Luis Simón joined the IES in October 2010. He is also a co-founder and senior editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy. Since February 2012, Luis has been providing advise on strategic affairs to the Office of the Spanish Minister of Defense. Between September 2012 and April 2013 he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (Columbia University).
At the IES, Luis is a member of the 'Foreign and Security Policy' research cluster. He leads a Masters course on 'European Foreign Policy' and coordinates the University of Southern California (USC) Brussels Program 'Contemporary Issues in European Security'.
Current research projects include the evolution of U.S. force posture and defense strategy and its impact upon transatlantic relations; changing geostrategic dynamics in Asia and their implications for Europe. Other research interests include NATO, the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy and the security and defence policies of Britain, France and Germany.
Luis holds a PhD from Royal Holloway College (University of London) and a Masters degree from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (2009-2010), the EU Institute for Security Studies (2009), the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University (2008), the European Policy Centre (2008) and the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (2008).
In 2008/09 Luis Simón was a fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program of the VolkswagenStiftung, Germany, the Compagnia di San Paolo, Turin and the Rijksbanken Jubilaeumsfond, Stockholm.