Expert Profile

Dr Alexandre Vautravers
Position(s) Security Expert, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva; Editor-in-chief, Revue militaire Suisse (RMS)
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Dr Alexandre Vautravers is an Associate Fellow within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva. Associate Professor of International Relations and History, Webster University Geneva. Visiting Fellow, Changing Character of War (CCW), University of Oxford. Lt Col (GS) and editor in chief, Revue militaire suisse (RMS).

Alexandre Vautravers obtained a PhD (Hons) in Contemporary History at the University of Lyon, and in Social and Economic Sciences (Hons) at the University of Geneva. He taught at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and in several American universities, where he was in turn Academic Director (School for International Training) and Head of Department (Webster University Geneva). He has lectured in America and many European countries, but also Iran and China.

Aside from teaching and academic management, he has led several research projects in the areas of technology (Centre Pierre Léon (CPL) Lyon; Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) Paris; Swiss Academy of Science & Technology (SATW)), patents, commercial aviation and transport (UNIGE), environment and agriculture (FNRS), migration, security and financial issues (Swiss and French Government, as well as several political parties at the national level), policy and risk assessment (Avenir Suisse). He has collaborated with various companies and multinationals in the areas of strategy, marketing and project management. He is also active in several research centres in Switzerland and abroad.

His publications include a dozen books and edited volumes, with over 300 articles on the themes of international security and humanitarian affairs, technology, doctrine, and defence industry/economics as well as resource scarcity, development, politics and history.

Lieutenant colonel (GS) Alexandre Vautravers served 17 years in the Cavalry, commanding a tank company (1998-2002) and recently an armoured battalion (1999-2003). He participated in training and missions abroad (EU and Balkans). He is now a senior staff officer, active in the areas of planning, military intelligence and training.

Outside of his military duties, he has been the editor in chief of the Revue militaire suisse (RMS) since 2006, when the journal celebrated its 150th anniversary of uninterrupted publication.

He is a frequent contributor to many scientific journals and consulted by the Swiss and international media on security and defence policy, political and international economic issues.