The EST Working Group on Defense and Security in Europe aims at giving young professionals a voice to express their vision and analyze the main security and defense challenges in Europe – namely terrorism, US – Russia axis, cyber defense and EU’s security norms.


Our Members

Hélène Richard 

Hélène Richard holds a Master degree in International Relations with a specialization in Security, Defense and Diplomacy. Her final dissertation focused on the Occidental vision of Russia’s foreign policy. Since then, she has been involved in several research activities, both at professionnal and personnal level. She is the founder and Head Officer of the Working Group on Security and Defense in Europe (WGSDE).

Thus, she coordinates the work of the four Researchers of the group but also provides analysis, notably on PESCO and Russia – NATO relations, from time to time.

Angelica Puntel

Angelica Puntel holds a bachelor’s degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste, (ITA). Within the programme she focused on International Relations theory and  history and delved into the reality of these theories when she participated in a winter school in Morocco, with the IAPSS, that addressed the political future of the MENA region after the uprisings.

Later, she got her Master of Science in International Relations from the University of Glasgow where she could deepen the application of IR theory on diverse political issues: her main interest lies in EU’s foreign policy, in its security and defense strategies, and in the evolution of its role as a security provider. Indeed, she wrote her dissertation on the development of the EU’s strategic culture and on the influence that such a concept has on the relationship between EU and NATO.

Within the EST Working Group Security and Defense, she is focusing on the relationship between EU and NATO and on the theoretical debate around the existence and power of strategic culture. Currently, she is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Geopolitics and Security in Realism Studies (UK) where she focuses on security and defense issues regarding the EU and the Brexit agenda.

Eric Adamson

Eric Adamson is a Fellow at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Berlin Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations. Within the Working Group on Security and Defense, he focuses on transatlantic relations, specifically US-EU policy vis-à-vis Ukraine and Russia, and serves as editor. Previously, he has interned at the US Embassy in Oslo, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, and the EU Delegation to the US. He completed his Master’s Degree in European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in 2017. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in European Studies and German from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine USA. He speaks Swedish, German, and is learning Russian.

Adriana Mara

Adriana Mara is originally from Greece but she have been living in the UK for the past 5 years. She recently completed her Masters degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at City, University of London where her dissertation focused on digital diplomacy and the 2009 Iranian revolution. She also hold a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Essex. During the interval of her studies she also gained some very helpful experience from the charity sector. Her research interests include topics on diplomacy, security and international relations with a special focus on the role of technology in international politics. She is very happy to be part of this group as it is an opportunity to delve on those topics and productively collaborate with other researchers.

Andri Stravou

Andri Stavrou is currently pursuing a master degree in Political Science at the Free University of Brussels, specializing in the impact of the Iraq war to the U.S. She has previously studied French and European Studies at the University of Cyprus, and her thesis focused on the migration within Europe. After interning at the two Diplomatic Missions of Cyprus in Brussels, she worked further on Middle Eastern Politics. Moreover, interning for a political party of Belgium, she concentrated on Defense and Security and in particular on military operations deployed in Belgium and France. Besides that, she is engaged in NGOs that fight for gender equality and extreme poverty.

Andri is currently the EST Ambassador to Belgium and would like to bring students across Belgium closer to EU institutions.