International Relations and Security Network

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International Relations and Security Network (IRSN) is a website "monitoring" security issues purportedly from the top Swiss university (ETH). However, the selection of topics and events raises many questions. Jeffrey Blankfort stated: "This outfit has direct ties to the American Jewish Committee's TransAtlantic Institute if it is not a creation of the AJC."[1] Although this is not entirely likely, it is composed of a myriad of academic, governmental, and non-governmental institutes, think tanks and networks. The Network is linked to NATO and provides the search service for the NATO website.[2]


Center for Security Studies (CSS) Management
Andreas Wenger - Director and ISN Executive Director Victor Mauer - Deputy Director  
ISN Management
Henrik Gudat - General Manager Gregory Rowling - Chief Operating Officer 
Master of Advanced Studies in Security Policy and Crisis Management (MAS SPCM)
Michel Hess - Head of Studies and Training Silvia Azzouzi-Staubli - MAS Course Coordinator 
ISN Coordination Group
Timo Staub - Strategy Officer Sean Costigan - Director of Strategic Initiatives, North America Jennifer Gassmann - Project Assistant
ISN Business Development/Outreach Team
Daniel Egloff - Project and Outreach Coordinator Miriam Cias - Project and Training Coordinator Sara Leuenberger - PR and Marketing Coordinator
Sonja Huster - Graphic Designer  
ISN Content Team
Chris Pallaris - Executive Editor Vivian Brailey Fritschi - Managing Editor, Deputy Executive Editor Patricia Moser - Chief Editor
Jonathan S Landau - Head of Information Services Linda Popova - Editor, Chief Knowledge Officer Merim Razbaeva - Editor, RES Project Manager (PMP)
Jen Alic - Security Watch Editor in Chief Rashunda Tramble - Copy Editor, Security Watch Managing Editor Andrew Thompson - Editor, Thesaurus Coordinator
Leo Niedermann - Editor, Project Coordinator Matthias Pintsch - Editor Deborah Kaithan-Lopez - Editor, ISN Internship Coordinator
Myriam Käser - Editor, Links Directory Coordinator Cristina Viehmann - Editor, Events Calendar Coordinator Ken Egli - Editor, PRIA Coordinator
Lise Rechsteiner - Editor, Content Classification System Coordinator Christoph Buehler - Editor Emilie Boillat - Editor
Sara Elmer - SSN Migration Editor Nicole Morellini - SSN Migration Editor Corinne Zurfluh - SSN Migration Editor
ISN e-Learning Team
Alexandra Tödt - Head of e-Learning Alexander Killing - Distance Learning Architect Hendrik Holtmann - Content Development Engineer
Jayne Fry - Instructional Design Expert Christoph Isler - e-Learning Multimedia Designer Aurel Niederberger - Project Co-Worker
ISN Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Team
Olivier Bron - Head of ICT Thomas Bücklers - Software Engineer Daniele Azzarito - IT Support Manager
Margrit John - Project Leader Web Development and Services Gregory Kozlovsky - Software Engineer Diego Sosa - Systems Administrator
Benjamin Zelenay - IT Support Assistant Urs Zihlmann - Web Developer  
Specialized Networks
Myriam Dunn Cavelty - CRN Project Coordinator, Senior Researcher Beat Habegger - CRN Senior Researcher, Risk Analysis and Management Project Elgin Brunner - CRN Researcher, Information Operations Project
Christoph Doktor - CRN Senior Researcher, Crisis Management Project Jennifer Giroux - CRN Researcher Sergio Bonin - CRN Researcher, Biological Risks Project
Manuel Suter - CRN Researcher, International CIIP Handbook / Information Security Project Susanne Schmid - CRN Editor Jeronim Perovic - RES Senior Researcher
Daniel Möckli - Senior Researcher, CSS Analyses in Security Policy Editor Christiane Callsen - SSN Project Coordinator Lajescha Dubler - SSN Editor
Anna Locher - PHP Project Coordinator, Senior Researcher Christopher Findlay - Academic Editor Stacy Closson - Visiting Research Fellow

Source [3]

Partner Organizations

Principal Partners

Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

  • Partnership for Peace (PfP) Switzerland

Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) Center for Security Studies (CSS)

  • Crisis and Risk Network (CRN)
  • Russian and Eurasian Security Network (RES)
  • Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security (PHP)
  • Swiss Foreign and Security Policy Network (SSN)

Advanced Research and Assessment Group (ARAG) Al Nakhlah at The Fletcher School Arab Media & Society (AMS) Arms and Security Initiative (ASI) Arms Trade Resource Center (ATRC) Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) Atlantic Council of the United States Atlantische Initiative e.V. Athena Intelligence Baltic Defence College Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) British American Security Information Council (BASIC) Canadian Military Journal (CMJ) Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS) Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Center for Contemporary Conflict (CCC) Center for Defence and Security Strategic Studies (CDSSS) Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Center for Global Development (CGD) Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center) Center for Strategic Analysis - Spectrum Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy (ATASP) Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program (CACI-SRSP) Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN) Centre for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) Belgrade Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Centre for Russia and Eurasia (CERE) Centre for Security Studies - BH (CSS) Centre for the Study of Global Governance (CsGG) Centre of International Relations (CIR) Centro Alti Studi per la Difesa (CASD) Chatham House CIDOB Foundation Cimera New Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Commonwealth Institute Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies (CIFS) Council of Europe Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Deutsch - Französisches Institut (DFI) East-West Center Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies Estonian Foreign Policy Institute - Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut (EVI) European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS) European Policy Centre (EPC) European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) EU-Russia Centre (EU-RC) Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) Ford Institute for Human Security Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) Forschungsstelle Osteuropa Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) Geneva Call Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI Foundation) German Development Institute (GDI) German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) Global Forum for Health Research Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) Gulf Research Center (GRC) Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) Hudson Institute Human Security Report Project (HSRP) INCORE (International Conflict Research) Institut européen de l'Université de Genève (IEUG) Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Institute for International and European Environmental Policy (Ecologic) Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) Institute for Public Policy (IPP) Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung (ISPSW) Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR) Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) International Crisis Group International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) International Relations Students Association (IRSA) Internet Project on German Foreign Policy, University of Trier Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies (JCCTS) Jefferson Institute Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) Kennan Institute Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Kiel Institute) Leitner Program in International & Comparative Political Economy (Leitner Program) Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies Medea Group Media Tenor Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies (MCIIS) Middle East Institute (MEI) MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC) NATO Defense College (NDC) NATO Headquarters NATO School, Oberammergau NewsTin Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) OpenDemocracy Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Oxford Council on Good Governance (OCGG) Oxford Research Group (ORG) Pacific Forum CSIS Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) Peace Studies Program at Cornell University PfP Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes Portuguese Institute for International Relations and Security (IPRIS) Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) Project on Regional and Industrial Economics (PRIE) Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) Research Unit on International Security and Cooperation (UNISCI) Russia in Global Affairs Security and Defence Agenda (SDA) Slavic Research Center (SRC) Small Arms Survey (SAS) Social Research Center (SRC) South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour (SAP-FL) S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) Strategic Studies Group - Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos (GEES) Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) swisspeace Swiss Air Force The Fund for Peace (FfP) The Henry L. Stimson Center The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies (PIPSS) The MacMillan Center The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) - Eurasia Program The Watson Institute for International Studies Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) Transatlantic Institute Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) United Nations University (UNU) United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations World Security Institute (WSI) [4]

Affiliated Partners

International Organizations

Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) International and Security Affairs Centre (ISAC) International Intelligence Summit NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA)

Government Ministries, Departments, and Institutes

Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply (FONES), Federal Department of Economic Affairs Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs United Kingdom Ministry of Defence

Military Academies

National Defence Academy of the Republic of Latvia (NDA) Swedish National Defence College (SNDC) National Defence University of Romania (NDU) Rakovski Defence and Staff College

Training Institutes

International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM) Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC)

Research Institutes and Non-Governmental Organizations in the Americas

Carter Center EastWest Institute (EWI) Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), University of California Institute of World Politics (IWP) Iraq Revenue Watch Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Research Institutes and Non-Governmental Organizations in Western Europe

Berlin Information-center for Transatlantic Security (BITS) Centre for International Politics Thessaloniki (CIPT) Centro Studi per la Difesa a la Sicurezza (CeSDiS) Cicero Foundation DiploFoundation, University of Malta Eurasylum Ltd Galician Institute for International Security and Peace Studies (IGESIP) Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) Institute of International Affairs (IAI) Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael) Roosevelt Study Center (RSC) Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Sustainable Development Group International (SDGI) The Business Humanitarian Forum (BHF) The Network University (TNU)

Research Institutes and Non-Governmental Organizations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Carnegie Moscow Center Center for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy of Ukraine (CPCFPU) International Center for Human Development (ICHD) Institute for the US and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN) Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences (IERAS) Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Science (IERAS) Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) Russia Profile

Research Institutes and Non-Governmental Organizations in Africa

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Media Organizations

EurasiaNet Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) Investigative Reporting Resource Center for SEE (SEE IR) Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Transitions Online (TOL)[5]

Contact, References and Resources





  1. Jeffrey Blankfort's email list, comment on IRSN notifications and emails sent out to subscribers, 19 December 2007.
  3. Staff, IRSN, (Accessed: 26 December 2007)
  4. Principal Partners, accessed 31 December 2007
  5. Affiliated Partners