transatlantic relations, especially in the areas of defence, energy and trade. In 2020, he received the Amicus Oeconomiae award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland for his achievements in supporting and protecting the economic interests of Polish enterprises in foreign markets. On 22 December 2021, he was appointed Poland’s Ambassador to the Court of St James’s and began his mission in London on 15 February 2022. Before joining the foreign service, Ambassador Wilczek taught at the University of Warsaw as a tenured professor. From 2009 to 2016, he served as the Director of the University's Collegium Artes Liberales, an innovative college of liberal arts and sciences. From 2002 to 2008, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Philology at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Ambassador Wilczek has been a coordinator and expert in numerous international research projects, a visiting professor and guest speaker at leading European and American universities (including Oxford, Zurich, Bologna, Harvard, Boston College, Rice University and the University of Chicago) and a panellist at prestigious conferences, including the Aspen Security Forum, the US STRATCOM Deterrence Symposium and the Wroclaw Global Forum. He has held numerous managerial positions in state, local government, non-governmental and academic institutions and organised over a dozen international conferences. He is also an editor and author of numerous books and articles. In 2017, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Cleveland State University. Over the last 25 years, he has been actively establishing and developing international contacts between various institutions and promoting international cultural and economic cooperation.


Prof. Tom Simpson
University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government / Co-director of Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme at the University of Oxford 

Tom Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School, and a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College. He was educated at Cambridge, where he was also previously a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College. Between degrees he served as an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos, with tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. His research focuses on a variety of issues in moral and political philosophy—especially on trust; issues around technology and security, such as the ethics of autonomous weapons, cyber-attacks, and the use of unconventional force; and on the nature of freedom. He co-edited a collection of essays, The Philosophy of Trust (Oxford University Press, 2017), and his first monograph, Trust, is in press (OUP). He has given evidence to UK Parliamentary committees on its drone policy, the balance between privacy and security in surveillance, the ethics of autonomous weapon systems, and on legislation in support of academic freedom, having co-authored an influential report on the topic, Academic freedom in the UK: Protecting viewpoint diversity (Policy Exchange 2020). He co-directs the Master of Public Policy and directs the Military Leadership and Judgment Programme, both at the Blavatnik School. Tom will offer a lecture on the ethics of autonomous weapons systems. 


Dr. Peter Berkowitz  
Director of Policy Planning, US State Department (2019-2021)

Dr. Peter Berkowitz served as the Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, executive secretary of the department's Commission on Unalienable Rights, and senior adviser to the Secretary of State (2019-21). Peter serves as the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and as director of studies for The Public Interest Fellowship. He is the author of several books and multiple collections, as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews. In addition to teaching regularly in the United States and Israel, Dr. Berkowitz has led seminars on the principles of freedom and the American constitutional tradition for students from Burma at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and for Korean students at Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at George Mason University School of Law from 1999 to 2006, and political philosophy in the department of government at Harvard University from 1990 to 1999. He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University, and an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During the Summer Programme, Dr. Berkowitz will lecture on the two major reports produced by the State Department under his watch: the “Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights”, as well as “The Elements of the China Challenge” (on the United States’ response to the China challenge). 


The Hon. Prof. Jacek Czaputowicz 
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland (2018-20)

Professor Jacek Czaputowicz served as Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Poland from January 2018 to August 2020 in the government of Mateusz Morawiecki. Previously, he served as the deputy chairman of the Public Service Council (2007–2009), the Administrative Board of the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht (2006–2010) and the Public Service Council of the Polish Prime Minister (2007–2009). In the years 2008–2012 he was the director of the National School of Public Administration. In his youth, Czaputowicz was a pro-democracy activist under then-Soviet occupied Poland. For his activity at the Independent Students' Association and the Freedom and Peace Movement (WiP), he was imprisoned in February 1986 and released in September 1986 under amnesty. He coordinated the WiP's foreign relations and maintained contacts with the democratic opposition in the GDR, Czechoslovakia and Hungary and was one of the initiators and signatories of the Helsinki Memorandum. In 1978 Czaputowicz collaborated with the Workers' Defence Committee (KOR) and the Students' Solidarity Committee in Warsaw. in the years 1978-1980 he ran a library of underground publications. In December 1988, he became a member of the Solidarity Citizens' Committee. He advocated the withdrawal of the Soviet army and the introduction of democracy in Poland and the unification of Eastern and Western Europe. 


Dr. Melanie Garson
Tony Blair Institute/ University College London

Dr Melanie Garson is a lecturer in International Conflict Resolution and International Security in the Department of Political Science at University College London, where she currently teaches courses in “Cyberwarfare to Robots: The Future of Conflict in the Digital Age”, & “International Negotiation.” She is also the Cyber Policy Lead at the Tony Blair Institute as part of a team building optimistic, radical and pragmatic tech policy to address global societal challenges.

Melanie’s work focuses on the impacts, governance and regulation of new and emerging technologies, such as cyber operations, AI driven technologies, information warfare and nanotechnology on international security and diplomacy. She also explores the role of negotiation in resolving complex tech disputes, and the use of new technologies in negotiation practice and pedagogy.  Melanie is an accredited mediator and prior to joining UCL worked as a solicitor in the International Disputes department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, covering Public International Law, International Arbitration, and International Corporate Investigations, as well as teaching mediation and negotiation techniques. She will offer lectures on Cyberwarfare and a workshop on “Negotiation & Conflict Resolution” during the 2022 Summer Programme.


John Woodcock, Baron Walney 
Her Majesty's Government Advisor on Political Violence & Disruption / Crossbench peer, House of Lords / UK Trade Envoy

John Zak Woodcock, Baron Walney, is a British politician and life peer who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Barrow and Furness from 2010 to 2019. He has sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords since 2021, previously sitting as a non-affiliated peer, and was a member of the Labour Party and Co-operative Party until 2018. A member of a parliamentary group named The Independents towards the end of his term in the House of Commons, he endorsed the Conservatives at the 2019 general election. Prior to his election to Parliament, Woodcock was a political adviser who worked as an aide to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He served as a Shadow Transport Minister from 2010 to 2013 under opposition leader Ed Miliband, and briefly as a Shadow Education Minister in 2015 under Harriet Harman. Woodcock was appointed to the Lords in 2020, and became an Independent Adviser on Political Violence and Disruption to the UK Government later in the same year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed him as UK Trade Envoy to Tanzania in 2021. Lord Woodcock will offer a lecture on counter-extremism.


Michael Shipster CMG OBE 
former Director of Middle East & Africa, British Foreign Office 

On graduating in 1972 from St Edmund Hall in Politics, Economics and Philosophy, Michael worked as an economist in newly independent Botswana under the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme. After taking several months to return to Britain overland by motorcycle (via East Africa, India and Afghanistan), Michael took a post-graduate degree in development economics at the University of East Anglia. In 1977 Michael joined the British Foreign Office, where his overseas postings included the Soviet Union 1981-83 during the Cold War, South Africa during the transition to democracy 1990-94, and the USA in the aftermath of 9/11 and the war in Iraq 2004-07. Among his London-based postings, Michael was Director for the Middle East and Africa 2001-04. In 1990 Michael was awarded the OBE for his services in India; and in 2003 the CMG for services in the Middle East. After retirement from the FCO Michael joined Rolls-Royce plc as International Director, responsible for the company’s overseas offices, supporting sales, business development and corporate strategy. Michael will offer a lecture and panel discussion on the Middle East & Africa during the 2022 Programme.


Maj. Gen. Jonathan Shaw CB CBE 
former Commander of British Forces in Iraq

Major General Jonathan Shaw served on the front-line in the British Army for three decades before moving to Whitehall and the Ministry of Defence. He has led everything from disaster relief efforts to counter-terrorism, and became the first military officer charged with leading the UK’s cyber defences.He has commanded at every level up to 2*, including 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (1997-9), 12 (Mechanized) Brigade, Multinational Brigade (Centre) in Kosovo, and the Multi-National Division (South East) in Iraq (2007). Maj. Gen. Shaw has offered lectures on the history and politics of the Middle East ("Peace in the Middle East? Don’t Hold your breath!” The Challenges of Middle Eastern Geopolitics") during previous iterations of our Summer Programme.


Colonel Dr. Mark Radford 
University of Oxford / Senior Academic Director, Oxford Diplomacy and Geopolitics Forum

Col. Dr. Mark Radford teaches Modern History at the University of Oxford, and has lectured broadly on Counter Terrorism, Middle Eastern security, and Irish History. A former member of the regular British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary, he is an expert practitioner in counter-terrorism deployed in numerous conflict zones around the world. Dr. Radford uniquely merges the worlds of theory and practice. His latest academic work on the history of counter-terrorism in Ireland, The Policing of Belfast 1870-1914, was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. In previous years, Dr. Radford teaches seminars on "Counter-Terrorism: Theory and Practice" and "Islamist Terrorism: History and Primer" during our Summer Programmes. Dr. Radford serves as the Senior Academic Director of the ODGF.


Colonel Piotr Gąstał 
former Commander, GROM (Polish Special Forces) 

Col. Gąstał served as commander of GROM (Polish special forces) from 2011 to 2016, and has since provided timely operational and strategic analysis of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He was one of the original soldiers of GROM, when it was formed in 1990 with training provided by the US Army Delta Force and the British SAS, Special Air Service. Col. Gąstał held a number of positions in the reconnaissance, operational and combat teams in GROM and took part in its key missions around the world from 1991 to 2006. In 1994, he took part in the 'Restore Democracy' operation in Haiti. In 1996 he took part in the UN’s UNTAES mission in Slavonia (Croatia). He participated in the 1997 operation to capture Slavek Dokmanovic (Operation Little Flower). Also took part in the mission in Kosovo. In 2003, Col. Gąstał participated in the operation "Iraqi Freedom" as an operational officer, he cooperated with the US Navy Seals and Army Special Forces. Upon his return from Iraq in 2004, he was entrusted with establishing the Air Fire Assistance Guidance Group (JTAC). He took part in coordinating GROM's cooperation with foreign partners. He has been awarded many times for his service, incl. in 1998 with the "Cross of Merit for Bravery", “The Star of Iraq”, “The Medal of Merit for the Police”, “The Medal ‘Pro Patria’ (2012)”, The honorary badge "Meritorious for Polish Culture". Col. Gąstał will offer a lecture and workshop on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, understanding Russia’s strategic and operational capabilities, and on GROM training of Ukraine soldiers.  

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Benedict Rogers 
Human Rights Advocate / Human Rights Commission

Benedict Rogers is a British human rights activist and journalist based in London. His work focuses on Asia, specialising particularly on China, Hong Kong, Burma, North Korea and Indonesia. He is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Huffington Post and has appeared on BBC, CNN, and Sky. Rogers regularly briefs senior Government ministers, UK Members of Parliament, the European Union, United Nations officials, US Congressional offices and the State Department on human rights in Asia. He has also testified in hearings at the House of Commons, the European Parliament, the National Diet of Japan and the United States Congress. He is the co-founder and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party's human rights commission. Rogers has lectured on North Korea/ China & Human Rights issues during previous iterations of the Summer Programme.

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Dr. Ewelina Ochab 
International Human Rights Lawyer 

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab is a human rights advocate who focuses on the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities,  including the Daesh genocide in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram atrocities in West Africa, the situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and of the Uyghurs in China. Ochab has written over 30 reports for the UN (including Universal Periodic Review reports) and has made oral and written submissions at the Human Rights Council, the UN Forum on Minority Issues, and PACE. Ochab authored the initiative and proposal to establish the UN International Day Commemorating Victims and Survivors of Religious Persecution. The initiative has led to the establishment of the UN International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief on August 22. Dr. Ochab delivered lectures on "ISIS/Daesh and Human Rights" during previous iterations of our Summer Programme.

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Padraig Belton
University of Oxford / BBC News 

Padraig Belton is the Chairman of the Westminster Strategic Studies Group (WSSG). He is a graduate of Oxford University and a renowned journalist. He contributes regularly to BBC News, S&P, The Spectator, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Irish Times, Telegraph, Independent, the Irish Independent, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, Prospect, and Foreign Policy. He is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Terrorism and Cyber Security, and tutors regularly at the University of Oxford. Among his specialist subjects are: Cyber Security, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arab world, Northern Ireland, UK and Irish Politics, and Paramilitaries. Belton has lectured on populism, cyber-security, and "fake news" during previous iterations of the Summer Programme, and will return to offer the same lecture during the 2022 iteration of the Programme. 

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Robert Baines
President, NATO Association of Canada 

Robert Baines is President and CEO of the NATO Association of Canada where he is focused on communicating the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to Canadians ( The Association is a charitable NGO which hosts events across Canada, publishes hundreds of articles online every year and engages young Canadians about NATO through social media. Robert is a commentator on NATO issues in the Canadian media and regularly participates on panels discussing security and defence. He has represented the NATO Association at the side conferences of the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016, the NATO Brussels Summit in 2018 and the 2019 NATO Leaders’ Meeting in London. He received a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and History from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and an M.A. in History from York University. Robert is also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and has received the Canadian Forces Decoration.

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The Hon. John Baird PC 
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

A native of Ottawa, John Baird spent three terms as a Canadian Member of Parliament and four years as Foreign Minister of Canada. He also served as President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. In 2010, he was selected by Members of Parliament from all parties as Parliamentarian of the Year. Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Baird spent ten years in the Ontario Legislature where he served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Energy, and Government House Leader. In partnership with the London-based Pinsker Centre think tank, we were pleased to host Mr. Baird for campus seminars and lectures at Brasenose College and Magdalen College, Oxford.


Sir Antony Brenton KCMG 
Former British Ambassador to Russia

Sir Anthony “Tony” Brenton worked for 30 years for the Foreign Office. He was posted in 2001 to Washington dealing with the consequences of 9/11, the Afghanistan war and the Iraq war. In 2004 he was posted to Moscow as Ambassador where he has had to manage Britain’s turbulent relations with Russia over the past few years. He was awarded a KCMG in 2007. He became a Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge in 2009 and is writing a book on Russian history. Sir Brenton gave a plenary lecture during a previous iteration of our summer programme (held in partnership with the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom) on Russian-Western relations. 


Dr. Jamie Shea CMG 
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Dr. Jamie Patrick Shea CMG was Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium until his retirement in late September 2018.  Dr Shea is Member of the Advisory Board, Security and Defence Programmes at Chatham House, Member of the Policy Council at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Founder and Member of the Board, Security and Defence Agenda Brussels. He also is a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs and on public diplomacy and political communication and lobbying. He holds a DPhil in Modern History from Oxford University (Lincoln College), 1981. Dr. Shea spoke at our 2017 conference, held in partnership with the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom. 

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William 'Bill' Kristol
American Political Commentator

William 'Bill' Kristol is an American neoconservative writer, a frequent commentator on several networks including CNN, he was the founder and editor-at-large of the political magazine The Weekly Standard. Kristol is now editor-at-large of The Bulwark. A founder and director of the advocacy organization Defending Democracy Together — responsible for such projects as Republicans for the Rule of Law, Republican Voters Against Trump and Republicans Against Putin. In partnership with the London-based Pinsker Centre think tank, we were pleased to host Mr. Kristol for a campus seminar at Wadham College, Oxford. 

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Prof. Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins 
Yale University

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is a historian of modern political and intellectual thought with a specific focus on Europe and the world from the Cold War to the present.  He primarily concentrates on such topics as liberalism, conservatism, populism, secularism, religion and the Global Cold War. He is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. Previously, Prof. Steinmetz-Jenkins taught at Yale University, at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. He has also taught at UC Berkeley, Sciences Po Paris, Columbia University. Prof. Steinmetz-Jenkins has delivered lectures on "American Foreign Policy: Trump versus Obama and Bush" and "American Right-wing Populism: History and Significance" during previous iterations of our summer programme. 


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Christian Davies  
The Guardian

Christian Davies is a writer and journalist, and a former parliamentary researcher in the UK House of Commons. He is The Guardian’s foreign correspondent based in Warsaw, from where he writes frequently on politics, foreign affairs, and the impact of history on both. His pieces on Poland, Slovakia, and Eastern Europe have recently garnered international acclaim. Davies has fast established himself as an expert commentator on the rising right-wing populism across Europe, and in Eastern Europe in particular. He also writes for Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, the New Statesman, and Gazeta Wyborcza. He is the author of the recently-released and critically-acclaimed report, “Hostile Takeover: How Law and Justice Captured Poland’s Courts,” published for and by Freedom House. Davies has offered lectures on populism and the media during previous iterations of the Summer Programme. 


Lt. Col. Luis Carvalho  
European Union Military Training Group 

Lt. Col. Luis Salomão de Carvalho is a Signal Corps Army Officer and Project Manager of the NATO Smart Defence “Multinational Project on Cyber Defence Education and Training (MNCDE&T)” as well as the National Co-Leader at the European Union Military Training Group - Cyber Defence Discipline. He has been involved in several research projects and Cyber related working groups namely as Staff Officer at Army Staff HQ, in Lisbon, Portugal, and as Staff Officer and Military Assistant of the Portuguese Military Representative to NATO and EU, in Brussels. Lt. Col Carvalho presided over Marshall Brief Presentations during previous iterations of the Summer Programme, and delivered a lecture "NATO Challenges and Opportunities: A View from the Cyber World."


Jonathan Paris 
Atlantic Council (Washington, D.C.)

Jonathan Paris is a London-based Senior Advisor to the Chertoff Group where he shares his expertise across a wide range of research interests that include the Middle East, US-China relations, transatlantic relations, international security, non-proliferation and counterterrorism. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. He is also a former Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Jonathan is the author of two monographs, "Prospects for Pakistan and Prospects for Iran" (Legatum Institute, London), co-author of “Beyond Sectarianism: Geopolitics, Fragmentation, and the Syrian Civil War” in Strategic Assessment (INSS, 2014) and co-editor, "The Politics of Post-Suharto Indonesia" (Brookings, 1998). Paris has lectured on the strategic threat of Iran in the Middle East, as well as US-China relations, during previous Summer Programmes. 


Prof. Alan Lee Williams OBE 
Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom

Alan Lee Williams is the President of the Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom, the former President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, a British Labour Party politician, writer and visiting professor of politics at Queen Mary University. An instrumental figure in British politics during the Cold War, Williams was Chairman of Peace through NATO, during the question over the Pershing Cruise Missile Deployment. He was elected President of the Atlantic Treaty Association in 2000, serving until 2003, and from 2007 held the title of Honorary Vice-President for Life at the Atlantic Council. He is Chairman of a number of major charities including Transport on Water Association and the Sir William Beveridge Foundation. Alan Lee Williams has written and contributed to several books and articles.  Williams has lectured on the "Old Cold War vs. New Cold War" during previous iterations of the Oxford Security Conference.


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