Franz-Stefan Gady

Peer Board Member

Franz-Stefan Gady

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Franz-Stefan Gady is a defense analyst and fellow with the Institute for International Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Franz-Stefan has advised militaries in Europe and the United States on structural reform and the future of armed conflict. Prior that, positions at the EastWest Institute, the Project on National Security Reform and the National Defense University. Conducted field research in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he i.a. embedded with the Afghan National Army, NATO forces and Kurdish militias. Franz-Stefan has also reported from a wide range of countries and conflict zones as a journalist. Member of the Advisory Committee Political Symposium of Forum Alpbach.


We are living in an age of political change, shaped by systemic Great Power competition. To achieve its goals and interests in this emerging world order, Europe needs both strong economies and military forces. Consequently, employing military forces to protect national and common European interests will have increasing importance. However, robust security- and defense-policy requires well-informed leaders, capable of thinking and acting strategically. Additionally, it is of utmost importance to include the public in this discussion. I sincerely hope this journal contributes to this effort.