Christoph Schwarz, MSSc

AIES Associate Fellow


Christoph Schwarz has been with the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy since January 2020, focusing his research on topics of European integration in the field of security and defense policy as well as Europe's alignment amidst rising US-Chinese tensions. He is also deeply immersed in the phenomenon of an increasing militarization of space and its renewed role as an arena for great power politics.

Christoph Schwarz completed the bachelor's degree "Global Sales and Marketing" with a focus on cross-cultural management at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and spent a semester abroad at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. In addition, he took part in various internships at home and abroad.

After completing his bachelor's degree, Christoph Schwarz changed his academic focus to his real passion, the International Relations, and completed his master's degree in "International and European Relations" at the Linköping University in Sweden. During his postgraduate studies, he worked for 6 months as an intern and a further 6 months as a freelance employee in the public affairs agency GPLUS in Berlin. He wrote his master's thesis on the topic of Europeanization of the Austrian security and defense policy within the framework of the CSDP, as well as its effects on the role of neutrality.