Michael Zinkanell, M.A.

AIES Deputy Director


In 2014, Michael Zinkanell graduated from Malmö University, Sweden, with a bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. After his studies he pursued to work at the Austrian National Defence Academy, Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management, analysing the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In addition, Michael Zinkanell developed upon his academic interest and successfully completed his master's degree in International Development, at the University of Vienna, Austria. During the research for his master's thesis on Japanese development initiatives in Afghanistan and Iraq, Michael Zinkanell worked at the Afghan Embassy in Tokyo in 2017.

Since January 2019, Michael Zinkanell has been working at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. He is investigating European developments on a geopolitical, national, and socio-political level and is actively involved in the AIES scenario analyses. Furthermore, Michael Zinkanell focusses on new dimensions of hybrid threats, particularly emphasising political implications of disinformation and cyberattacks.

In addition, Michael Zinkanell is involved in Shabka, a Strategic Think & Do Tank, dedicated to developing and implementing projects that focus on security and foreign policy.

His most recent publications include among others Deceive and Disrupt: Disinformation as an Emerging Cybersecurity Challenge as well as Disinformation during Covid-19 from a European Perspective.