European Union Institute for Security Studies

EUISS (France)

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is the Union’s agency dealing with the analysis of foreign, security and defence policy issues. The Institute was set up in January 2002 as an autonomous agency under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) to foster a common security culture for the EU, support the elaboration and projection of its foreign policy, and enrich the strategic debate inside and outside Europe. Based in Paris, with a Liaison Office in Brussels, the EUISS is now an integral part of the new structures that underpin the further development of the CFSP/CSDP. The Institute’s core mission is to provide analyses and fora for discussion that can be of use and relevance to the formulation of EU policy. In carrying out that mission, it also acts as an interface between European experts and decision-makers at all levels. The Institute is funded by the EU member states according to a GNI-based formula. It is governed by a Board, chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP), which lays down its budgetary and administrative rules and approves its work programme. The Political and Security Committee (PSC) exercises political supervision – without prejudice to the intellectual independence and operational autonomy of the EUISS.

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
+33 (0)1 5689 1930

Brussels Liaison Office

Justus Lipsius Building, 175,
rue de la Loi, 00-FG-14, 1048, Brussels, Belgium
+32 (0)2 231 0128


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

The team

Álvaro de Vasconcelos - Director
Tel: + 33 (0)1 56 89 19 40


Alvaro de Vasconcelos (Portuguese) has been Director of the EU ISS since May 2007. Prior to this, he headed the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (IEEI) in Lisbon, of which he is a co-founder, from 1981 to 2007 where he launched several networks including the Euro-Latin American Forum and EuroMeSCo.


  • The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  • Euro-Mediterranean relations
  • World order

Gustav Lindstrom - Director

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