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Alice Pannier

Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies


Alice Pannier is an expert on European security. Her research interests cover security and defense cooperation in Europe, transatlantic relations, and contemporary military interventions, with a particular focus on the defense policies of France, the UK and Germany. Her work has appeared, inter alia, in International Affairs, the Journal of Strategic Studies, European Security, and Global Affairs. She is the author of Rivals in Arms: The Rise of UK-France Defence Relations in the 21st Century (forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press) and is currently preparing a book, co-authored with Olivier Schmitt, on French defense policy since the end of the Cold War (under contract with Routledge).
Pannier is a an Associate Research Fellow at the Security Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations, IFRI. She is also a member of the strategy committee of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) Paris. Prior to joining SAIS, she was postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Strategic Research of the French ministry of Defense (IRSEM, Paris). In France, she has also been involved with the Association for the Study of War and Strategy (AEGES), as as secretary-general of the association and as board member of the European Initiative for Security Studies.
Pannier holds masters’ degrees from King’s College London and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and received her PhD in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris, with joint supervision from King’s College London.

Pannier, A. (2019). European defence cooperation after Brexit: The Politics of Acronyms. Atlantic Community. 

Pannier, A. (2019). To fight another day: France between the fight against terrorism and future warfare. International Affairs,95(4), 897-916.

Pannier, A. (2018). France’s defense partnerships and the dilemmas of Brexit. German Marshall Fund – GMF, Policy Brief, N.022.

Pannier, A. (2017). Operational lessons and cooperation among allies: State of play and avenues for improvement. IRSEM Research Paper. No.48.

Pannier, A. (2017). Macron’s ‘European Intervention Initiative’: More questions than answers. European Leadership Network.

Pannier, A. (2017). Between autonomy and cooperation: The role of allies in France’s new defense strategy. War on the Rocks. 

In French:

Washington, Pékin et Moscou regardent l'Europe... d'assez loin, France Culture, 9 April 2019
Vers la fin du contrôle des armements stratégiques, l'Europe en première ligne, France Culture « Affaires Etrangères », 10 November 2018
De la SDN à l’ONU, un héritage exigeant de la guerre 14-18, Le Monde, 1 November 2018
La France et ses alliés les plus proches: évolutions, opportunités et défis d’un engagement multiple, Les Champs de Mars: Revue d’Etudes sur la Guerre et la Paix, No.30, 2018




  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Western Europe


  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • European Union Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Military Power and Strategy
  • Security and Defense Issues
  • Strategic and Security Issues


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

In the News

Europe's future defence.

Alice Pannier interviewed on Forbes DACH, 5/20

Macron and France's national security policy.

Alice Pannier interviewed on Center for New American Security Brussels Sprouts podcast, 3/20

Macron’s speech on nuclear deterrence.

Alice Pannier interviewed on War on The Rocks The WarCast podcast, 2/7

France and European security.

Alice Pannier interviewed on Center for New American Security Brussels Sprouts podcast, 9/27