My academic background is in history, intelligence, and terrorism. I am a Research Associate at King’s College London in the Department of War Studies, working on a project about intelligence and strategic surprise. I have published widely on international counterterrorism intelligence cooperation in Europe and the Middle East during and after the Cold War. I have published a monograph in this field and contributed several articles to refereed academic journals of history, intelligence, and security.
I studied for my BA and MA at the Universities of Basel, Geneva, Sciences Po Paris, and the LSE. I was awarded a Ph.D. in contemporary history by the University of Bern. For my Ph.D, I also studied at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). I subsequently held a postdoctoral position at the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, in Bologna.