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The Project Team

Professor Christoph Meyer

Christoph Meyer is a Professor of European and International Politics in the Department of European and International Studies and Vice-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy. He has worked extensively on European foreign and security policy and chairs a research group on European Foreign Policy at King’s.

Previously, he led the FORESIGHT project on early warning and conflict prevention and was workpackage leader on an EU-funded project on the media and violent conflict ( He has been active in policy debates through opinion pieces published in the Financial Times, the Guardian and the International Herald Tribune.

Professor Michael Goodman

Michael S. Goodman is a Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs in the Department of War Studies, King's College London and a Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School and at Sciences Po in Paris.  He has published widely in the field of intelligence history, including most recently The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis (Routledge, 2015), which was chosen as one of The Spectator’s books of the year. 

He is series editor for ‘Intelligence and Security’ for Hurst/Columbia University Press and for ‘Intelligence, Surveillance and Secret Warfare’ for Edinburgh University Press. Michael is also a member of the editorial boards for five journals. He has recently finished a secondment to the Cabinet Office, where he has been the Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume II will be published in 2019. 

Dr Nikki Ikani

Nikki Ikani completed her PhD at King's College London in 2017 with a thesis on EU foreign policy change, exploring how it is possible to improve our conceptualisation of foreign policy change and the various forms it may take using a novel historical institutionalist approach. She holds a Master's degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris (2012) and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, which was awarded cum laude in 2010.

Nikki's main research interests are European Union Foreign Policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy, foreign policy analysis and policy change. In 2016, she won the LSE Dahrendorf Essay Competition with an essay on the EU’s response to the Ukraine crisis. Her most recent article, “Change and Continuity in the European Neighbourhood Policy: The Ukraine Crisis as a Critical Juncture” was published in Geopolitics in 2018. Nikki equally regularly writes for non-academic media outlets in English, Dutch and French. 

Dr Aviva Guttmann

Aviva Guttmann recently published a monograph entitled The Origins of International Counterterrorism, in which she analyses how Switzerland and other governments reacted to terrorist attacks, their efforts to institutionalize international collaboration in the area of internal security, and the establishment of a Western counterterrorism intelligence-sharing framework (1969-1977). Her recent articles have appeared in the International History Review, Secret Wires Across the Mediterranean, and in Intelligence and National Security, Combatting terror in Europe. Before joining KCL, she held a postdoctoral position at the Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies in Bologna (SAIS Europe). Her research has been supported by numerous grants and awards, which includes a PhD excellence award and a prestigious postdoctoral research fellowship from the SNSF. She complements the project’s team expertise through her research specialisation on international terrorism, EU intelligence-sharing, and foreign policy analysis.


Dr Eva Michaels

Eva Michaels holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London (2016). She has subsequently worked as a Teaching Fellow in European Foreign Policy at KCL and contributed to an EU-funded research project on the role of the media in violent conflict (INFOCORE). Most recently, Eva has worked as a freelance foreign policy and conflict analyst – among others for the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Oxford Analytica. Earlier experience included working with think tanks in Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin, Vienna and Johannesburg.

Eva’s research focuses on the theory and practice of foreign policy, with special emphasis on the security and Africa policies of the UK, France, Germany and the EU. She is also interested in the production and utility of intelligence assessments in response to violent conflicts. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies and Media, War & Conflict, among others. Eva also regularly writes for non-academic audiences.