Olivier LEWIS

Olivier has been a Senior Academic Assistant at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, since August 2018. 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. Olivier 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). For a while, he was also a scuba instructor.

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 Ph.D. 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 the politics of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo.

Olivier is a reviewer for 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 writing his first book, Security Cooperation between Western States, to be published with Routledge. He is also working on shorter publications related to critical realist approaches to intelligence studies, the security policies of small European states, and the gender, sex and sexuality policies of state security organisations. He has already published several book chapters:

Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing Non-State Counterterrorism”. In Counter-Terrorism and Civil Society: Post-9/11 Progress and Challenges, edited by Samuel Mullins, Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, and Mutuma Ruteere. Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming.

Florez, Diana and Olivier Lewis. “FARC”. In The Handbook of Homeland Security, edited by Scott N. Romaniuk, Clarence Augustus Martin, and Scott M. Catino. London: CRC Press, 2019.

Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing State Counterterrorism”. In The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, Daniela Irrera and Stewart Tristan 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.

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