Thomas Renard

Senior Research Fellow

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EU strategic partnerships, emerging powers, global security, terrorism


Thomas Renard is a Senior Research Fellow in the programme Europe in the World since 2009. His research focuses on the multipolarisation of international affairs (in all dimensions, from economy to military) and the strategies developed by the European Union to cope with emerging powers, notably the so-called strategic partnerships. He leads the European Strategic Partnerships Observatory (ESPO), a joint project of FRIDE and Egmont.

He has written extensively on the EU’s strategic partnerships. His main contributions include the edited volume The European Union and Emerging Powers in the 21st Century: How Europe Can Shape a New Global Order (Asghate, 2012, with Sven Biscop), or The Treachery of Strategies: A Call for True EU Strategic Partnerships (Egmont Paper 45, 2011). His publications have been translated in Chinese and Russian, notably, and he is often quoted in the international media.

He also works on terrorism and counter-terrorism. Previously, Mr Renard worked with the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation (as the head of the Brussels office) and with the Jamestown Foundation, a US think tank. He has published numerous articles on this topic.

Mr Renard is also Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College and a regular guest lecturer in various Universities (e.g. Ghent University, Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and College of Europe, Bruges). He is a PhD student at Ghent University. He studied previously at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Universidad de Salamanca, and Georges Washington University. In 2012, he became a member of the Young Atlanticist Program, convened by the Atlantic Council of the US. He is also a member of the Friday Group, a group of young Belgians from diverse horizons gathering to reflect on strategic and major societal issues, supported by the King Baudouin Foundation.

Previously, he worked as a correspondent journalist and as an analyst, based in Washington DC.