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.

Call for Researchers!


Are you studying or interested in European security and defense issues? Do you have a passion for research and writing? Then you should apply to the European Student Think Tank’s Working Group on Security and Defense in Europe! 

The European Student Think Tank is an international organization that promotes young peoples’ engagement in the European policy-making process and promotes the values of the European Union. The working group is currently looking for dedicated and passionate graduate students and young professionals with a keen interest in geopolitical and/or security issues. 

Starting in September 2019, you will contribute to joint publications, write your own independent papers, and promote the working group’s visibility. Check out our latest Security Report to see our previous activities and research areas. 


This call addresses young professionals and graduate students. This is a remote position. However, attending at least one annual in-person meeting will be required. You must be actively engaged for the whole period of the term (from September 2019 to December 2020).  

To apply, please send: 

  • A one-page CV, mentioning all relevant activities;
  • A short letter of motivation
  • A one-page statement (maximum) describing your fields of interest
  • Academic writing sample

Please send your application to Hélène Richard, Head of the Working group, with the caption “Application WGSDE – Researcher”:

Deadline to apply: Saturday 14 September 2019. Don’t miss this chance!


Our Members

Hélène Richard 

Hélène Richard is the founder and head of the Working Group on Security and Defense in Europe. She has been working on peacekeeping issues for more than a year, first with the Soldiers of Peace International Association and then at the United Nations within the Department of Peace Operations. 

She has always been passionate about security-related issues, with a focus on Russia for more than 4 years. She has published over 15 articles in collaboration with youth NGOs and institutes.

She completed her Masters in Security, Defense and Diplomacy at the University of Lyon, France, in 2015. She speaks French, English, Spanish, Russian and has started learning Italian. 

Angelica Puntel

Angelica Puntel holds a bachelor’s degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste, (ITA), and a Master of Science in International Relations from the University of Glasgow (UK). In her dissertation, she focused on the development of the EU’s strategic culture, on the influence that such a concept has on the relationship between EU and NATO, and on the role of the EU and NATO as security providers for Europe.

After her position at Oxford Analytica as Analysis Rapporteur, she joined the international secretariat of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly as a research assistant. Here, she analysed the relationship between NATO and Russia and NATO’s policies, initiatives and perspectives on cyber security, defence, and deterrence.

Within the EST Working Group on Security and Defense, she wrote on the relationship between EU and NATO and on how they plan to face the ever evolving hybrid threat.

Eric Adamson

Eric Adamson serves as deputy head and editor of the working group. He is currently the program manager for policy and research at the American Jewish Committee in Berlin, focusing on transatlantic issues.

Previously, Eric gained professional experience at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway.

He completed his masters degree in European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in 2017 and has a bachelors degree in European Studies and German from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine USA. He speaks Swedish and German.

Adriana Mara

Adriana is a research associate at the Risk Advisory Group based in London. There she is part of the Europe team and focuses on mitigating regulatory and reputational risks. Prior, Adriana held research positions in the London think-tank sector including at Tech Against Terrorism and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. At the ESTt, Adriana produces academic papers and contributes to collaborative projects on various issues Europe is facing especially those involving technological challenges. 

She holds a Masters degree from City, University of London where she completed her dissertation on digital diplomacy as well as a Bachelors degree from the University of Essex in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.