Lawrence Kettle, MA

AIES Research Associate

Lawrence Kettle, MA, graduated from the University of Groningen with a Masters in International Relations and International Organization specialising in International Security; and with a Bachelors degree in International Relations, with honours, from Aberystwyth University. Both his Bachelor and Masters theses focused on the evolution of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

Prior to coming to the AIES, Lawrence was the recipient of the prestigious Bruno Kreisky Forum grant and fellowship which he completed at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (ÖIIP), conducting research on the theoretical basis for the formulation of comprehensive Global Strategies, in particular focusing on the foreign, security and defence policies of the European Union. Since 2014 he is also a member of the International Network Observatory, an international think-tank that focuses on Global Strategy and Big Data.

During his Masters studies Lawrence took up an internship at the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) in Groningen, The Netherlands: Here he worked on projects related to Security Sector Reform including the centre's "Good Governance in Turkey programme" focusing on financial accountability and budgetary transparency of Turkey's defence sector, a programme sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.

From March 2010 to June 2011 he was elected the Vice-President of the United Nations Association for Youth in the United Kingdom; during which time he was also a member of the United Nations Association of the UK's Procedural Committee. During his studies at Aberystwyth, Lawrence was also a member of the National Executive Committee for the UN Association of Wales.

Lawrence's research specialisations include European Security and Defence, Security Studies, and International Security issues. His current research centres on EU Foreign, Security & Defence policy, EU – NATO relations, European Identity, security in the Western Balkans, and EU-UK relations in the post-Brexit era.


Lawrence Kettle, Brexit Negotiations: Phase One Completed? Fokus Paper (Policy Paper) 7/2017 (Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, AIES, December 2017)

Lawrence Kettle, The UK's Referendum on EU Membership: The debates and the consequences of a Brexit, Fokus Paper (Policy Paper) 1/2016 (Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, AIES, February 2016)

Andrej Zwitter and Lawrence Kettle, Global Strategy Choices (GSC): Prognosis and Strategic Planning for European Foreign and Security Policy, Working Paper, 82/July 2015 (Austrian Institute for International Affairs, OIIP, July 2015)

Lawrence Kettle, Global Strategy and the European Union: Advancing the Debate and Updating the European Security Strategy, Policy Paper 3/2015 (Austrian Institute for International Affairs, OIIP, April 2015)

Merijn Hartog and Lawrence Kettle, The Netherlands and Central Asia, Policy Brief, EUCAM, European National Policy Series. N° 6 – August 2012. Open Society Foundations