Peter Brorsen appointed inaugural director of RUSI Europe in heart of Brussels

Peter Brorsen

Peter Brorsen

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has announced the appointment of Peter Brorsen as the defence and security-focused Think Tank’s first director of RUSI Europe and tasked with representing RUSI in front of the European Union, its Member States and NATO. The offices for this new venture are to be located in Brussels across from the European Parliament.

During his 25 years in the sphere of international affairs, Brorsen has principally been stationed in the Balkans, the Middle East and East Africa with multilateral agencies and has led research with British, European and American Government entities.

For the United Nations, Brorsen helped to implement the peace agreement between Croatia and Yugoslavia in the city of Vukovar, maintain an international presence in the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada, represent the United Nations with the Coalition Forces and the Iraqi authorities in Mosul after the invasion of Iraq and design a stabilisation and governance process for Mogadishu in Somalia.

While adjunct professor at New York University, Brorsen initiated the use of advanced analytics to estimate the risk of armed conflict, leading later to his revision of the EU’s and African Union’s early warning systems.

In Brussels, Brorsen was the founding director of the European Institute of Peace, a Member State organisation closely aligned with EU foreign policy interests and with projects across the Middle East.

Brorsen studied at Harvard and Oxford, focusing on political theory and empirical analysis.

Commenting on Brorsen’s appointment, RUSI’s director geeneral Dr Karin von Hippel said: “Peter comes to us with a rich mix of expertise and experience in conflict management and security sector reform. He will help to manage RUSI’s relationships with the European Union, Member States and NATO.”

Brorsen responded: “RUSI’s security and defence insights are highly regarded across Europe. Establishing of RUSI Europe brings this expertise to the doorstep of EU institutions, NATO and the EU Member States. Our objective is to deliver first-class thinking to European security and defence stakeholders. RUSI is committed to helping resolve Europe’s most pressing security challenges. Our Europe Team will be engaging with RUSI’s characteristic sense of purpose, applying evidence-based methods to our research and offering both jargon-free and pragmatic options.”

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