Robert C. Egnell


Non-Resident Senior Fellow, CSS


Center for Security Studies (CSS)
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Robert Egnell (PhD London) is a Visiting Professor and Director of Teaching with the Security Studies Program, as well as a senior faculty advisor for the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. He is currently on leave from a position as Associate Professor at the Swedish National Defence College. Robert is also the founding director of the Stockholm Center for Strategic Studies, a think tank created in 2005 in response to a growing demand for accurate, objective, and non-governmental research and policy advice in the Swedish and international contexts.

Dr Egnell's research and expertise can perhaps best be summarized as “the conduct and effectiveness of peace and stability operations”. This means that he over the years has studied state-building and security sector reform, counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, gender in military operations, civil-military coordination for effectiveness in peace operations, as well as the connection between security and development. His current research project is nevertheless a book on “Human Security and the State” – an attempt to rethink the way we understand security, who the threatened are, who threatens, and who the providers of security should be.

Dr Egnell is also a captain in the Swedish Army reserves with operational experience from the first Swedish battalion in Kosovo in 1999-2000. Previous appointments include working as a senior researcher at the Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOI) where he focused his research on African Security, peace support operations and civil-military relations. Until June 2007 he was an assistant lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he taught International Relations, conflict management and political science.


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  • PhD (2008) King's College, London, War Studies Department
  • MA War Studies (2003) King's College, London, War Studies
  • MA (2002) Uppsala University, Literature
  • BA (2002) Stockholm University, Political Science


  • German (speak, read, write)
  • Swedish (speak, read, write)