Olivier LEWIS

Olivier has been a Research Fellow at the College of Europe since August 2019, researching, supervising student research, and lecturing. In 2018, he was a Senior Academic Assistant, responsible for security-related courses. During his doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews, Olivier was an Academic Tutor for two undergraduate courses: Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis and International Security. He conducted internships in Brussels (with the United States Mission to NATO, and Transparency International) and in Paris (with the Jacques Delors Institute, and the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS)). For a while, Olivier also taught scuba diving.

In March 2018, Olivier defended his PhD thesis entitled "Explaining Military, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Cooperation between Western States". His external examiner was Professor Didier Bigo of Kings College London/Science Po Paris. From 2015 to 2016, Olivier was a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. In 2013-2014, the University of St Andrews awarded him a 600th Anniversary PhD Scholarship in the Arts & Humanities. Prior to this, Olivier obtained an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex, an MA in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the College of Europe (Darwin Promotion), an MLitt in International Political Theory from the University of St Andrews, and a BA in International Relations, French and Journalism from Lehigh University. In 2005, he spent a semester studying Arabic and the politics of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo.

Olivier is a reviewer for Routledge & CRC Press and the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. His professional memberships include an Associate Fellowship at Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and memberships with several academic associations related to International Relations (e.g. ISA, EISA).


Olivier is currently publishing an article on Brexit, and writing a research monograph, Security Cooperation between Western States, to be published with Routledge in 2021. In partnership with Jeffrey Michels, Olivier authored a popular series of blog posts (I, II, III, IV) for the London School of Economics' American Politics and Policy blog. Finally, Olivier has published several book chapters addressing (counter)terrorism and (counter)insurgency, focusing on conceptual questions and the FARC:

  • Florez, Diana and Olivier Lewis. “FARC”. In Terrorist and Insurgent Groups: A Global Survey of Tactics, Threats, and Characteristics, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, Stewart Webb, and Animesh Roul. Boca Raton: CRC Press, forthcoming.
  • Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing Non-State Counterterrorism”. In Counter-Terrorism and Civil Society: International Challenges Since 9/11. Edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk and Emeka Thaddues Njoku. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021.
  • Florez, Diana and Olivier Lewis. “FARC”. In The Handbook of Homeland Security, edited by Scott N. Romaniuk, Clarence Augustus Martin, and Scott M. Catino. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2021.
  • Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing State Counterterrorism”. In The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy, edited by Scott N. Romaniuk, Francis Grice, Daniela Irrera, and Stewart Webb. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing Counterterrorism”. In Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern War, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk and Stewart Tristan Webb. London: CRC Press, 2016.

Master's Thesis Supervision:

Olivier can supervise research, in English or French, on the following topics:

  • Security Studies, especially
    • Defence cooperation
    • Intelligence cooperation
    • Police Cooperation
  • Terrorism/Counterterrorism
  • Insurgency/Counterinsurgency
  • Theories of International Relations and International Political Philosophy

Examples of previous topics covered: 

  • The 2008 August War and its Impact on Russian and Georgian Military Recruiting Advertisements
  • The Role of International Organisations in the Statehood of Kosovo
  • The Implications for France of the Increasing Russian Presence in the Central African Republic
  • Strategic Narratives in Russian News Media Portrayal of NATO and the European Army.

Pour entrer en contact

+48 730 113 374
+48 22 54 59 415
olivier.lewis [at] coleurope.eu
ul. Nowoursynowska 84, PL-02-797 Warszawa
Rectorate, room 202b