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United States
Boston University
European Union, European security, EU foreign policy, political economy of security, EU internal and border security, EU immigration and asylum policy, EU border security, defense industry, defense spending, defense acquisition and technology, transnational interest groups, transnational private authority, bureaucracy, EU lobbying, defense and security interest groups, EU public opinion, European identity, European refugee crisis, Schengen, FRONTEX, European Defence Agency, state capacity, international organization capacity, governing capacity, EU information security, EU security clearance, EU information classification.
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About Me

Dr. Kaija E. Schilde is Assistant Professor at the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. She is co-director of the BU Project on the Political Economy of Security and the Pardee Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking. Her primary research interests involve European and transatlantic security, the political economy of defense and security, and the role of private nonstate actors in national and international security. Her book manuscript, Embedded in Brussels: the Political Economy of European Security, investigates the emergent state-society relationship between EU institutions and interest groups, with a particular focus on border security and defense industries and markets. Her other research investigates the causes and consequences of military spending cuts; the relationship between military spending, innovation, and capabilities; defense reform and force transformation; arms exports under conditions of dependence and austerity; public opinion and European identity; the governance of defense and security markets; and the international diffusion of domestic and border security practices. She has a government policy background in transatlantic security and acquisition reform.

Recent Publications

“War Powers, Private Actors, and National Security State Capacity,” Boston University Law Review, (Volume 95, Number 4, July 2015).

“Cosmic top secret Europe? The legacy of North Atlantic Treaty Organization and cold war US policy on European Union information policy.” European Security 24.2 (2015): 167-182.

“Who are the Europeans? European Identity Outside of European Integration.” JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 52.3 (2014): 650-667.

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